Visual from the Dhoodhpathri festival 2021 (Photo/ANI)
Visual from the Dhoodhpathri festival 2021 (Photo/ANI)

J-K: Indian Army organises 3-day festival to promote Doodhpathri as attractive tourist spot

ANI | Updated: Oct 05, 2021 09:31 IST

Budgam (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], October 5 (ANI): To promote Doodhpathri as an attractive tourist destination, the Indian Army's Chinar Corps organised a three-day tourism festival

"We have a great connection with people. Such programs encourage civilians and boost tourism," said General DP Pandey, General-Officer-Commanding (GOC) of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps.

"I hope that the tourism activity here increases in the coming times so that local people could get livelihood from it and I wish that this tourist spot progresses," he added. 

The Doodhpathri festival, 2021, showcased singing performances, Rouf, a Kashmiri folk dance, martial art and Bhangra, a Punjabi dance. 

Through the festival, the rich art and culture of the union territory were showcased. 

While locals in large participated in the festival and found it to be a respite from the despondency created by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"Due to such festival, the tourism in the Doodhpatri is brought a higher level and such festivals must happen so that people get livelihood here. Our identity comes out through such programmes," said the Budgam Municipal Corporation official. 

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"People in large numbers took part in this festival in full compliance with the COVID-19 protocols. As you can see people are feeling mental relaxation through this festival. Jammu and Kashmir need such programmes to boost tourism. The tourism will boost the economy here," said a local Amaan Gilani. 

Army also distributed supportive equipment like wheelchairs, crutches and hearing aids among differently-abled persons. 

"This is not the first time that army has distributed wheelchairs to physically differently-abled persons here. Before this festival also, the army distributed powered wheelchairs. Today the army distributed powered wheelchairs to two differently-abled persons, manual wheelchairs to five to six persons, crutches and hearing aids to the differently-abled persons," said Waseem. (ANI)