In Panchari, in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur first tourist village was launched by the Divisional Commissioner Jammu Raghav Langer at the Sankari Devta ground in Meer Panchari today.
Langer said that this is a major step towards tourism which will help in strengthening the rural economy. He further added that it will help in creating employment opportunities which will empower youth as well as women.
One of the tourists from Delhi said that she had come for the first time to Panchari and she is astonished by the natural beauty and will tell her friends and relatives to visit the place.
The best thing which comes forward is the facility of Homestay in Panchari which will increase the tourist footfall and generate income for the local youth.
A resident of the village said that tourists often find a place where they can get a home like feeling, thus amid the natural surroundings they can get a facilities of homestay in the village which will fulfil this requirement of visitors besides adding to the income of villagers.
The initiative is aimed at transforming 75 villages of the Union Territory that are known for their historical relevance, picturesque beauty, and cultural significance, reportedly. In the month of July, around 10.5 lakh tourists visited Jammu and Kashmir and 11.22 lakh in August.