SRINAGAR: The renovated Hariparbat fort was Monday thrown open for public by the Union Tourism Secretary Parvez Dewan.
Dewan at the opening ceremony said that to manage the tourist flow and to increase the carrying capacity, focusing on and reviving the rich cultural heritage that already exists here particularly in “Shaher-i- khas”. Is vital.
He said by restoring the fort and other heritage sites and architecture, we are not only contributing towards preserving the unique heritage for which Kashmir is known, but also exposing the newer generation to the rich cultural and historical legacy of Kashmir.
Dewan was accompanied by Secretary, Tourism and Culture, Mr. Zafar Ahmad Bhat, Director, Tourism Kashmir, Talat Parvez. Later, Minister for Tourism Ghulam Ahmad Mir inaugurated Jewellery Exhibition as part of the ongoing Kashmir Summer Tourism Festival Nigeen Club.
Besides recreation facilities, various exhibitors from different parts of the country and the valley have set up stalls show casing various kinds of jewellery items. The 9-day long festival has been organized by Tourism Department in collaboration with Handicrafts and its allied Departments.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that such exhibitions as part of the Kashmir festival are organized with an objective to showcase the our rich cultural heritage besides attracting tourists of varied tastes to our state. He said that such festivals are part of the broader expansion in Tourism related activities to cater to different types of tourists’ interests.