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Rajouri, Oct. 16
The Gujjars and Bakerwals  a main scheduled tribe  communities of Jammu and Kashmir today pleaded before the  state government  to introduce  the concept of ‘Tribal tourism’  create infrastructure and set up  Tribal Tourist destination in different areas.

Attending a  programme organised by Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation -the community members  stated  the tribal tourism will  not only help the state to attract new    tourists to  trek mountains  and discover the  primitive treats of Gujjar- Bakerwal tribes but “will help in eradicating poverty among nomads by boosting their economy in a sustainable  manner” .

The programme was presided over by noted Gujjar scholar Dr. Javaid Rahi while a selected gathering of Gujjar dignitaries was present on the occasion’

In his address focused on ‘Tribal Economy of J&K’  Dr. Javaid Rahi  stated  that there is great potential for new sector of ‘Tribal Tourism’ in the  state. He said, “The governmentmay  re-design the  tribal  areas for tourist  which already exists in Sonamarg, Pahalgam, Doodhpathri,  Mansar,  Mantalai, Patnitop, Poonch , Rajouri   as it will help in  burgeoning the local foreign tourist inflow to the state”.

He said that the creation of new trekking  routs  in mountainiouse tribal areas  of Pirpanchal  and  Trikuta Hills of north-Western Himalaya   can help in  making new tourist circuits  in  lush green forest areas.

Dr Rahi said “Nomadic lifestyle  of Gujjars , Bakerwals and other tribes is a  treasure  of a rich and diverse cultural heritage which  have a potential to fascinate many tourists and can prove a strong motivation for them to peep into their coulorfull traditions of nomadic tribes and their exotic rituals, customs ,  rhythmical music,  dances and sports  which exists since centuries ” .

He said that the ‘HOME-STAY’ in nomadic huts in  ‘Dhoks’ and  ‘Bhaks’ with tribal vegetarian cousin of Gujjars like Kadhan, leeti with  wild vegetables and dairy products can prove a great potential to catch the attention of  domestic and foreign tourists  for a  new experience.

Dr. Rahi  offered free assistance  of  Tribal Foundation for designing the tribal destination and introducing the Tribal Tourism in the State and hoped that Tourism Ministry with the help of Tribal Ministry  will take  an initiative in this  potential secretor.

The speakers on the occasion appealed the Chief Minister  Mehbooba Mufti who is also the Tourism  as well as the Tribal Minister of Jammu and Kashmir to initiate steps to introduce this new concept of Tribal Tourism in state and regulate the visit of domestic and foreign tourists to areas inhabited by nomadic Gujjar and Bakerwal Tribes.