'Filmmakers Returning to Kashmir, Tourist Footfall Up'
With Jammu and Kashmir remaining peaceful, Bollywood filmmakers are returning to the state which was once their favourite shooting destination.

Kashmir Valley has witnessed turmoil since 1989, but violence levels have fallen considerably of late, prompting revival of tourism, the state's Tourism Minister Ghulam Ahmad Mir said here.

"The arrival of domestic and foreign tourists in Kashmir has gone up," Mir told reporters here over the weekend.

"I have discussed the issue of Bollywood shootings in Kashmir during my meeting with Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and a meeting of all the stakeholders is likely in Mumbai next month, " he said.

Last month Bollywood heartthrobs Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone shot for the upcoming film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani at famous ski resort of Gulmarg.

Noted Bollywood filmmakers including the late Yash Chopra visited Kashmir last year. Chopra shot some scenes of Jab Tak Hai Jaan -- the ace director's last offering -- with Shah Rukh Khan in picturesque Pahalgam.

"We have started a tourism campaign to attract more foreign tourists," Mir said. The number of foreign tourists visiting Ladakh has also increased, he said.

For domestic travellers, the tourism department has now provided more facilities, such as eateries where they can enjoy their own cuisine, the minister said.

Mir was in Mumbai for a tourism and trade fair, to promote the tourism potential of Kashmir.

"The government has taken effective steps for a holistic development of tourism sector in the state. We are also keen to showcase our vast potential for adventure tourism," the minister said.

Jammu and Kashmir Tourism-Director, Talat Pervez, said the department would incorporate suggestions of all the stakeholders and devise a publicity strategy accordingly.

"We are upgrading the basic infrastructure and are in the process of giving wide global publicity to Kashmir to sustain our tourism sector," Pervez said.
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Sep 27, 2013
05:28 PM

Yes, Kashmir is a beautiful place. The film Jab Tak Hai jan was fully covered from Kashmir. All the scenes are very beautiful. We all know that tourism has been designated as the major source for economical recovery and business era in this state. Tourism is the third biggest industry in Kashmir. Other states such as Kerala and Goa have their own best seasons, but Kashmir has its beauty on all days of a year. Kashmir tourist place offer the filmmakers a wonderful scenic beauty. They utilize these places for picturising the romantic songs. We all remember the song ‘mere hath main’ from the movie ‘fana’. That was made from this heavenly place.

Laura P, Delhi
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