KHANSAHIB, BUDGAM: World famous Tourist resort Doodhpathri in central Kashmir’s Budgam district is all set to be a hot spot for winter tourism from the current year.
Decision to this effect was taken during the visit of MLA Khansahib Hakeem Yaseen along with Director Tourism Kashmir, Mehmood Ahmad Shah, Chief Executive Officer Doodhpathri Development Authority, and concerned officers during their visit to Doodhpathri to take stock of the availability of tourist related facilities there, an official press note read.
According to the press note, the tourism department would make available all the required infrastructural facilities during the winter months also at Doodhpathri for the convenience of both foreign and domestic winter tourists.
During their visit to the Ziarat Sharief Hazrat Shiekh Noor-ud-Din Wali ( RA) at Driagam and Ziarat Syed Soleh, Khansahib, it was stated that both these shrines were being developed under pilgrim tourism scheme at a cost of Rs. 5 crore and Rs. 1.12 crore, respectively, read the press note.
To boost tourism activities in the area, Hakeem Yaseen asked the concerned executing agencies to further expedite the pace of work on various ongoing tourism projects. He said Khansahib area had vast tourism potential which, once exploited could provide ample employment and livelihood opportunities to a large number youth.
He also urged for early approval of the proposed Gulmarg-Tossamaidan-Doodhpathri and Yusmarg mega tourist circuits to offer a vast and varied travel choice to the tourist at global level. He said with the construction of approved Rs.76 crore modern Grid station at Khansahib, it would be easier to provide better facilities at various tourist spots in the area.
Hakeem Yasin asked the director tourism to initiate measures for introducing winter games including snow skiing, ice hockey, snow skating, sledging and other winter games at Doodhpathri, which witnesses heavy snow falls during winters, the press note added.