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Manasbal will soon be among popular tourist destinations in Kashmir: JK Admin

A view of Manasbal lake from the shade of a Willow tree. [Photo: Wikimedia/Mehrajmir13]

Ganderbal: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary, Arun Kumar Mehta on Tuesday said that to promote the local economy, Manasbal festival was organised and Manasbal will soon be among the popular tourist destinations in the Valley.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the festival, Mehta as per the news agency Kashmir News Observer, said that Manasbal is not such a popular tourist place, and to promote it and the local economy here, Manasbal festival was organised today.

He added that Manasbal will soon be among the popular tourist destinations in the Kashmir Valley and events like Manasbal festival will help in promoting such places.

Meanwhile, Secretary Tourism Department, Saramd Hafeez said that short and long-term measures are being taken by the department to give a flip to the tourism sector that will change the socio-economic condition of the people.

While interacting with the local stakeholders, he impressed upon them to take benefit of the recently notified Homestay policy and register themselves to get engaged in income generation programmes.

He said that homestays are meant to take the benefits to the grassroots level and to benefit the locals through tourism sector.

Director Tourism G N Ittoo said the government has recommended a number of locations for promotion and Manasbal is one among them and the main aim to organize such events is to attract tourists to visit these beautiful places.


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