“The North Kashmir Gazette stands not just as a travel guide but as a testament to the collaborative spirit of those who seek to showcase Kashmir in its entirety’’.
On 16th Jan 2024 in a momentous event at Raj Bhawan, the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Mr. Manoj Sinha, inaugurated the North Kashmir Gazette, a captivating travel guide aimed at uncovering the hidden gems of North Kashmir. The brainchild of the Kashmir Writers Association, this gazette promises to be more than just a guide; it is a gateway to the offbeat and unexplored locales that Kashmir has to offer. The ceremony was graced by Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Governor of Jammu & Kashmir , Lt Gen Rajiv Ghai, GOC 15 Corps; Maj Gen Girish Kalia, GOC, 28 Infantry Division; Sh Fida Firdous, President, Kashmir Writers Association/Editor , Tahir Majeed, member editorial board of the North Kashmir Gazette, senior officials of Army and members of Kashmir Writers. The first edition of the travel guide includes the insightful information regarding the best off-beat places and border areas to visit in the northern districts of Kashmir and all the necessary information related to home-stay to the tourists.
As the inauguration unfolded, the LG J&K, Mr. Manoj Sinha, expressed his enthusiasm for the travel guide, emphasizing its potential to redefine the tourism landscape of Jammu and Kashmir. His words echoed a genuine fascination for the meticulously compiled content that portrays the often-overlooked scenic marvels tucked away in the folds of the valley. On the occasion the Lt Governor highlighted the significant role of private players, youth, writers and civil society members in the growth of tourism sector in rural areas. He also emphasised on the promotion of Kashmiri and other regional languages, especially among the youth of the UT.
The essence of the North Kashmir Gazette lies in its collective narrative, woven together by individuals from various areas , each contributing their unique perspectives. This collaborative effort enriches the travel guide with a diversity that reflects the multifaceted beauty of Kashmir. The writers associated with the Kashmir Writers Association played a pivotal role in bringing forth this amalgamation of voices and visions. The travel guide doesn’t merely aim to highlight the popular tourist spots; instead, it serves as a conduit to explore lesser-known destinations that hold untapped beauty.
These are the places often overshadowed by the allure of well-trodden paths, yet they boast captivating landscapes and untamed serenity. Hon’ble LG Manoj Sinha, in his address, shared his vision for the North Kashmir Gazette, emphasizing its potential to not only attract tourists but also to contribute to the socio-economic development of the region. The focus on offbeat locations is not just about diversifying tourist experiences but also about fostering sustainable tourism that benefits local communities. The members of the Kashmir Writers Association, present at the inauguration, symbolized the collective dedication that went into curating this travel guide. Their commitment to showcasing the lesser-explored facets of Kashmir has resulted in a publication that goes beyond the conventional travel literature, offering a more nuanced and authentic portrayal of the region. In an era where travel is often reduced to ticking off popular destinations from a checklist, the North Kashmir Gazette beckons adventure-seekers to delve into the heart of the valley. It encourages exploration beyond the obvious, urging travelers to embrace the richness of experiences found in the hidden corners of Kashmir. As the gazette aims to unravel the secrets of offbeat locations, it simultaneously advocates for responsible tourism. The emphasis on places untouched by the mainstream tourism industry underscores a commitment to preserving the pristine beauty of these landscapes and ensuring their longevity for generations to come. The North Kashmir Gazette stands not just as a travel guide but as a testament to the collaborative spirit of those who seek to showcase Kashmir in its entirety. The gazette promises to be a compass for those who yearn to explore the untouched beauty of the region, promoting a holistic and sustainable approach to tourism in Jammu and Kashmir.
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