Bhaderwah Valley Set To Come Up On National Tourism Map

4 May 2009
The Indian Express

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir's scenic Bhaderwah valley, nestled among snow-capped mountains, Kashmir will soon be opened to domestic and foreign tourists. The valley will now come up on the national tourism map as the phase one infrastructure projects taken up under tourist destination development scheme and circuit development scheme would be soon be completed, tourism officials in Jammu said. 'Mountain locked picturesque Bhaderwah valley will be opened to foreign and domestic tourists. It will emerge as a major tourism hub. First phase of tourist infrastructure projects and circuital tourism development is being completed soon,' a state tourism official said. The Bhaderwah Development Authority (BDA) has also drawn up as management plan for all assets created under the projects with focus on making the private sector a key player in the development of tourism industry in the area. Under the tourism infrastructure plan of Bhaderwah valley, two unique resorts have come up at Khellani-Kellar and Jai comprising igloo-shaped hutments, introduced for the first time in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. Khellani resort overlooks the scenic valley of Kelar and has a combination of forest and garden with an ambience of orchids which mesmerizes visitors leaving a lasting impression in their memories, they said. A model herbal garden has also been developed by the BDA at Drudhoo-Bhaderwah over an area of two acres the officials said, adding that 32 herbs like lavender, kut, acnicea, podoplylum, rosemary, geranium, saxifrage, viola are cultivated in it. The herbal garden will help the local farmers in taking up the activity on commercial lines and in conserving the region's rare endemic herbs. A full-fledged herbal garden over an area of 40 kanals at Chabra Kotli is also in offing with Central financial assistance from National Medicinal Board through the directorate of Indian System of Medicines (ISM) J&K, besides a herbal treatment centre at TRC Amiranagar being envisaged at a cost of Rs 45 lakh through Ayush India. The BDA has also finalised a master plan for the local area focusing on balanced and planned growth of the infrastructure on sustainable basis without sacrificing productivity or disturbing the environment and natural resources of the area. A picturesque lake view resort has been developed over an area of 90 kanals along the bank of Neeru river, draining the glacier of the Bhaderwah valley. Also a unique garden having exotic flowers like lillium, gladiolus, azellia, cornelia, magnolias, roses and an artificial lake over an area of two acres comprising kids pool and boat club is also coming up.