SRINAGAR: The tourism sector in Jammu and Kashmir is set to undergo a change with various tourist destinations in both the regions of Jammu and Kashmir getting helicopter services in near future. In a move meant to cater to high end tourism in the UT, the government has also decided to launch Air Safari and Air rides over certain tourist locations including a ride over Dal Lake and adjoining areas.
This was revealed during a meeting at the Civil Secretariat here chaired by Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan.
The Advisor said that the move will boost tourism in Jammu and Kashmir and add an interesting experience to the visit of tourists. He added that the department is looking at helicopter services to build connectivity between important destinations and attract more visitors. Advisor directed the officers to identify a few tourist destinations from both Jammu as well as Kashmir so that helicopter services could be started on pilot basis. Many places came up under discussion for introduction of helicopter services from both the provinces of Jammu and Kashmir.
Advisor said that the whole exercise is meant to change the façade of travel and tourism in Jammu and Kashmir and will open up new tourist destinations at far flung places. The Advisor said that the directions in this regard have already been given by the Lieutenant Governor for mapping out the tourist destinations for pressing in the Helicopter services.
Pertinently on November 23, 2015, the then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had flagged off helicopter service between the Srinagar and health resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam, and had also launched Air Safaris.
Sayeed had then said, “To boost the appetite for Kashmir’s exotic locales amongst affluent clientele, Sayeed flagged off the first-ever helicopter service to health resorts of Pahalgam and Gulmarg from Srinagar Airport.”
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