Rajouri: The Jammu and Kashmir government recently organized an ‘Eco-Tourism Fair’ in Dera-ki-Gali to develop the tourism potential of the region.
Dera-ki-Gali, a region located between Poonch and Rajouri, is being developed as the first eco-tourism project in the state by the forest department towards showcasing the scenic beauty and the heritage of the area.
Jammu and Kashmir Forest Environment and Ecology Minister, Mian Altaf Ahmad, told mediapersons that many such spots along the upcoming Mughal road would attract tourists from across the world and would open new avenues for the socio-economic growth of the local people.
“The main objective of the organized function (eco tourism fair) was to make people aware that they all can visit this place without any fear. Even the students can come and especially the natives of Poonch, Rajouri and Kargil region too can visit this place. We hope that many such tourism fairs would be organized in future,” Ahmad said.
Dera-ki-Gali has an immense potential for attracting large number of tourists. Also, it has a great importance, as it is located on the Mughal road, which brings the Poonch and Rajouri district closer to Srinagar in Kashmir valley.
The road was historically used by Mughal emperors to travel and conquer Kashmir during the sixteenth century.
A lot of visitors attended the fair in large number.
“If we see the tourism potential of the Poonch region, we would find it much better than Kashmir region. This area has the potential to develop tourism,” said Zamil Ahmed, a visitor.