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Kashmir -A Real Paradise on Earth

Published on: Monday, 8th August 2011 06:27 AM     By      Administrator

"It is a wonderful tourist season and all of us are praying things stay this way in the coming months and the next year as well", said Muhammad Ramzan, 54, the owner of a Dal Lake houseboat.
There is a heavy rush of visitors daily to the Mughal gardens of Nishat, Shalimar and Chashmashahi in Srinagar and roads outside these gardens are usually crammed with vehicles carrying tourists.



Tourism is the Valley's biggest money spinner after the Rs.2,000-crore horticulture sector. It was badly hit last year as the Valley had remained shut for over four months because of the summer unrest during which 110 people died in bloody clashes with the security forces.


Shikaras are used by the tourists for joyrides in the Dal Lake and the Nigeen Lake. After many years, the shikarawallahs are doing a roaring business here.
A new attraction for the joyriders this year are the high-speed water bikes in the Dal Lake. Wearing life jackets, tourists enjoy the thrill.

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Another major attraction for the tourists is the pony ride from the north Kashmir Sonamarg tourist resort to the Thajwas Glacier. The slow moving mass of snow and water present a spectacle which defies description.
"There is fast stream rafting, snow boarding, water skiing, cable car rides in Gulmarg to the snow capped Afarwat Hills, mouthwatering local cuisine, disarming hospitality of Kashmiris and a hundred more indulgences for the tourists."