Srinagar: The Department of Tourism Kashmir in collaboration with J&K J&K Mountaineering and Hiking Club (JKMHC) celebrated International and Mountain day here at SKICC.
The International Mountain Day is organized every year on December 11 worldwide to create awareness about the Sustainable mountain development.
The theme for this year’s mountain day was “Mountain Cultures: Celebrating diversity and strengthening identity”
President of Indian Mountaineering Federation (IMF) Col. H S Chauhan (Retd.) was the chief guest on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Col Chauhan who is also a veteran mountaineers himself said Kashmir was blessed with the natural and unparalleled beauty.
“Nature has gifted this place with unparallel beauty which we can’t compare to any part of the India,” he said.
Col Chauhan also offered any help the state government would seek from IMF with regard to promoting mountaineering.
He said the places like Manali offers just one tenth of what Kashmir has to offer.
“I have spent lot of time in Kashmir and travelled and trekked to most part of it. Kashmir has got everything to offer for adventure lovers. The government needs to promote adventure tourism among the youth,” said Chauhan.
Speaking on the occasion Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah said Kashmir has significant importance for adventure tourism.
He said the department is celebrating the Day to create awareness among masses especially students about the importance of mountains which surround us.
In the first half of the day, Banff movies on Adventure were screened at SKICC auditorium.
The movies showed how the top adventurers of the world achieving amazing feats .
The movies on mountaineering expeditions in Kashmir were also screened which were appreciated by the viewers in the second half .
On the occasion, the department of tourism and JKMHC gave away annual Prof Hamid Award of Excellence.
The department also recognized the services of this recently retired officer Naseer Ahmad by Life Time Achievement Award.
A book titled Mountain Man authored by Imtiyaz Ahmad was also released on the occasion.
Director Tourism Kashmir said the department is gearing up to conduct many adventure sports activities in the winter which include ice-climbing in Pahalgam, ice-skating and snow skiing in Gulmarg.
Large number of students, mountaineers and travel trade fraternity participated in the day long event.
Secretary tourism Farooq shah was the chief guest while Col Chauhan was the guest of Honor .