Launching the demonstration of paragliding today at Astanmarg, Harwan , the Tourism minister Ghulam Ahmad Mir said that paragliding is one of the newest entries in the list of adventure sports in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Being blessed with endless plush greenery and exquisite hilltops, it is a perfect place to try paragliding and one can choose to glide over valleys, mountains or lakes “, he said and added that for this adventure aero sport at Sonamarg, Gulmarg, Harwan and Baderwah are iconic places to provide excellent winds and landscape for this adventure.
The Paragliding was organized by Tourism Department to introduce it at commercial level under private sector, for the purpose the Department also facilitates for local youth by giving them necessary training of paragliding.
On the occasion, besides Director Tourism Kashmir, Talat Parvaz, Joint Director Tourism, Mohammad Hussain a number of Tourists adventure lovers in and outside the State and locals were present who evinced glimpses of paragliding.
The Tourism Minister said that J&K is also rich in adventure tourism and government is endeavoring to promote and showcase it globally. He said adventure tourism in the state have great employment opportunities for youth. He said government is going to impart trainings in adventure sports to the youth so that they would be able to setup their units under this sector, and added that for the purposes the government is providing soft loans with subsidies to the intending contenders for setting up their units. He called upon the youth to come forward and take maximum benefits of these schemes for their income generation.