Srinagar – Tourists visiting the Kashmir valley will enjoy light and sound shows in and on the bank of world famous Dal Lake from next summer. This will be an added attraction for tourists, Jammu and Kashmir Tourism and Culture Minister, Nawang Rigzin Jora today said, adding that Government was making constant efforts to promote heritage tourism in the state which has huge potential.
Moving a step forward in this direction, the Government has decided to revive the Leisure light and sound shows at selected tourist resorts. Chairing a high-level meeting of officers which was convened here to review the progress of these projects, the Minister impressed upon the officers concerned to speed up the process of launching these shows. He gave target for commissioning these projects at Chaar Chinari inside the Dal Lake and Shalimar Garden, on the bank of the famed water body, by the end of June, 2013 for which most of the formalities have already been completed. He also directed for expediting other projects at Leh, Katra and Jammu.
Mr Jora also directed for identifying other potential areas to promote these activities to attract more tourists in the state. He stressed the need for creating infrastructure as per the taste of the tourists with focus on the heritage and cultural activities of the state. He said these activities existed prior to militancy and tourists from across the globe used to enjoy these shows as a part of amusement. The time is ripe for restarting these activities in the state, Mr Jora maintained. The government was working on the ideas of exploring possibilities to promote tourism in different forms to attract large number of tourists with the contemporary times. The government approached the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) for help in reviving these traditional activities. The ITDC was kind enough and agreed to provide necessary funds and expertise to revive these projects. With the launching of these projects, the tourist activities will receive extra boost.
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