Assistant Director Tourism Tariq Naik said, “It was a sort of dream, when our department proposes to organise this international event on river Chenab in this far off district Doda which is famous for its rich culture, unique topography besides rarest of flora and fauna. We are hopeful that by organizing this event, a message will go to out-side world regarding the potential of adventure tourism activities.”
Tariq was all praises for Natalia from Slovakia, an IRF member for making this event a huge success, which has brought the otherwise neglected district on international tourism and sports map. Natalia, who has been racing, judging and organizing the rafting championships all around the world for the last 15 years, seems to be completely mesmerised by the rapids of mighty Chenab. “The rapids were big, consistently grade three or four. Chenab has got all the potential to become an international destination of not only commercial rafting but also for hiking, big horse riding, rock climbing and trekking,” she said.
The Jammu and Kashmir Government, in its effort to boost tourism in far off areas of the state fully supported the event.