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75 trekking routes to come up in different parts of Jammu and Kashmir

Last Updated on December 10, 2021 at 6:06 pm

The Forest Department is making plans to develop at least 75 trekking routes in different regions of Jammu and Kashmir that would promote tourism in the UT.

The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (HoFF), Dr. Mohit Gera who is on four day tour to Kashmir visited Shankaracharya Forest trail to inspect the progress of this 5.5 km gentle trek route being developed for trekking around Shankaracharya Hills.

The trail offers 360 degree view of Srinagar City and the surrounding landscapes. Some basic amenities  like signages, sitting benches and viewpoints are being provided on this trail to facilitate the trekkers who are generally the young students. 

The department plans to work with local communities to initiate conducting of treks for School and College students and other visitors to this historical religious place.

During the visit the Pr. Chief Conservator of Forests (HoFF) reiterated that Jammu and Kashmir being a favourite destination for explorers has huge scope for trekking. 

He said the Forest Department in pursuance to Government directions is developing 75 trekking routes both in Jammu and in Kashmir of which many are already in operation like Badrikali to Galganzara, Bhadrakali to Sanzipora, Rajpur-Pathri-Trimukhan-Kairvan Diver in North Kashmir and Mansar to Mahoregarh, DKG to Ratanpeer and DKG to Noori Chamb in Jammu region. 

Dr Gera said, Trekking in Jammu and Kashmir provides a closer sneak peek into the culture of mountain dwellers as one enjoys the rugged mountains, lush green meadows, diverse forests and breathtaking scenic views dotted with wetlands. Trekking activities also involve birding, hiking, nature interpretation and wildlife photography.