Forget Kerala, come to Kashmir to detox under the shades of gigantic Chinars and snow-capped mountains. Jammu and Kashmir government is promoting the valley as the wellness tourism hub in the country. Department of Ayush is setting up wellness centers at prominent tourist destinations to help people de-stress.
Wellness centers are being set up at Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Srinagar, Gulmarg, Katra, Patnitop, and other places. Tourists could bask under nature to detox before leaving for their homes.
“We have set up a facility at Royal Spring Golf Course in Srinagar. We are going to upgrade it. Different therapies will be available for tourists,” Dr. Mohan Singh, Director Ayush, Jammu and Kashmir, told KIF.
The centers will be having Panchkarma, regiminal therapies, yoga interventions, cupping, and other activities to improve the holistic health of visitors. “People have different lifestyles and other disorders. Some patients have frozen shoulders, and some have backaches. They have had allopathic treatment for a long. We are providing different interventions. You might have seen cupping which is fast catching up. We take out morbid material from the body which helps the patients,” said Dr Singh.
However, the department is not able to find a suitable place in Gulmarg and Patnitop for the centers. “We have got space in Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Jammu Golf Course, Katra, and Srinagar. Some centers are already functional. However, we are facing problems in getting suitable space in Gulmarg and Patnitop. Once we get the space, we will make the centers functional,” said Dr Singh.
Global Wellness Institute has defined wellness tourism as “travel associated to maintain or enhance one’s well-being and includes the pursuit of physical, mental, spiritual or environmental ‘wellness’ while traveling for either leisure or business.”
Official figures reveal around 2.7 million tourists visited Kashmir last year. This year, the valley is expecting another bumper tourism season. In the first two months of 2023, over 2.5 lakh tourists have already visited Kashmir and the numbers are increasing with each passing day.
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Till April, over four lakh tourists have visited Kashmir with the number surging as the summer season nears. The government is expecting to host more than two crore in Jammu and Kashmir this year. “We want tourists to visit our facilities. They will have a different experience altogether,” said Dr Singh.
With its stunning scenery, clean air, and abundance of natural resources, Kashmir is the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with your inner self. Here are just a few of the many ways you can experience wellness tourism in Kashmir:
- Ayurveda: Ayurveda is a traditional Indian system of medicine that has been used for centuries to promote health and well-being. In Kashmir, you can find a number of Ayurveda clinics and resorts that offer a variety of treatments, including massages, herbal baths, and yoga.
- Yoga: Yoga is a mind-body practice that has been shown to improve physical and mental health. In Kashmir, you can find a number of yoga studios and retreats that offer classes for all levels.
- Meditation: Meditation is a practice that can help to reduce stress, improve focus, and increase relaxation. In Kashmir, you can find a number of meditation centers and retreats that offer classes and workshops.
- Hiking: Hiking is a great way to get exercise, enjoy the scenery, and clear your mind. Kashmir is home to a number of hiking trails that range from easy to challenging.
- Camping: Camping is a great way to get back to nature and experience the beauty of Kashmir. There are a number of campgrounds in Kashmir that offer stunning views, hiking trails, and opportunities for fishing, boating, and swimming.
If you’re looking for a place to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with your inner self, then Kashmir is the perfect destination for you. So come and experience the power of wellness tourism in Kashmir!