Aharbal Summer festival witnesses multifarious adventure activities
Dir Tourism kicks off trekking expedition, angling competition
KULGAM: The tourism department and Ahrabal Development Authority (ADA) in collaboration with District Administration Kulgam Monday organized a summer festival at the famed tourist destination of Aharbal.
The festival was organised promote adventure tourism and off- beat tourist destinations.
During this summer festival multifarious activities and events were carried out which include Trekking expeditions upto Kongawattan and Kounsarnag, Heritage walk with Fossil talk, Angling competition and bicycle rally etc,.
The events were flagged-off by Director Tourism, Kashmir, Dr. G. N. Itoo.
The participants of a trekking group comprising professionals from different fields from outside UT was also flagged-off for a trekking expedition to Kounsarnag by director tourism Kashmir.
In his address, Dr. Itoo said the event was organised to promote Aharbal in a big way which possesses huge adventure tourism potential with beautiful and attractive scenic and adventure tourist sites.
He said the Valley remained abuzz with tourists this year due to the efforts of the department and stakeholders. He also stated that 75 off-beat tourist sites have been identified with emphasis to promote adventure tourism to attract more and more tourists and adventure loving people to these tourist destinations.
“The department has notified Homestay guidelines which will give a push to Rural economy besides giving tourists an exquisite experience of witnessing local lifestyle, cuisine and culture,” Itoo in an official handout said.