Agence India Press
April 20, 2011
Srinagar: Amid pleasant weather conditions, tourist inflow to Kashmir valley has started to increase. World famous tourist destination Gulmarg appears to be the main attraction for domestic and foreign visitors.
Asia’s largest tulip garden thrown open for the visitors some weeks before is also one of the biggest attraction for tourists. Visitors find the garden ideal for clicking pictures and making videos.
While as the rest of country is reeling under scorching heat wave conditions, after incessant rains, weather in Kashmir valley has turned out to be ideal for the tourist season. “It is really pleasant weather in the valley and we are enjoying to the hilt. Tulip garden is really a wonder on earth and it is simply wonderful to be here. Tomorrow, we plan to move to Gulmarg and stay there for few days. We will enjoy a Gondola ride there and later visit Betab Valley,” Rakesh Kumar of Maharashtra who visited Tulip garden along with his friends told Agence India Press.
The garden is witnessing huge rush of tourists as visitors enjoy visiting the garden to click pictures and make videos.
Hoteliers’, ponnywalas, and traders are hopeful of a good business in coming weeks. Their only apprehension is that unlike summer last year, the summer ahead should remain peaceful.
“We are hopeful of a good business and so far tourist inflow to the valley is picking up. Visiting including those from foreign countries visit Gulmarg in good numbers and almost every hotel here is doing a good business. We wish the summer this year remains violence-free and that will immensely multiply the rush of visitors in June and July,” said an hotelier.
Like hoteliers, Shikariwalas and houseboat owners also expressed their satisfaction over the tourist flow and hoped that the rush will increase manifold in coming weeks. Cold winds blowing along the world famous Dal Lake in the evenings attract tourists to the lake.
Tourists take shikara ride and many others prefer to stroll around Dal Lake in the evenings. The boulevard road witnesses huge flow of traffic especially in the evening as locals also move out to the banks of Dal Lake to pass leisurely time.
Public parks including the Zabarwan Park, Nishat and Shalimar garden also witness good flow of visitors and locals. The visitors rush to the gardens had declined due to the incessant rains for over a week but with an improvement in weather conditions, the flow of visitors and locals is on increasing. Reports from Pahalgam said that good numbers of visitors were visiting the tourist destination and the hoteliers, traders and ponnywalas were doing a good business. (AIP)
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