The two are inseparably linked.
Next to horticulture if properly explored within the parameters of the ecosystem, tourism is the most significant for Kashmir’s economy and employment. Tourism has a long history in Kashmir, Europeans gave direction and push to Kashmir tourism by introducing Kashmir, its natural beauty and adventure prospects to outside world. They laid the foundation of Kashmir tourism by introducing basics of the tourist trade. The place like Gulmarg which was established by British to have a good time during harsh summers ultimately became the bedrock of modern tourism in Kashmir. Kashmir was a favorite destination with international tourists, particularly adventure lovers.
Quality domestic tourists would also contribute considerably to our tourist trade. However, for last two decades either because of travel advisories or negative coverage by a section of media foreign tourist are not impressed to visit Kashmir in big numbers. The pioneers of the tourist trade in Kashmir had identified Kashmir only for adventure and vacation tourism that would coexist with its fragile ecosystem. However, immediately after independence, the popular governments in a bid to extract the maximum out of every available resource without proper planning and expertise made a mess of tourism industry by promoting whatever came in their way in the name of tourism. Vandalizing hill stations and banks of Dal Lake by the influential and protégés of political opportunists in the name of tourism are worst examples of defacing beauty and ecological system of Kashmir. Read More Kashmir tourism and environment!