Jammu and Kashmir, called the ‘Paradise on Earth’ is an important tourist destination of the world. The place has been abode of attraction for both outsiders as well as across the India since centuries. However, since eruption of armed struggle and counter insurgency operations in Kashmir not only halts the governance but it led serious negative impact on tourism industry in the state especially in the valley of Kashmir. The valley once lauded as place of peace and home of tourism have changed into the most militarized zone of the world. The violent conflict between the state actors and non-state actors from last two and a half decades have created serious challenges before the policy makers and political leadership of both state and central governments. Although tourism is known as an ambassador of peace, but unfortunately this industry in Kashmir have received least importance in building peace and economic growth. In this backdrop paper study the impact of conflict on tourism in Jammu and Kashmir. The research paper further try to analyze the challenge to tourism viz-e-viz Kashmir is concerned and how significant contribution tourism can play in building peace in conflict and violent led Kashmir.
Cite this article:
Javid Ahmad Ahanger. Tourism and Insurgency in Kashmir: Challenges and way forward. Res. J. Humanities and Social Sciences. 2018; 9(3):477-479 doi: 10.5958/2321-5828.2018.00080.3