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Second wave was a death blow to the tourism sector of Jammu and Kashmir

Last Updated on May 31, 2021 at 2:35 pm

Tourism  is considered to be the mainstay for the economy which is capable of providing employment to thousands of people across the nation. Tourism sector of Jammu and Kashmir has been badly hit due to the second wave of deadly coronavirus.

Due to this, thousands of people have to bear losses. Jammu and Kashmir’s tourism sector has been in a bad shape for the past few months due to a pandemic.

Bhaderwah is a beautiful tourist spot in Jammu and Kashmir
Bhaderwah during rainy season

The pace for tourist spots in J&K has been tremendously declining due to the ongoing situation due to which people from different states including Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal and other parts are shying away from visiting the Himalayan region. There are clouds of uncertainty even on annual Amarnath Yatra that has caused panic among those associated with the tourism industry.

As per reports, the iconic Bahu Fort which holds a great significance for the people of Jammu, no tourists are visiting it due to the lockdown though the temple is open these days. The fort houses a temple devoted to goddess Kali. The goddess, also known as Bawe Wali Mata, is the presiding deity of Jammu. The market outside Bahu Fort has been shut since the imposition of lockdown. People whose survival is dependent on tourism at the fort have to face huge financial losses.

Not only Bahu fort, various other tourist spots are seeing no footfall due to lockdown.

The tourism sector in J&K was seeing a rising footfall in November-December of last year but the second wave of Covid-19 changed the situation. Tourists were coming after snowfall in December. But in April, things started to change due to the rise in Covid cases in the country. For thousands of people a lot depends on the tourism season in the UT.