Department of Tourism, Jammu and Kashmir

Kashmir Paragliding Festival

Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department kicked off a seven-day Paragliding Festival, an initiative to attract adventure-seeking tourists to the state. The festival was kicked off by Honourable Minister for Tourism Ghulam Ahmad Mir at Dara, on the outskirts of Srinagar city.

Honourable Minister said “although paragliding was done in other parts of the country, the beautiful mountains and vast areas of the Valley offer tremendous scope for the adventure sport.

This is the second time this year that Paragliding event was conducted. This adventure sport was missing here, even though there is a lot of potential for it, we have identified more places for this activity, we would like the youth of the state to adopt such kind of adventurous activity which has the potential to attract more tourists.

"We are trying to train local youth so that they adopt this activity. Till recent years, tourism meant that the guest came here, stayed in the hotels, enjoyed wazwaan (Kashmiri Cuisine) and returned ... That was tourism for us. Now the world has changed. People like to visit beautiful places, but like trekking and adventure sports as well. Paragliding is an important and an attractive activity,"

Honourable Minister said the department will support the youth and provide incentives to them.

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The Department of Tourism, J&K is the main developmental, promotional and regulatory arm of the J&K Government. Its main role comprises of overall planning and execution of schemes for the development, up-gradation and improvement of the tourism infrastructure in different parts of the State.
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