SRINAGAR: More than 400,000 tourists visited Kashmir this year, even as the Union Territory gets ready to promote border tourism on the lines of what is done at Attari-Wagah in Punjab, Economic Times reported.
Quoting officials Economic Times reported that 405,000 tourists arrived till November 8, compared to 23,248 during the same period. For Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, the number was 4.46 million, compared to 1.9 million, a year ago.
The surge in tourists was mainly due to Covid-19 related restrictions that prevented Indians from travelling abroad and easing of inland restrictions.
“Last year, there were restrictions due to Covid-19. The volume of tourist inflow had dropped in April after a rise from January to March. With easing of the restrictions and drop in Covid-19 cases, the tourist inflow again picked up in June with state administration vaccinating the local population. Only a limited number of foreign tourists were allowed,” Economic Times quoted an official as saying.