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Kashmir Tourism department opens up Bota Pathri after 22 years

The tourist spot Bota Pathri in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), also called the Nagin Valley, has been set open by the Tourism Department in May 2012. The destination had been closed to visitors a period of 22 years on account of threats from militants.
Bota Pathri, which boasts of serene natural beauty, is located at a distance of nine km from Gulmarg. The area suffered from militant infestation till recently, when the Indian Army restored peace. The tourist destination was set open at a formal ceremony organised by the state Tourism Department, which was widely attended by army personnel, locals as well as tourists. Nawang Rigzin Jora, the J&K Tourism Minister, applauded the Army for striving to bring peace back in the area. He stated that the re-opening of Bota Pathri as a tourist destination would boost the tourism industry in the state and create several employment opportunities. "There is a huge influx of tourists in J&K, for example about 1.4 million tourists came here last year. The surge in the tourists visiting Gulmarg resulted in it getting congested. Bota Pathri is a good place for the tourists to visit. It is a virgin and pristine place. The infrastructure over here is environment friendly, eco sensitive and is a new destination for the tourists,” Jora stated. “It (the re-opening of Bota Pathri) is good news for the people who are working in the tourism sector," added Jora. Jora also went on to state that he would like to develop mountain biking in the area, to attract more tourists. Source: News Track India