Tourism growth potential can be harnessed as a strategy for Rural Development. The development of a strong platform around the concept of Rural Tourism is definitely useful for a country like India, where almost 74% of the population resides in its 7 million villages. Across the world the trends of industrialization and development have had an urban centric approach. Alongside, the stresses of Urban lifestyles have led to a “ counter-urbanization”syndrome. This has led to growing interest in the rural areas. At the same time this trend of urbanization has led to falling income levels, lesser job opportunities in the total areas leading to an urbanization syndrome in the rural areas. Rural Tourism is one of the few activities which can provide a solution to these problems. Besides, there are other factors which are shifting the trend towards rural tourism like increasing levels of awareness, growing interest in heritage and culture and improved accessibility, and environmental consciousness. In the developed countries, this has resulted in a new style of tourism of visiting village settings to experience and live a relaxed and healthy lifestyle. This concept has taken the shape of a formal kind of Rural Tourism.
Following 33 villages of Kashmir Division have been identified for development as a Tourist Villages under Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Plan .The project report for these identified 33 villages of Kashmir Division have been submitted to MOT, GOI for approval.
1.Gagangir Sonamarg, 2.Tulmulla Ganderbal, 3.Naranag Kangan, 4.Poshkar Budgam, 5.Pakherpora Budgam, 6.Kachwari Budgam, 7.Pahalgam, 8.Qoimoh Anantnag, 9.Omah Verinag, 10.Banimullah Anantnag,11. Vasaknag Kulgam, 12. Akingam Anantnag, 13. Drung Baramulla, 14.Gohan Baramulla, 15.Dandmoh Baramulla, 16. Manasbal Bandipora, 17.Saderkote Payeen Bandipora, 18. Chuntpathri Nambalnar Baramulla, 19.Watlab Bandipora, 20.Didikote Kupwara, 21.Wader Wader Bala Kupwara, 22.Nowgam-Mawar Kupwara, 23.Litter Pulwama, 24.Sharshali Pulwama,25. Baghi Sangerwani Pulwama, 26.Hirpora Shopian, 27. Sankoo Kargil, 28.Drass Kargil, 29.Tiger-Sumoor Leh, 30.Liker Khalsti Leh, 31. Khag Budgam, 32. Rafiabad Baramulla, 33.Chahal Shahkoot [Earthquake village] Kupwara,).
Gagangir Sonamarg, 2. Naranag Kangan, 3.Pahalgam, 4.Vasaknag Kulgam, 5.Akingam Anantnag, 6.Drung Baramulla, 7.Gohan Baramulla, 8.Dandmoh Baramullah,9.Manasbal Bandipora, 10.Saderkote Payeen Bandipora, 11.Watlab Bandipora, 12.Wader Wader Bala Kupwara, 13.Nowgam-Mawar Kupwara, 14.Litter Pulwama, 15.Sharshali Pulwama, 16.Baghi Sangerwani Pulwama,17. Hirpora Shopian, 18.Tiger-Sumoor Leh, 19.Khag Budgam, 20.Rafiabad Baramulla, 21. Chahal Shahkoot [Earthquake village] Kupwara) 22. Poshkar Budgam, 23. Pakharpora Budgam, 24. Kachwari Budgam, 25.Kaimoh Anantnag, 26.Omah Verinag, 27.Chuntipathri, Nambal Nar, 28. Dedikoot Baramulla, 29. Sankoo Kargil, 30. Banimulla Kulgam (Anantnag)
Walking through Srinagar, you will come across several architectural marvels where the grandness of Mugal architecture still lingers. And just a glimpse of thesestructures and their magnanimiety you will be left in awe. Such is the sheer brilliance and beauty of Srinagar. Much has been said about the Mughals love for Kashmir:
The walk starts at the newly built plaza in Lal chowk, present-day commercial hub. We then pass through lanes lines with shops selling namdas and other crafts at koker Bazar, the fish market on Amira Kadal, and a wholesale cloth market and gold jewellery market, along Hari Singh High Street a colonial Plaza with long extended porticoes and wooden fretwork. The Significant structures in the area are the Sherghari Palace, Saddar Court Complex, Gurdwara and the Sri Pratap Singh Museum along the Bund.
Srinagar has been the confluence of various religious philosophies such as Buddhism, shaivism, and islam and since the 13th century, it has been the home to various sufi cultures. The Pilgrim’s walk takes us through these holy sites which are a mix of grand sacred architecture and humble vernacular architecture. One such example is the Baghadadi Mohalla, where a community of copper artisans trace their origins to Baghdadi Mohalla, where a community of copper artisans