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Jammu and Kashmir Opens Gates to Travellers Again

After 68 days, an advisory asking visitors to keep out of the Valley has been relaxed.  
Jammu and Kashmir Opens Gates to Travellers Again
The advisory that asked travellers to stay out of Jammu and Kashmir, has finally been lifted. Photo By: Boonchai wedmakawand/Getty images

After being off limits to tourists since August 2, Jammu and Kashmir reopened to visitors on October 10. The restriction, which had been in place for 68 days, was issued following the Centre’s contentious decision to revoke Article 370 under the Indian Constitution. The law granted special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

In August, the Central Government cut short the Amarnath Yatra that attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over the country, citing a terror threat. Tourists in the state were advised to leave the region immediately. A few days later, Article 370 was rescinded.

Despite the relaxing of restrictions, it is unclear if tourists will immediately return to the state as the political situation in the Valley remains uncertain, and normal life is yet to resume.

Jammu and Kashmir is known for its natural beauty, which is distinct from most of the country given its geography. Apart from picturesque lakes, panoramic views of the Himalayas, its pleasant climate is a huge draw for tourists. To experience these natural wonders and much more, Poonch and Pahalgam are just two of the many destinations you can head to.

Moreover, towns like Sonmarg and Gurez offer a peek into the region’s rich cultural history and its unique local cuisine, as well as a chance to experience an idyllic pastoral life.

  • Tanay Gokhale enjoys writing and follows what he thinks is an eclectic mix of interests. Especially passionate about travelling with good music and a book to boot.

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