An 1870 photograph showing the famed Kashmir Nautch Girls in a group photograph.

Yatra 2022

After a hiatus of more than two seasons, the Amarnath Yatra has started. With the administration anticipating the highest number to visit the cave shrine, the overall focus remains on the security aspect of...

Impressive Footfalls

After years of slump, Kashmir is witnessing record tourist arrivals. With half a million arrivals registered already, stakeholders believe sustained interest will help make 2022 a record year, reports Masood Hussain Anywhere between Srinagar’s Boulevard...

Garden Polyglot

Now retired, Saqib Mir meets Peer Sirajuddin Shah, who picked up 13 different languages while working in a Mughal garden Imagine a person who speaks more than a dozen languages without learning either of them...

12 Road Trip Hacks Every Family Needs

Road trips can either be extremely fun, or extremely exhausting. It all depends on how well you’ve planned for the trip, and how good the condition of your vehicle is. In addition to this,...

A Neglected Yousmarg

Despite being one of the major tourist attractions, Yousmarg lacks even basic amenities. The electricity and water supply is erratic. There are no bins or garbage disposal machines. What is more, the tourist place...

Tourism Amid Pandemic

The administration needs to handle the fresh tourist arrivals with caution, lest the benefit that accrues from the activity is undone by the surge in infections that could result from it, writes Riyaz Wani With...

The Tulip Hands

As thousands of people enjoy the colourful Tulips bloom in millions amid high-cost celebrations, the din prevents garden managers from listening to the plight of fewer than 50 gardeners who work round the year...

Unseen Kashmir

As the Covid-19 dictated lockdown protracted from one week to another, restive youngsters moved out to explore the Kashmir they had not heard or seen. These panic treks led to the identification of a...

Machil Moorings

For most of Kashmir, Machil is a border sector where the rival armies shell each other’s positions. Mahmood Ahmad, who visited the belt in the areas most happenings year, said the valley is the...

Mini Kashmir In Mountains

Far away from Srinagar is a little Kashmir in Kishtwar shrouded in clouds between Kashmir and Jammu. Administratively part of Jammu, Wadwan is accessible better from Kashmir. A frequent visitor to the region, trekker Mahmood...

Quarantine Hotels

Without tourists since August 5, 2019, Kashmir hoteliers opened doors to shelter the Covid-19 suspects for mandatory quarantine. Initially, most of them were unhappy and reluctant but now a section is cooperating with the...

The Low Footfall

After the government evacuated tourists at the peak of a successful tourist season in August, Umar Mukhtar sees no change on ground yet after the advisory was withdrawn Every morning, Fayaz Ahmad, 60, drives around...

Grounded On Water

The abrupt August 4, order asking tourists and pilgrims to leave Kashmir marked the end of a busy tourist season. Shams Irfan met the related professionals to report about the lost of opportunities and...
A photograph of 1920 shows the Kashmiri professionals taking the tourists to Gulmarg in palkis.

1853: A Tourist On Foot

An unknown Englishman has penned in his peculiar language his long trek from Shimla to Srinagar via Tibet on foot in the summer of 1853, years after the notorious Treaty of Amritsar I started fromSimla...
A group of girls on a trip to Harmukh. Image: Shefali Gautam

Female Hikers

Boys have all the fun everywhere, especially in conservative societies. A group is trying to help girls to go on mountain camping and expeditions and there are takers for the initiative, reports Zafar Aafaq Lubna Khan,...

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