A newfound tranquility along the Line of Control (LOC) between India and Pakistan-controlled Jammu and Kashmir has breathed life into previously remote regions, attracting tourists across India. The cessation of firing, initiated three years ago, has revitalized the picturesque valleys of Baramulla, Kupwara, and Bandipore districts. Since February 2021, when both nations committed to ending frequent LOC exchanges, these once-hidden gems have witnessed a surge in tourist visits.
The ceasefire has instilled local optimism, fostering peace, progress, and growth aspirations. Several unexplored destinations, such as Kaman Post or Aman Sethu near Uri, Teetwal, Bangus, Keran, and Machchil, have flourished for over two years, drawing travelers nationwide. In the Jammu division, Suchetgarh and R S Pura areas along the international border (IB) have also seen an influx of local and external tourists.
Diverging from conventional hotel construction, the Department is nurturing homestays, a move poised to create employment opportunities for youth and alleviate economic underdevelopment in these remote corners. Bangus, a mini-Valley, and Gurez, nestled beside the LOC, have been experiencing substantial daily foot traffic, even as they await further infrastructure development.
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