The Minister of State for Tourism, Home, Industries and Commerce (Independent Charge) Sajad Ahmed Kichloo today said that all possible means would be put in place to tap the pilgrim tourism potential of Shri Hudh Mata Trisandhya Yatra, which is the third important revered shrine in district Kishtwar, after Chandi Mata Shrine in Machail (Paddar) and Sarthal Devi (Kali Mata) Shrine in Sarthal, Kishtwar.
He said for the purpose an integrated pilgrim tourism development plan will be formulated shortly, envisaging both short term and long term measures.
The Minister was chairing a joint meeting of tourism department functionaries and the representatives of Shri Hudh Mata Trisandhya Yatra Management Committee convened today to review arrangements for week long Shri Hudh Mata Trisandhya Yatra commencing from July12 , 2013.
As per a statement Kichloo has asked the Commissioner/Secretary Tourism, Atul Dulloo to send a team of experts to assess the requirements to facilitate the devotees and showcase the place as a pilgrim tourist destination.
Pointing out that the area lacks motorable road connectivity from Dong dhuroo to Dachhan, he said development of the area was need of the hour as now many pilgrims from outside the district and even the state have started visiting these Shrines.
Kichloo said that Jammu and Kashmir offers a variety of tourist attractions and the pilgrim tourism potential was as rich as leisure tourism, and adventure tourism, including snow skiing, river rafting and winter sports. He said Kishtwar and Doda districts have many highly revered pilgrim destinations which are witnessing ever increasing rush of devotees with every passing year, adding that tapping of pilgrim tourism potential shall be brought under main focus in future planning and development process.