AHRABAL (KULGAM): To promote tourist destination Aharbal, District Administration Kulgam in collaboration with Tourism Department organized the first-ever Ahrabal Festival here which witnessed the participation of people from different walks of life besides many tourists.
The program was organized near Ahrabal Waterfall Park.
In his opening remarks, the Deputy Commissioner Kulgam, Dr. Bilal Mohi-Ud-Din Bhat said that the objective of the festival is to bring Ahrabal tourist destination in the limelight of national and international level and to promote the beauty of Aharbal and its various beautiful spots/destinations including Kousarnag, Aharbal Waterfall, Chiranbal to people across the world.
On the occasion, Director Tourism Kashmir, Dr. G N Itoo said that the Department is making concerted and coordinated efforts to promote potential tourism destinations like Aharbal. He said the festival is part of the Government's initiative to promote 75 offbeat destinations across Jammu & Kashmir. He said the Department intends to make Ahrabal a hub of tourism activities with Kongawaten, Guerwatan, Kusar Naag, etc as its catchment destinations. The Department, he added, is working in this direction.
DDC Chairperson, Mohammad Afzal Parrey, CEO, Ahrabal Development Authority, Ghalib Mohi ud Din and other DDC members, officers of Tourism Department and district administration, PRI members were present on the occasion.
During this festival, colorful cultural programs were held and soothing voices and melancholic musical streams by the performers reverberating through the cold breezes turned the show energetic and lively with the audience cheering for these artists.