She expects locals and government to take care of certain things. “We just need to have that clean environment. The people who like rafting, they also like to sleep in the tents and on the river-side. People are not so picky about staying in the hotels; they just want clean rivers to enjoy,” said Natalia, adding, “There can be very nice horse big riding, hiking, kayaking, this is why we all came here because we know this place is beautiful and has all the potential.”
Officials of Jammu and Kashmir Tourism department are all excited about the positive response and feedback they are getting from the international rafting fraternity and the locals. “We are getting overwhelming response and feedback from the captains of international rafting teams. They have been rafting in Africa, Europe, America and Australia, but they informed us that they found this place unique and rarest of the rare.”
“They are of the opinion that if foreigners come here to see the potential of the water sport activity, they will definitely fall in love with the trekking routes,” said assistant director tourism Tariq Niak.
He added that tourism department has already opened two places in Kashmir Valley i.e. Pahalgam and Sonmarg, and Reasi in Jammu but “Thatri is the best among them and we are hopeful that this will pave the way for the influx of foreign tourists here, especially the adventure lovers.”
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