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Kashmir to host 6-day festival to celebrate arrival of spring, promote tourism

Kashmir will have a six-day ‘Tulip Festival’ one month from now to commend the appearance of spring, advance the travel industry, and acquaint guests with the valley’s rich culture and custom, an authority said on Sunday. The celebration, starting on April 3, will be initiated by Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha. 


“All courses of action are set up for the celebration and we are anticipating it,” Deputy Director, Tourism and Publicity, Ideel Saleem told. 

He said the celebration is being coordinated to commend the appearance of the spring season and to advance the travel industry area in the valley.

A large group of exercises, including social shows and melodic nights, will be held during the celebration and public level, and nearby craftsmen would captivate the guests, Saleem said.

Around 25 slows down would be set up to show and advance the rich practices, culture, foods, and specialties of the valley so travelers become acquainted with them, the delegate chief said. 

Another travel industry office official said the celebration would introduce a one-of-a-kind chance to show the different cultures and food of Jammu and Kashmir.

A live presentation of workmanship and handloom items alongside a large number of social exercises would be held during the celebration, he said. 

The authority said skillet India special movement has been taken up and eager missions to draw sightseers are being held at unmistakable spots including metro stations, travel shops and other public spots, he said.

The official said pan-India promotional activity has been taken up and enthusiastic campaigns to lure tourists are being held at prominent places including metro stations, travel marts and other public places, he said.

Saleem said efforts were being made to make the festival a grand success. Various tour and travel bodies across the country participated in these activities, the official added.

Sound and lighting systems near the Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Centre and other places, including illumination of the Hari Parbat Fort, are also being undertaken in view of the festival.

Saleem said the tourism department is also planning another major event — the Houseboat festival — after the culmination of the Muslim fasting month of Ramzan in May.

“Houseboat is an icon of tourism and is one of the main attractions of the visitors to the valley. The festival will showcase the houseboats at the famous Dal Lake and promote them,” the deputy director said. There are other events in the pipeline as well in the summer season, he added.

Meanwhile, Baseer Ahmad Khan, advisor to the LG, reviewed the arrangements for the celebration of the festival at a meeting here on Saturday.

The meeting held threadbare discussion on the slew of measures put in place for the successful conduct of the festival.

The advisor stressed coordination between the tourism department, Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), and related departments to put concerted measures in place for the success of the festival.

Khan directed SMC officers to conduct sanitation and cleanliness drives on a daily basis to keep the garden and its surroundings clean.

He issued directions for the deployment of volunteers at the Tulip Garden to ensure that visitors follow COVID-19 standard operating procedures like wearing a face mask and maintaining a physical distance. SSB RHL

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