District Admin Kulgam hosts Aharbal festival
KULGAM: The district administration Kulgam and tourism department on Monday organised a mega festival at the famed tourist destination of Aharbal to promote Aharbal tourist destination meticulously.
The festival was organised in collaboration with Aharbal Development Authority, Rural Development, DYSSO, Forest, Education, Handicraft & Handloom and other Departments.
During the festival, multifarious activities and events were carried out which include Heritage walk with Fossil talk, bicycle rally and trekking expedition.
These events were flagged-off by the District Development Chairperson, Mohammad Afzal Parray and Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kulgam, Dr. Bial Mohi-Ud-Din Bhat.
The festival witnessed huge hustle and bustle with visitors and tourists seen making purchases at the stalls set up by various departments, SHG members and Artisans associated with handicraft and handloom besides locals.
The stall holders had put their attractions on display to woo the customers during the mela.
In his address, the DC said that the event has been organised to promote Aharbal in a big way which possesses huge adventure tourism potential with beautiful and attractive scenic and adventure tourist sites.
He added that Aharbal and areas in proximity remained abuzz this season and recorded an influx of 1.60 lac tourists, visitors in the last 08 months.
Dr Bilal stated that emphasis was laid to promote adventure and pilgrimage tourism to attract more and more tourists, especially adventure loving people to these tourist destinations.
He further said that near about 1000 homestays were being developed in already declared tourist villages which will give a push to rural economy besides giving tourists an exquisite experience of witnessing local lifestyle, cuisine and culture.