August 2007 News

Sapphire Valley To Be Brought On Country's Tourism Map: Azad

24 August 2007

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to bring the world famous Sapphire valley at Paddar in Kishtwar district on the country's tourist map. Keeping in view the vast potential for promotion of pilgrim and adventure tourism in Paddar, steps would be taken to bring it on the tourism map of the country soon, Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said. Paddar valley is popular across the world for blue Sapphire and houses sapphire mines in Pir Panchal ranges. Paddar can be a perfect tourist destinations with high altitude meadow lands, snow-capped mountains, low lines glaciers, ice water rivers and high degree of communal harmony among the people living in the area, he said while addressing a gathering at Machail village. Referring to Machail Yatra going in the area, Azad said that thousands of pilgrims from within and outside the state participate in the pilgrimage every year to pay obeisance at the shrine. 'Secularism, communal harmony and pluralistic ethos was the biggest strength of the state and emphasized the need to further strengthen this distinctiveness,' he said. On the occasion, people also prayed for peace, progress and prosperity of Jammu and Kashmir. The chief minister was accompanied by minister for rural development Jugal Kishore Sharma.


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