- Title: Coronavirus devastates tourism industry in Indian Kashmir.
- Date: 24th March 2020
- Summary: SRINAGAR, JAMMU AND KASHMIR, INDIA (MARCH 24, 2020) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) 'SHIKARA' BOATS IN DAL LAKE 'SHIKARA' BOAT OWNER ROWING BOAT AS TOURISTS SIT VARIOUS OF 'SHIKARA' BOAT OWNERS SITTING IN BOATS 'SHIKARA' BOAT IN DAL LAKE VARIOUS OF DESERTED HOUSEBOAT HOTELS TOURISTS SITTING IN 'SHIKARA' BOATS (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu and English) TOUR OPERATOR, MOHAMAD HAFEEZ SHAWL, SAYING: "The horse owners, 'shikara' boat owners, hotel owners the total Kashmir valley is on zero on today's date and we hope and pray to God that save us and the entire world and this virus should stop as soon as possible." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE STANDING MAN ROWING BOAT (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) DIRECTOR TOURISM, KASHMIR, NISSAR AHMAD WANI, SAYING: "We have taken out an average virtually that approximately 11 people are directly or indirectly are affected due to this so it's a natural thing that houseboat owners or 'shikara' boat owners do not have any other alternative as a means of source of income and other thing so it's a natural thing, they will be affected the most." VARIOUS OF PARKED 'SHIKARA' BOATS
- Keywords: India Srinagar coronavirus disease health tourism
- Reuters ID: LVA001C6EURF3
- Location: SRINAGAR, JAMMU AND KASHMIR, INDIA
- City: SRINAGAR, JAMMU AND KASHMIR, INDIA
- Country: India
- Duration: 00:01:47
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: The rising number of coronavirus cases in India's northern Jammu and Kashmir territory has dealt a severe blow to the tourism industry, leaving the people of the Himalayan region distressed.
Tourism, for decades a mainstay of the scenic region's economy, has been badly hit the region.
Deserted hotels, resorts, and most tourist spots such as Dal Lake were a common sight on Tuesday (March 24) as tourists were missing from the scene.
India blocked roads in Kashmir on Thursday after the insurgency-torn region reported its first case of coronavirus on March 19.
Kashmir touts itself as a "Paradise on Earth" and is known for its mountains, glaciers and Dal Lake, a favourite destination centuries ago for Mughal emperors escaping the summer heat of India's plains. But the picturesque valley of seven million is one of most militarized places on earth due a decades-long insurgency against Indian rule, and its residents have been subject to prolonged curbs on freedom of movement.
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