Giving adventure a further push, Tourism Deptt. to start Paragliding, other activities


SRINAGAR, May 13: Giving J&K's adventure potential a further push, the Tourism Department is starting a whole range of adventure activities in the city from today. Organised under the tagline of Spirit of Adventure & Healthy Life, the adventure activities include Paragliding from Astanmarg top to Chan-dpora ground. The flight covers a vertical drop of 2000 ft which is considered a feast to adventure lovers and tourists. Astanmarg, it may be mentioned here, is a meadow on top of Zabar-wan range near Srinagar city at a height of 7300 feet above sea level and overlooks Dal lake, Mahadev peak, Dachigam National Park, Mughal Gardens, Hariparbat fort & other scenic spots in Srinagar.
The other adventure activities being planned by the Department include Mountain Biking & trekking activities upto and around Astanmarg besides a cycli-ng trail from the city upto the upper belt of Dara. Aro-und 70 adventure lovers & sports persons are expe-cted to participate in the event. Adventure tourism, it may be mentioned here, has been flagged by the Department as an added attraction for the tourists & many new trekking routes were thrown open for trekk-ers by the Government last year. Also many new snow activities like night skiing at Gulmarg, water activities like rafting were started last winter and recently Hot Air balloon activity was also started from Zabarwan by the Department. Besides, other outdoor activities like festivals and events were also held by the Department during the period.

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