J&K Now Open for Tourists

J&K Now Open for Tourists


In the first week of August 2019, pilgrims of the Amarnath Yatra in J&K were ordered by Governor Satya Pal Malik to leave. The Army had warned that there is a possibility of a terorist attack from Pakistan. This is why they were asked to leave. But the real reason was that the government was planning to abrogate Article 370 and convert J&K into a UT. For the last two months there has been heavy security. Thousands of military personnel were sent to J&K to secure the state. The people of J&K had no access to communication services. The internet, TV and mobiles were all shut. People were not allowed to move around freely as there was heavy security. Indian and International tourists were not allowed to visit J&K as well. After Pulwama attacks, tourists avoided visiting J&K fearing terrorist attacks. Tourism began to reduce. Then between May-June tourism started due to pilgrims going for the famous Amarnath Yatra. Now again it has stopped. Tourism is very important for their economy. After a long time tourism finally started but now it has shut down again, due to which J&K’s restaurants, hotels, etc were all empty. Yesterday on 9th October 2019, the government announced that tourists will now be allowed to visit J&K. One travel agent said during winters not many visit J&K. During the summer months of March to May many people visit J&K. However due to all the problems the summer months were a waste. He said that even if people go visit, there is no network. Plus if they want to book hotels there is no internet for communication. An official of the National Conference party said that, tourists can not roam around for as many hours as they feel like. They are given a limited time and have a strict schedule. Mobile services are down and there is no communication as well. Tourists will avoid visiting. Many businesses have shut down in J&K. Now that tourism has started it will be difficult to restore normalcy.

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