Xtreme Offroaders organize fun-run to promote adventure tourism in Bandipora
BY: SUHAIL RATHER
BANDIPORA: With the aim to promote adventure tourism in Kashmir, Twenty 4×4 enthusiastic racers from Srinagar and Bandipora embarked on a car ride to scale the mountains of Labkachaal, Vewan, Authwatoo areas of Bandipora district.
The adventure ride organized by Xtreme offroaders Kashmir started their ride from Srinagar and after traversing through several towns and rural locations like Sumbal, Safapora, Ajas, Garoora, Nadihal, Papchan, Ahamshareef, Authwatoo the group reached Labkachaal and Vewan after nearly three hours of riding on the highway.
The organizer of the event said the aim was to attract the adventure loving people towards Kashmir and to explore these virgin places to give a boost to the tourism potential of forgotten areas like Bandipora. “The main purpose of organising this rally was to explore the mesmerising beauty of Bandipora and to promote adventure tourism in the area,” said a racer Tanveer Ahmad Dar. “We want to bring back Bandipora on adventure tourism map as it was attraction for foreign tourists before 90’s especially Authwatto Vewan, Labkachal and Gurez”.
More than 20 youth participated in fun-run event, it was not a race but just a commencement by youth to praise the beauty of Kashmir. The ride which started from Srinagar to Labkachaal and Vewan through was a big manoeuvre towards the promotion omaneuverre tourism of Jammu and Kashmir in general and district Bandipora in particular.
“Bandipora has been neglected by the successive regimes and Tourism department despite the area having a vast scope for adventure tourism. This run is an initiative to draw the dormant mind of government towards the unfading beauty of the district,” Dar added. “This initiative encourages the youth to participate in adventurous sports,” he added.