Thursday, April 5, 2012

Cruise Service in Jehlum

Highland Journeys launches cruise service in Jehlum

 A private tour company, Highland Journeys today launched this year’s cruise service by operating the first cruise ride between the Peerzoo Island and Chattabal Weir this afternoon.

The people who were part of the Cruise service were exalted to learn about the rich heritage of the Srinagar by taking the ride that culminated in almost two hours. They got to know about the importance of the banks along the river Jhelum during the ride and also witnessed some of the important temples and shrines located on the banks of the river.

During the journey some of the important bridges located on the river Jehlum like Amira Kadal, Budshah Bridge, Habba Kadal, New Fateh Kadal, Old Fateh Kadal, New Zaina Kadal, Old Zaina Kadal, Aali Kadal, Nawa Kadal and Safa Kadal were seen by the people.

Sharing his views, Rauf Tramboo, Owner Highland Journeys said that the service has been started to provide a glimpse to both the locals and tourists about the rich heritage that the summer capital of the state possesses. He said people should come and enjoy the service so that the message is passed on to the others.

"We wish and hope that tourists would come over here and enjoy the cruise service. This is more than important since Srinagar is linked with the rich heritage and tradition of the state. Some of the architectural marvels are located along the banks of river Jhelum and these can be seen only when a person undertakes a cruise ride," said Rauf.

He said that last year 60 groups of visitors availed the services of the cruise and enjoyed the magnificence of Srinagar. He said that advisories issued by the various European countries have taken a toll of the tourism in jammu kashmir the state.

"The advisories need to be removed so that foreign tourists come over here. The foreigners are the real lovers of heritage and architecture and they can see during the Cruise ride. Hopefully this time more groups of both the domestic and foreign tourists come to Kashmir and enjoy this ride," said Rauf.

Mohammad Saleem Beigh, Jammu and Kashmir convener for INTACH said that river Jhelum depicts the life of the Srinagar city more so as many shrines and temples are located on its banks. He said that there are 44 banks on the river Jhelum from Zero Bridge to Maharaj Gunj area located near the Zaina Kadal bridge.

The cruise can be enjoyed at the rate of Rs. 350 per ride for an adult while as it is Rs. 250 per child. The ride is completed within two hours and it passes through some of the important areas of the old Srinagar city.

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