J-K to develop 7 new trekking routes in wildlife protected areas

J-K to develop 7 new trekking routes in wildlife protected areas

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Travelers on their next trip to Jammu and Kashmir will not just get an opportunity to explore more trekking routes but will also get a chance to stay at accommodations located in quaint places amidst pristine nature.

Jammu and Kashmir will be developing seven new trekking routes in various wildlife protected areas and to further promote sustainable tourism, the existing infrastructure, and resources of the Forest Department, including rest houses and inspection huts, would also be opened to tourists and wildlife enthusiasts.

Providing a major push to eco-tourism in the region, the Administrative Council, under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, has approved this development through which they hope to

promote tourism in the forest hinterland without disturbing the ecological balance in the protected areas.

The decision would allow online booking of 29 forest rest houses and inspection huts in Kashmir and Jammu divisions under a common brand and logo from May 1, 2021.

The Forest, Ecology, and Environment department has also been directed to put in place a user-friendly online portal for booking identified rest houses on a first-come, first-serve basis and another batch of 58 rest houses and huts would also be opened to tourists by July 1, 2021. Hitherto, these accommodations were reserved for forest officers on official tours.

Meanwhile, the Administrative Council also approved the development of new trekking routes in Bahu Conservation Reserve, Sudhmahadev Conservation Reserve, Thein Wildlife Conservation Reserve, Tral Wildlife Sanctuary-Dachigam National Park-Overa-Aru Wildlife Sanctuary, Thajwas Wildlife Sanctuary, Khrew Wildlife Conservation Reserve-Dachigam National Park-Khonmoh Conservation Reserve, and Khrew Wildlife Conservation Reserve.

The trekking avenues range from short day-long treks up and down mountain slopes, to long-trans-mountain traverses involving a week of trekking and camping in the wilderness. These trekking routes pass through scenic splendors, with wild fauna and flora.

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