11 lakh tourists break Kashmir Valley's 25-year record

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  1. Galaxy

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    11 lakh tourists break Kashmir Valley's 25-year record

    NEW DELHI: India seems to have rediscovered its love for Kashmir, with an unprecedented 10.73 lakh tourists visiting the Valley till September 30. This is believed to be the highest number of tourist arrivals in the past 25 years: strong evidence of what's possible if normality is given a chance.

    Kashmir has surpassed last year's tourist count of 7.38 lakh, and the state tourism department's tally shows both Indians and foreigners have given the Valley a thumbs up despite fears about security. From a few thousand foreigners visiting Kashmir, the figure jumped to 22,000.

    Ladakh and Amarnath have benefited as well. At 1.48 lakh tourists, Ladakh's footfall doubled this year. The number of Amarnath yatris is at a high of 6.35 lakh - a jump of 2 lakh from last year.


    More @ http://economictimes.indiatimes.com...lleys-25-year-record/articleshow/10373571.cms
     
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    I learn something new here almost every day. I thought lakh tourists were people visiting from Lakhland. Then I looked it up. :)
     
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    Ladakh=Lakh=Lakhland?
     
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    Best kebabs ive ever had were in srinagar. Ordered 4 plates thinking they would give 8 or so seekh kebabs but they gave 32 :lol:
     
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    How many tourists visit POK annually?
    How many tourists would visit Kashmir if it were independent from India?

    Kashmir can benefit a lot by staying with India.

    It's time to end the secessionist movement. It's also time for reconciliation, and for the human rights violations to be accounted for.
     
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    And Prashant Bhushan thinks conditions are not "normaL" there!!
     
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    I had gone to Kashmir valley (Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Pahalgam) in 1989. That was just the start of the militancy. We heard of about 2-3 bomb blasts when we were there, and one happened in front of my eyes. After that, I have been to Ladakh, Jammu, Vaishnodevi, but never to the valley. I have really wanted to go there several times, but was always discouraged by friends and family. Maybe now finally, I will be able to go to the valley again!
     
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    Is the 11 lakh figure just for the valley or the entire state?
     
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    Dovah Untermensch Senior Member

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    You sir, are smart.
     
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    I too am planning to go there too. I want to go during the snow but with kids in tow I wonder if that would be a good idea.
     
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    I'll never visit that state unless AFSPA is done away with.
    This is what happened to a tourist couple_Udaipur Couple Beaten, Molested by Army Jawan
     

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