There are plans to restore the 35 Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh, as well as the pilgrimage spots in the regions of Jammu and Kashmir. Attempts will also be made to make them more attractive to tourists by using landscapes. Roadways leading to the monasteries will also be further developed, and tourism centres set up in various tourist hotspots in the state. These tourist centres will assist tourists with any kind of information that they might require.
The J&K Tourism Department has submitted a detailed project report with the proposed plans to the Centre. As per Nawang Rigzin Jora, the J&K Tourism Minister, states: “The report which we have submitted is of Rs 150 crore to develop tourism circuit in three regions, Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh." Jora stated that INR50 crore of the stipulated cost will be utilised to step up and promote Buddhism-related tourism in Ladakh. The balance INR100 crore will be used to boost Sufi tourism in Kashmir and to restore the various pilgrimage centres in Jammu.
Jora went on to state that care would be taken to ensure that the natural beauty of the state was not hampered in its quest to woo more tourists.
Nearly 1,49,000 tourists visited J&K in 2011, including about 30,000 international ones. Considering the rising number of tourists to J&K, the Tourism Department is interested in taking tourism a step further through this project.
Source: Zee News