Kashmir tourism set for makeover, foreigners can now access Ladakh

On the involvement of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Union Ministry of Home Affairs, has decided to unwind the ‘Protected Area Permit’ for foreigners visiting various parts of Ladakh. This will permit foreign tourists to visit various parts of the Nubra Valley also.
Expressing happiness over the development, the Chief Minister repeated the resolve of the government to boost tourism infrastructure in the state and open new areas in Kashmir as well as Jammu for tourists.
Mehbooba Mufti has directed the Tourism Department to accelerate necessary approvals and start work on various tourism projects for which DPRs have already been submitted for approval from the Government of India.
In addition to improving tourism in already established tourist places, like Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg, etc., Mufti has directed that extra attention needs to be given to upcoming places like Yusmarg, Doodpathri, Khilanmarg, Kokernag, Tosamaidan etc., to attract more tourist arrivals.
The Chief Minister has also asked the Tourism Department to take on infrastructure development for promotion of border tourism as well as adventure tourism in Kashmir.
She conveyed hope, that very soon tourists will visit Kashmir as had happened at the beginning of this year.
Moreover, Secretary Tourism has been decided to launch a strong campaign in various parts of the country as well as abroad particularly focusing on south Asian countries to attract tourists to Kashmir.