Kashmir Festival at Srinagar on 10th & 11th of October 2009
Srinagar October 7- The Minister for Tourism and Culture, Jammu & Kashmir Mr. Nawang Ringzan Jora while addressing a press conference said that the department of tourism is organizing two days Kashmir festival on 10th and 11th of October 2009 at Srinagar.
The Minister said that the purpose of organizing such festival is to widen the scope of tourism sector and make the tourists fully aware about the hospitality, art, beauty, culture, traditions and handicrafts of Kashmir.
During the press conference it was informed that the festival will be inaugurated according to the age old tradition of the valley by the Chief Minister, Mr. Omar Abdullah at Nandpora Nageen Srinagar on 10th of October and the Chief Minister will unveil the mast logo of Kashmir Festival and will visit Art and Crafts stalls there.
The festival will comprise of flagging off trekking expedition to Nara Nang, inauguration of Kashmiri Food Festival, Boat Race, Music/ Craft Festival of Kashmir Haat, Kashmir Golf Festival at Kashmir Gold Club and Music concert/ presentations at Nishat. Traditional Musical Programmes and other festivities will be arranged at Gulmarg and Pahalgam.
The Department of Tourism will hold the festival in association with J&K Information & Public Relations Department, Handicrafts Department, Cultural Academy and J&K Police.
The Minister said that absolute peace is here and tourists can come and enjoy themselves any where in the Jammu & Kashmir State especially at Gulmarg, Aharbal, Pahalgam, Kokernag, and Srinagar. The Minister said that the festival this time has been arranged at a short notice and next time it will be organized in advance before the tourist season commence.
The Minister desired that the visiting tourists may stay for a night at Verinag during their visit in the valley. The Minister also informed that more than 9 lakh tourists including 4 lakh Amaranth Yatries visited the valley so far this year and the number is expected to go beyond 10 lakhs by the end of current year. It was informed that the carrying capacity for tourists is 24000 at Srinagar, 10,000 at Pahalgam and 12000 at Gulmarg.
He said that the Department of Tourism is also holding a Sufi Music festival on Amir Khusroo on 18th and 19th of October for development of Tourism Sector in the State.
On the occasion, the Director of Information & Public Relations
and Director Tourism, Kashmir were also present.