M Majid Malik
The 2-day Bhaderwah Tourism-cum-Cultural Festival, which was organized by Bhaderwah Development Authority in collaboration with Tourism Department J&K concluded on Monday with great enthusiasm and fanfare.
A colourful cultural bonanza was also organised in which various renowned local artists performed and mesmerized the audience. The event received an overwhelming response with locals as well as tourists from various parts of J&K and mainland India participating.
Speaking on the occasion, the CEO of BDA said such events provide a platform and exposure to the unexplored tourist destinations. He said the Government is raising the tourism infrastructure in Bhaderwah as the area possesses great tourism potential in adventure tourism, pilgrimage tourism and herbal tourism.
He said Bhaderwah is endowed with abundant natural scenic resorts which need to be explored. He asked people to establish guest houses, restaurants, hotels and other tourism related infrastructure for which full technical and moral support will be provided by the BDA and Tourism Department for socio-economic upliftment of the people.
Various colourful events were featured during the festival included Sham-e-Bhaderwah (Ghazals and Mushaira) with reputed national level artists including Faqira group from Rajasthan, cultural Jhankies depicting culture and heritage of erstwhile Bhaderdesh in particular and Jammu and Kashmir in general, cultural programme, musical concert with star artist singer of Jammu and Kashmir Sonali Dogra, besides various other programmes which received an overwhelming response from the public.
On the occasion Bhaderwah Development Authority distributed mementos, shields and certificates of merits among the dedicated officials who worked hard to make the festival a success.
Among those include Tehsildar Bhaderwah Masood Rangraz, SDPO Brijesh Sharma, SHO Jatinder Singh Sambyal, Publicity Secretary BDA Sajid Nisar Khan, AEE BDA Mohd Saleem Sheikh, Vaski films team included Manoj Kotwal, Tariq Chowdhary, Journalist Mohd Majid Malik and others.
Earlier, the festival was inaugurated by MOS Tourism Priya Sethi, MLA Bhaderwah Daleep Singh Parihar and MLA Doda Shakti Raj Parihar.