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Srinagar: Kashmir Valley has broken all previous records of tourist arrivals in the last three months. The valley received over 3.5 lakh tourists in the last three months of this year. The maximum tourist arrival in the month of March was 1.8 lakh tourists and in the last week of April, about 58 thousand tourists reached Kashmir.

The increase in the number of tourists has forced the government to increase the number of flights to and from Srinagar airport. Around 92 flights operate daily from Srinagar airport while 8 to 9 thousand flights land in Kashmir daily.

 

In the last 7 days of April, 58 thousand tourists have come to the valley. The Tulip Garden was opened in the last week of March and on April 2, more than 50 thousand people stormed the garden.

 

Ahsan-ul-Haq, Deputy Director of Tourism, said, “We had about 60,000 tourists in the month of January. In February it reached 1 lakh and in March we had a record breaking number of 1 lakh 80 thousand tourists. location. In the last 7 days of April, we have already got 58,000 tourists. There are about 8 thousand arrivals per day. So, in the last three months, it has crossed the 3 lakh mark. It is very encouraging to see that our efforts are yielding results. We expect more tourists to come in the future.”

About 3 lakh tourists have come to the Tulip Garden so far. The tourism department says that looking at the figures, it seems that all the previous records of the people gathering in the garden will be broken. Travel agents in the Valley say that all 5 and 4 star hotels and properties are fully booked for the next two months. Even mid-range hotels are booked till June.

 

Tour and Travel Agent Wasim Gausani said, “Tulip Garden was opened recently and we have had a good season. It started in January and continued till February. All our hotels and houseboats are fully booked, and bookings have been made for the next two. month. Kashmir is completely sold out. We now have a good inflow of tourists and everything is booked in the valley till June and we are sure that all previous records will be broken.”

Spring is one of the most beautiful times to visit the valley. The Jammu and Kashmir tourism department organizes several spring festivals to attract more tourists and prolong the spring season. This year the department has not restricted the spring season to tulips only but to other gardens as well.

Tourists from all over the country are enjoying these beautiful gardens and hill stations of the Kashmir Valley.

DK Chakraborty, a tourist from Mumbai said, “I was in Pahalgam, there was no room available. I came back. Tried at the Srinagar Taj Hotel, of which I am a member, but they had no place, I heard from my cab driver that Almost all hotels are booked. I can see many tourists coming here. It’s fun. I met many people in Pahalgam. I want to ask everyone to pack their bags and come.”

Reshmi Sharma, a tourist from Kolkata said, “It is a beautiful place and I wish many people would come here. It is truly a paradise, it will help the local people and earn their livelihood. A lot of business locals will get it. We have seen people coming here from all over India. We are happy that facilities are good, good people are helpful.

The influx of tourists has also surprised tourism officials, who have been working in Mughal gardens for the past three decades, saying they have never seen such an influx of tourists into the gardens.

Nishat Garden official Khurshid Ahmed said, “I have not seen such crowd in the last thirty years of service. This year all records have been broken. Last Saturday we saw that about ten thousand people visit this park in a day. Tourism is the backbone of Kashmir. The revival of economy and tourism is meant to boost the economy of Kashmir.

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