Central Government employees, visiting Jammu and Kashmir by Air through LTC relaxation this year, can enjoy the Kashmir Festival 2013
As the Conversion of Home town LTC to visit Jammu and Kashmir by Air extended up to 17th June 2014,[click here to see the DOPT order] the central government employees those who are entitled to avail home Town LTC or all India LTC for this year are visiting Jammu and Kashmir by using this concession. For the past three years this relaxation for LTC travel has been receiving over whelming response from central government employees. Now, availing this relaxation is made as part and parcel of the govt. service of every central government employees. This year it will be a great experience for those who have planned to visit Jammu and Kashmir from 13th May to 29th May, as the“Kashmir Festival 2013” will be celebrated for a fortnight from May 13th to May 29th at different places in the State of Jammu & Kashmir
Kashmir Festival From May 13
As a major initiative to promote Tourism in Kashmir Valley the Union Minister Tourism Shri K. Chiranjeevi announced here today that “Kashmir Festival 2013” will be held for a fortnight from May 13th to May 29th at different places in the State of Jammu & Kashmir. The Minister said his Ministry is providing financial support for this. The Festival will be held in Sringar, Pahalgam, Yousmarg, Manasbal, Doodhpathri, Gulmarg, Lolab Valley and Sonmarg and will include activities such as Shikara Races, Cycle Races, Canoeing, River Rafting, Para Gliding, Painting, Swimming Competition, Horse Races etc. The Festival will also showcase culture of Jammu & Kashmir through performances by the cultural troupes of the State.
For successful organization of the Festival, the Ministry of Tourism is also coordinating with other Ministries including Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Civil Aviation for outlining the concessional fares / tour package, Ministry of Culture for organizing cultural events through different cultural troupes and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports for undertaking sports activities such as Boat Race and other adventure sports like paragliding, horse race etc.
The local service providers such as hoteliers, Guest House Owners including House Boats of Kashmir Division have already offered discount of 20-30% as a special case for the tour packages/tourists during the forthcoming tourist season – pib