This year, many new varieties have been introduced in Srinagar's colourful tulip garden, which is a major tourist draw. With 12.25 lakh tulips, the place is a big hit. Locals are also helping in by cleaning up Dal lake.
Top tourist operators have converged in Srinagar after 30 years for the national tourism convention. "It will reaffirm and reassure all travellers and vacationers that Kashmir is as safe as any place in the world. Please come and explore and enjoy Kashmiri hospitality," said Virendra Razdan, ITC Hotels area manager.
Last year, Jammu and Kashmir saw the lowest number of tourist arrival in the last six years.
According to government data, 73 lakh tourists including Vaishno Devi and Amarnath pilgrims visited the state in 2017, compared to 84 lakh in 2016 and 92 lakh in 2015.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said hoteliers in the state are ready to give attractive packages to tourists. "When you return from here, please become our ambassadors. When guns are roaring, people get injured. Our government cannot only provide the healing touch, we need your support for that," the chief minister said.
Tourists are also looking to meet with eight-year-old Jannat, who wades through the interiors of Dal lake to clean floating trash. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also praised her in a tweet. "Hearing this little girl will make your morning even better! Great passion towards Swachhata," he had said.
Jannat said there is a lot of trash in Dal lake. "Polythene, empty liquor bottles, footwear, chips packets, I go on the boat daily to remove trash from the lake," she said.
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