Tourists to be welcomed back to Indian Kashmir

  • Tuesday 08, October 2019 09:28 AM
  • Tourists to be welcomed back to Indian Kashmir
Sharjah24 - Tourists warned by India to leave Kashmir just days before stripping the restive valley of its autonomy will be welcomed back later this week, the region's governor said Monday.
Tourist operators told in late August they were badly hit by the sharp drop-off in visitor numbers, and were worried many people would stay away for a prolonged period of time.

More than half-a-million people visited the valley in the first seven months of this year, according to official data.

In addition, some 340,000 religious tourists were also visiting the valley in July before their Hindu pilgrimage was called off due to the terror claims.

Just 150 foreign travellers visited Kashmir after August 5 when New Delhi scrapped its autonomy until the end of the month, the figures showed.