Day long tourism festival held in Doodhpathri

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Department of Tourism in a joint collaboration with District Administration Budgam today organized a mega tourism festival at famous tourist resort Doodhpathri.

The aim and object of this event were to project and promote Doodhpathri as an attractive tourist destination. The event organized well in advance of the beginning of the annual tourism season, in order to provide ample opportunities and ambiance to local as well as outside visitors to have an adventurous and enjoy the full visit.

The event witnessed a huge gathering of visitors, locals, tourists thronged this place with enthusiasm.

During the event, many activities were performed including various cultural programmes presented and performed by prominent artists from the cultural academy, besides Bande pather and many skits demonstrating and depicting the beauty and attraction of this place.

During the event, various departments of district administration had installed their stalls depicting their skills and the activities they are scheduled to take in hand in the ensuing period for the socio-economic upliftment of the privileged section of the society. This festival was the first of its kind to be organized at this place taking advantage of still full of snow-clad pastures.

The audience and the locals, in general, hailed the initiatives and efforts jointly undertook by District Administration and Tourism Department, they observe that this step will emerge as a strong boost for heavy tourist footfall.

Speaking on the occasion, DDC Budgam, Shahbaz Ahmed Mirza reiterated his commitment that Tourism Department will always find district administration at the forefront when an initiative relating to boosting tourist footfall is concerned.

He appropriated the efforts of the tourism department in ensuring the successful conduct of this event. The DDC added that he was thrilled to see the overwhelming response from locals and the people from adjacent areas as well as tourists who despite cold conditions attended the event enthusiastically. The DDC urged upon Director Tourism to organize events on this pattern at other tourist resorts falling in District Budgam.

During the daylong event activities like snow walking, snowshoe, adventure camping, mountain biking, cultural and musical programme, horse ride, ATV ride, ice skating, etc were displayed and played by sports person affiliated to these activities.

Director Tourism Kashmir accompanied by DDC and other concerned officers one by one kick-started these events amidst a huge round of applause from the gathering.

These sports activities were interestedly watched by sports lovers on the occasion.

Director Tourism Dr. GN Itoo while thanking all participants, stakeholders, sponsors, departments and other collaborators for making this event a mega success. He said the success of this event on this scale has inspired us to conduct such events at other health resorts being more eventful and attractive.

In the conclusion, all participants were felicitated with momentous and certificates on behalf of their performances in the activities displayed by them in their respective fields.

The daylong event was also attended by Joint Director Information, Haris Ahmad Handoo, Additional Deputy Commissioner Budgam, Dr. Nasir Ahmad, Joint Director TDC, Tabasum Kamli, ACP Budgam, CMO, CEO, ACD and other concerned. (KNS)

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