Jammu and Kashmir's Doda District Aims to Unlock Eco-Adventure Tourism Potential

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Jammu and Kashmir's Doda District is setting its sights on tapping into its untapped potential for eco-adventure tourism.

With its breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and adventure opportunities, the district aims to attract nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers from around the world. Nestled amidst the mighty Himalayas, the region boasts of snow-capped peaks, lush green meadows, sparkling rivers, and serene lakes. While it has remained relatively unexplored, the local authorities are now focusing on harnessing the district's eco-adventure tourism potential.

Exploring the Eco-Adventure Opportunities:

The district of Doda offers a wide range of eco-adventure activities that cater to different interests and preferences. One of the highlights is trekking, with numerous trails that traverse the region's scenic landscapes. From easy treks for beginners to challenging routes for experienced hikers, Doda has something for everyone. Treks to popular destinations like Kishtwar, Kishtwar Kailash, and Seoj Meadow are gaining popularity among adventure enthusiasts.

For wildlife lovers, Doda is a paradise. The district is home to various species of flora and fauna, including endangered animals like the Himalayan brown bear and musk deer. The local wildlife sanctuaries and protected areas provide opportunities for wildlife safaris and birdwatching. Exploring these natural habitats allows visitors to witness the region's rich biodiversity up close.

River rafting and angling are other thrilling activities that can be enjoyed in Doda. The Chenab and Jhelum rivers offer exciting rafting experiences, while the pristine lakes are perfect for peaceful angling adventures. These water-based activities not only provide an adrenaline rush but also allow visitors to immerse themselves in the region's natural wonders.

Local Initiatives and Support:

Recognizing the significance of eco-adventure tourism, the authorities in Doda District have been actively working towards its promotion. The district administration has established the innovative Jungle world, tent village, a hub for hiking, camping and adventure activities situated in China valley to promote exclusive tourism. They are collaborating with local communities and tour operators to develop sustainable tourism practices that prioritize environmental conservation and benefit the local economy. Infrastructure development, including the establishment of eco-friendly accommodations and well-marked trails, is also underway. DC Doda Vishesh Paul Mahajan added "The growth of eco-tourism is expected to have a positive ripple effect on the overall economy of the district".

Jammu and Kashmir's Doda District is poised to emerge as a sought-after destination for eco-adventure tourism. Its pristine landscapes, diverse wildlife, and thrilling adventure opportunities make it an ideal choice for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. With the concerted efforts of the local authorities and community, Doda District is unlocking its immense potential, inviting travellers to experience its untouched beauty first-hand.

So what are you waiting for? Book your calendars for 2023 holiday and get ready to jump into the eco adventure activities in Doda valley.

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