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As COVID Cases Decline In J&K, Govt Starts Rafting Activities To Revive Adventure Tourism

Jammu , July 5, Jammu and Kashmir government kick started rafting activities on Monday as COVID-19 cases are decreasing in the state. The action will bring back adventure tourism and adventure sports in J&K. After resuming rafting in Jammu & Kashmir, Dr. G.N. Itoo, Director of Tourism said that rafting is one of the adventurous activities in Kashmir which plays a crucial role in attracting tourists across the world. Keeping in mind the fall in COVID-19 cases, the department of tourism and Adventure Tour Operators Association of Kashmir(ATOAK) organized white water rafting in the Wussan area of the district Ganderbal.

Prepare for the greatest experience after eating a nutritious breakfast. You will travel over some of the highest passes in the world on your adventure, and you will be greeted by ever-changing vistas of the desolate landscape. Stop at the café on Khardung-La Pass, the highest all-season motorable road in the world, and take in the scenery; you'll feel as though you're on top of the world. Upon leaving Khardung-la, the terrain changes to a white sand desert as you approach the Nubra Valley, which is home to the Nubra Sand Dunes. Visit the Diskit Monastery, the oldest and biggest monastery in Ladakh, which also contains a sizable Buddha statue, if time permits.

Dr. G.N. Itoo while speaking to news agency said, “After the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the beginning of rafting and other adventure related activitites that attract a good number of participants including some tourists who enjoy more than their expectations.”

He added further, “For the last few years due to the situation and COVID-19 related issues, government and non-government organisations could not recognise such big activities to boost adventure tourism as well as adventure sports. After the cases started declining, we decided to follow flag off a few activities associated with adventure tourism, so we decided to organise it.”The lakes of J&K are mostly fed by melting glaciers, so tourists can do many water sports in the state like White water rafting, Wild water rafting, Parasailing, swimming, and experience a wonderful view on Houseboats and Shikara rides for local sightseeing in the lakes.

The rocky mountains of J&K are the perfect spot for land sports like Skiing and Trekking, Bungee Jumps, Mountain cycling, Alpine skiing, Jeep safaris, and cave exploration. Apart from all these adventures, Gulmarg also has one of the highest green golf courses in Jammu & Kashmir.

( Courtesy Republic .com )

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