Increasing number of youth participate in Sunday trek programs: Dir Tourism
Srinagar, Aug 21: The department of tourism and Jammu and Kashmir Mountaineering and Hiking Club conducted Tyrolean traverse across the stream of Sindh at Dumail in Ganderbal district.
Dumail is over one hour trek from base station and famous tourist spot Naranag. Over 60 members including boys and girls participated in the activity.
The trekkers reached Dumail at 9:30 in the morning where the facility was set by the mountaineer and instructor Junaid Beigh who provided technical tips to the members.
The ropes were fixed across Sindh stream of about 40 feet stretch from one point to another which were also given proper tensioning.
Each member was provided with the necessary gear including the harness and helmet for doing Tyrol.
Speaking about the activity, Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah said the Tyrol is very important activity for the mountaineering, rock climbing, river crossing and rescue operations.
“It is also used for rescue and evacuation operations. We have all the equipments and the gear available for Tyrol but we need people to know how to use them. The Tyrol was conducted in order to prepare mountaineers for such activities during mountaineering and rescue operations,” said Director Tourism Kashmir.
All the 60 members also trekked to Marchaoi which is a two hour trek from Dumail through lush green meadows, thick forests and wild flowers.
Director Tourism Kashmir said they are getting good response from the youth for Sunday treks.
“We want to utilize the potential of youth especially students for trekking activities. Those who are interested in mountaineering and hiking, we take them to Sunday treks and impart them basic skills in trekking. We are getting good response for such activity from youth,” said Mahmood Shah.
Meanwhile, a month-long creative writing workshop for students continued on second Sunday on the banks of river Jhelum at Bund near Peerzu Island. On the inaugural day last Sunday, the workshop was conducted at Cultural Centre at Nowhatta which was inaugurated by Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah
The workshop organised by Waruk, a social organisation working for the promotion of art among youth, in collaboration with Department of Tourism and Settle Light Productions was taken to another level with guest lectures facilitating the budding writers in the serene atmosphere of the river.
The workshop, aiming to provide for a common ground for children and adults, saw more than 50 participants, young and old, crafting stories together as groups.
Exercises merging creative writing with theatre and other creative arts like film making added diversity to the event as students were sent in boats to explore the historic areas along Jehlum Riverfront.
Deputy Director Tourism Riyaz Beigh paid a visit to venue to ensure that their requirements are properly met.
The workshop will continue on the coming weekend and is expected to produce more quality writing among the participants.
The organisers said the experiment to fuse children and adults bringing them on a common front in writing has by far been a very rewarding and successful experience.
“Almost everyone can be seen teaching everyone else and there is no clear distinction between the trainers and the trained students. Readings from professional young writers in three prime languages Kashmiri, Urdu and English was an inspiration for the participants.”
A member of Settle Light Productions said they are always ready to help young and budding writers in terms of financial or other assistance to help them nurture their talent.
“Kashmir is full of talent and we as a group are always ready to contribute whatever we can to facilitate our young minds. We as a team with Department of Tourism and Waruk are continuously exploring other avenues to achieve the same.” (KNS)