Bhubaneswar: Good news for travel bugs in Odisha. Jammu and Kashmir Tourism has announced special discounts for tourists from the state wishing to explore the scenic region.
In a road show organised by J&K Tourism here on Thursday, hoteliers offered over 30% discount on room tariff and tour operators offered 20%. Tourists from Odisha will also get houseboats, which are key attractions, at 50% discount.
The president of Domestic Tour Operators Association Kashmir (DTOAK), Hamid Wangnoo, said “On your arrival, hoteliers and houseboats will offer you the discounts once you produce your identity documents. The offer is valid throughout 2020. It is also valid for tour operators from Odisha.”
The managing director of Golf Course, J&K Tourism, Nuzhat Gul, said they chose Odisha — India’s best kept secret — to gain confidence and support from the state’s people to revive tourism in Kashmir.
“We invite people to experience the real hospitality of Kashmir and see it in a new light. We firmly believe that Kashmir is the safest tourist destination where people can enjoy the beauty of the nature,” she added.
The event was organised with support from Odisha Tourism and other stakeholders. The managing director of Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC), Hemakanta Say, was present on the occasion.
Known as ‘Paradise on Earth’, J&K is famous among travellers in India and abroad.
Visitors can explore historical gardens and hill stations like Yusmarg, Sonamarg, Pahalgam and Gulmarg in J&K. They can also engage in adventure and sports activities besides eco-friendly tours.
Besides pilgrimage hubs, some lesser known destinations like Kashtiward, Badirwah, Doodhpathri, Gurez and Bangus valley were also featured in the road show.