'Kashmir Festival 2013' to begin on May 13

NEW DELHI: As a major initiative to promote tourism in Kashmir Valley, Union Minister Tourism K. Chiranjeevi on Saturday announced that 'Kashmir Festival 2013' will be held for a fortnight from May 13-29 at different places in Jammu and Kashmir.

Chiranjeevi said the Tourism Ministry is providing financial support for this.

The festival will be held in Srinagar, Pahalgam, Yousmarg, Manasbal, Doodhpathri, Gulmarg, Lolab Valley and Sonmarg and will include activities such as Shikara Races, Cycle Races, Canoeing, River Rafting, Para Gliding, Painting, Swimming Competition, Horse Races etc.

The festival will also showcase culture of Jammu and Kashmir through performances by the cultural troupes of the State.

For successful organization of the festival, the Ministry of Tourism is also coordinating with other Ministries including Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Civil Aviation for outlining the concessional fares / tour package, Ministry of Culture for organizing cultural events through different cultural troupes and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports for undertaking sports activities such as boat race and other adventure sports like paragliding, horse race etc.

The local service providers such as hoteliers, guesthouse owners, including house boats of Kashmir division have already offered discount of 20-30 percent as a special case for the tour packages/tourists during the forthcoming tourist season. 

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