Pulwama, July 24: Pulwama district in Southern Kashmir has a distinct topography. It is dotted with fertile karewas, green forests, beautiful pastures and fresh water streams and lakes.
It is known as Anand of Kashmir for milk production and Ludhiana for poultry rearing.
The karewas of Pampore are known for producing world famous quality saffron. The karewas of Pulwama support almond cultivation, around 3538 hectares of land is under almonds here.
Pulwama produces around 6468 metric ton of almonds, which is highest in Kashmir.
The largest industrial growth centre falls in Lassipora village of the district where key industrial units of Kashmir are located.
It is one among the tree districts where high grade lime stone is found in abundance.
The mineral is extracted in Khrew area of the district where a number of cement factories have come up over the years.
Alpine lakes of Tarsar Marsar are located in Nagbaren area of Tral. The Tral wild life sanctuary houses Hangul (Kaahmiri Stag) breeding centre for being natural habitat of Hangul.
Historically, Pulwama assumes significance for giving birth to great saints and sufi poets which include Habba Khatoon, Wahab Khaar and Soch Karl.
The district is not lacking in human resource. The youth of the district have proved their mettle in Education, Sports and other Creativity activities and bring laurels from time to time.
However, the district lacks promotion on tourism map of Jammu and Kashmir despite having significant potential.
Shikargah in Tral was announced as tourist spot in 2017 but necessary infrastructure and facilities need to be created and it should be vigorously promoted. The Tral area has great scope for adventure tourism, it needs to be exploited.
Identifying Bagh Sangerwani , Shaarshali and Litter among 33 villages of Kashmir for developing as tourist villages under Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Plan is a well come step.
The forest area surrounding sangerwani village of Pulwama present a mesmerizing picturesque scenery.
It has lush green virgin pastures, beautiful meadows and pristine water streams.
Kandpathri, Namblan, Gadar,Kharoot, Shidak, Bajpathri, Churkal, Tusha Maidaan, Dupkhal, Thamri, Sangam, Panjri Khal, Katarkhal and Nagasar are some of the spots in Sangerwani area which are matchless in their virgin beauty.
These areas have potential for sustainable ecotourism.
Similarly, the Shaarshali area has a tremendous scope for adventure tourism.
The Jammu and Kashmir Tourism department needs to promote these destinations on tourism map.
Presence of recreational avenues will provide youth of the district an opportunity to de-stress themselves by way of relaxation and spending quality time with their friends.
It will also create employment for educated youth.
By exploring trekking routes in these areas and throwing them open will result in utilisation of youth energy for positivity.
The district has also immense scope for pilgrimage tourism.
Shadimarg, Khrew, Tral, Payer, Kakapora and Awantipora are some of the places that can be looked for pilgrimage tourism.