Drangyari sans tourism infrastructure
SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Kupwara: Despite being on the tourism map of Kashmir, Drangyari area here sans basic infrastructure for tourists.
Drangyari is situated on the Kupwara–Karnah road and besides tourists a large number of people from across the Valley visit this place. Adjoining areas of Drangyari host many historical spots including Farkan, Melyal, Raja Ram mountains, Ram Kund, Seeta Kund, Lakshman Kund and Hanuman Kund.
Springs at Melyal Harie area here are considered sacred by Hindus and Kashmiri Pandits. There is also a famous temple Kheer Bhawani at Tikker Kupwara. Thousands of devotees throng the temple during its annual mela.
Owing to its gushing streams, lush meadows and historical spots Drangyari was designated as a tourist place in 2010 and included in the Lolab-Bangus tourism circuit.
However the concerned authorities have failed to develop infrastructure for tourists and provide basic amenities to the locals.
“Majority of people depend on tourism for livelihood here. Though Drangyari was accorded the status of a tourist spot but it sans even basic facilities including accommodation for tourists,” said Majid Khatana a local.
The locals said Drangyari has the potential to attract foreign tourists by way of bird watching, nature treks and related eco-tourism activities. The area hosts many birds including Pheasants, Tragophan, Monal Pheasant, Black Partridge, Bush Quail and Wildfowl.
Drangyari does not have even a single hut for tourists. A rest house was constructed in the area nearly two decades ago. “Due to lack of maintenance it is in shambles. “If basic facilities are provided to tourists it will generate employment opportunities for us,” the locals said.
“Drangyari can become one of the best tourist spots in Kashmir. Ironically despite being on the tourist map, the authorities have failed to market it and provide basic facilities for tourists,” they added.
Lastupdate on : Thu, 8 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 8 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 9 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST
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