Shiv Khori registered highest ever yatra, more efforts on to attract pilgrims: Kumar

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The number of pilgrims to the holy shrine of Shiv Khori has been continuously rising despite hot and humid temperature in the region. More than 7,33,948 pilgrims have visited the shrines till date during current year. Located in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir state, the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Shiv Khori is surrounded by green luscious mountains and is at a tracking distance of 3.5 kms from the base camp Ransoo. Shri Shiv Khori is about 140 kms from Jammu and less than 80 kms from Katra, the base camp of Vaishno Devi Cave Shrine.
The latest data revealed that Shiv Khori Shrine registered highest ever yatra with over 15000 pilgrims reaching daily at the base camp Ransoo for the last fifteen days while 1.21 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance during this month.
Chairing a meeting of tour operaters and officials from different departments Ravinder Kumar, Deputy Commissioner Reasi who is also Vice Chairman of Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board (SSKSB) said that the shrine board has undertaken many initiatives including basic facilities, road connectivity, parking facilities and security measures to ensure a memorable experience for pilgrims.
The meeting was attended by Assistant Commissioner Revenue Reasi, Abdul Satar OSD SMVDSB, ARTO, Naib Tehsildar Ransoo, Journalist and Member Publicity Committee SSKSB- Devinder Thakur, President Hotel & Restaurant Association Katra, Rakesh Wazir, large number of Tourists operators, members of media organizations & other agencies related to tourism industry.
Kumar added that Reasi is emerging as one of the tourist attractions of Jammu province with tourists coming from all parts of country throughout the year and visiting religious places like Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, Shiv Khori, Dera Baba Banda Bahadur, enjoying adventurous sports like river rafting and hiking, enjoying the lush green hills, watching Salal power project from top of the hill. Kumar stressed upon all the concerned for providing better facilities to the pilgrims, so that a good message is spread across the country & even abroad and & more & more tourists/pilgrims are attracted towards the shrine and adjoining spots which have good tourist potential in the district.
To further promote tourism Kumar called upon the tour operators to make special tour packages for the tourists.
The Tour Operators/Travel agents also put forth the problems faced by them. At the outset of the meeting, Mahesh Sharma, Executive Officer SSKSB presented a brief note about Shiv Khori & other adjoining tourist’s spots of the district.

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