Dir Tourism inspects works at wayside facilities to Gurez
SRINAGAR: In order to promote Gurez as one of the major tourist destinations, the Department of Tourism Kashmir is establishing wayside facilities on way to this picturesque destination.
According to a press note issued here, Director Tourism Kashmir, Mahmood A Shah accompanied by Assistant Director Gulmarg Ilyas inspected under-construction works of Tourist Information Centre at Garoora in Bandipora.
The Tourist Information Centre which is coming up at a cost of Rs 42 lakh will have two bedrooms, information centre, meeting hall, cafeteria, display centre and handicraft showroom. Adjacent to this Tourist Information Centre is Wullar Vintage Park making it the best resting place for travellers intending to visit Gurez, 123 kilometres from Srinagar.
Shah also visited another wayside facility known as Araamgah Cottage (resting place) at Razdan Top, 46 kilometres from Bandipora town. The cottage was recently damaged by heavy snowfall.
According to the document, Shah ordered repairing of the hut and asked the executing agency to “make the property stronger to withstand heavy snowfall”.
“Razdan Top, also known as Razdan Pass, crosses through the ‘highest’ meadow in the journey and is a perfect picnic spot with tall pine trees rising majestically on the ridges,” the document further read.
“Several acres of meadows on the top seem to be touching the sky while on a rainy day the clouds embrace the place,” further added the press note.
The forward journey form Razdan Pass is down-slope and an entry into Diwar village of Gurez Valley. Diwar is a plain area surrounded by mountains from all four sides. “In the middle of this plane, Habba Khatoon peak will catch your eyes. It is around this peak that Habba Khatoon used to roam around,” read the official handout adding: “The Diwar village will let you see the real Kashmir as the people, especially women, still wear traditional Kashmiri dress, houses are wooden mostly erected from big logs and most households have cattle.”
The department of tourism is promoting Gurez Valley as one of the upcoming off-beat destinations for which it would organise a festival after the month of Ramadhan.
“Many tourists are visiting Gurez now. The adventure lovers visit this place. We wanted to create wayside facilities for the tourists so that on the way to Gurez they have the choice of taking rest and enjoying meals,” said Mahmmood Shah adding that the Gurez festival would be organised to promote this destination among leisure and adventure tourists.
From Srinagar, the trip to this picturesque valley in a cab takes 6 to 7 hours.