Jammu and Kashmir Welcomed 1.3 Million Tourists Last Year

For Jammu and Kashmir tourism, 2011 was an unbelievable year with more than 1.3 million tourists visited the state. Jammu and Kashmir rebound very well after clashes in summer of 2010 in Srinagar that ruined tourism in the state.

The threats of Separatists sponsored violence and Pakistan sponsored terrorists did not had any impact on Jammu and Kashmir. Tourists thronged the state throughout the year and helped state to have its best ever tourism year.

It was a remarkable turnaround by the Kashmir tourism. 2010 saw violence broke out in valley during the peak summer season that ruined the tourism. Floods in Ladakh region also had very negative impact on the tourism.

But last year saw remarkable rebound as tourist arrivals hit 1.3 million mark for the year. Pilgrimage tourism continued to dominate with 634,000 pilgrimage tourists who visited the holy shrine of Amarnath in the summer. Other important pilgrimage sites like Vaishno Devi also received record number of tourists.

Just a year after the floods, Ladakh welcomed 179,000 tourists, up by 136% from 2010. A big credit goes to Omar Abdullah govt in the state to revive the tourism. Over the course of the year, state tourism department continued to improve infrastructure and identified new destinations to keep the momentum of tourism alive.