Cultural fest at Bhaderwah to attract tourists

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Surrounded by thick woods, mountain peaks and high altitude meadows, Bhaderwah vale in Doda district is set to kick off a four-day tourism-cum-cultural festival from June 24 to attract domestic and foreign tourists to the region.

“The four-day annual Bhaderwah tourism-cum-cultural festival will be organised by Bhaderwah Development Authority in collaboration with District Administration Doda and Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department from June 24 -27,” CEO Bhaderwah Development Authority, Kalyan Singh said.

Various government departments and private stakeholders are expected to set up stalls at the venue to provide first-hand information regarding government schemes and variety of products to the public. The inaugural function would be held at government higher secondary school of boys, Bhaderwah.

Bhaderwah has a chain of the picturesque and bewitching tourist destinations like high altitude Seojdhar meadows with a chain of ice-water fed streams, resort place Jai with its thick woodlands and top tourist spots Nalthi, Gatha and Khellani apart from pilgrim and watersport destinations.

Various cultural activities are scheduled, including a national level ‘mushaira’ on June 24 by the Jammu and Kashmir academy of art, culture and languages as well as cultural programmes by school children.

Sports such as paragliding, river crossing, rappelling, tree climbing would be conducted by the Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering.

“During the festival, adequate boarding and lodging facility will be provided to the visitors. Concerned agencies have been asked to ensure availability of transport facility from Bhaderwah to all venues of the festival,” said Singh.

J&K to organise crafts fair

A 10-day craft fair on the lines of Haryana’s Surajkund Mela will be held in Jammu and Kashmir next month.

The event, tentatively planned in the first week of July, will feature handicraft artisans and handloom workers from across the country, a government spokesman said. A decision on this was taken at a meeting on Saturday chaired by state industries minister S S Slathia.

“Those who have played a vital role in boosting handicraft and handloom will be invited to share their experience with artisans and visitors,” the spokesman added.

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