J-K: Tourists can stay in residences around Manasbal Lake.

Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department has organized a series of homestay schemes . The program is part of a strategy to increase tourism in the territory .

Manasbal Ganderbal (Jammu and Kashmir) India — For the first time in the region, the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department has organized a series of homestay schemes, and tourists are now able to use the services in Manasbal Lake, which is located in the Ganderbal district of Central Kashmir, as part of a strategy to increase tourism in the territory.The department's homestay policy and guidelines have been published, and it's now According to Hafeez, the department would record more homestays.It allows people at the root level to participate directly, and we're supporting experienced tourism so that visitors can experience the beauty of their local heritage and the surrounding environment, he said.This Homestay program around the lake is likely to boost local businesses.Local residents are appreciating the tourism department's initiative, saying that youths of Kashmir will have a chance to earn through this program and that the problem of unemployment will be addressed to a greater degree.There are 75 places in Jammu and Kashmir that are unexplored by tourists and the UT administration has organized a festival to promote local arts and culture, food, and water sports activities.We have organized a day-long festival in Manasbal, which includes water sports and other activities to attract more tourists, according to G N Itoo, the director of tourism in Kashmir.

It enhances interaction between visitors and locals for a more enriching travel experience.Over 79 lakh tourists visited J&K between October 2021 and March 2022, showing that the present situation is favorable to the development of the tourism sector in the Union Territory.