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Incredible Kashmir extends its heartfelt thanks to the rational decision proclaimed by the German Government federal Foreign Office (FFO)of extending travel advisory in favor of travel to Kashmir Valley to its inhabitants of the country. Up till now it was a forbidden aspect of travel to Kashmir region for those visiting India. This restrictive prohibition has been lifted after a long time. Germanys pioneering move will set example to other foreign counties for similar decision.

Setting a favorable example German Ambassador Thomas Matussek himself visited Kashmir in June 2011 and formally announced that in the coming year the probability of German tourists vacation in the valley in huge numbers cannot be ruled out. The vulnerability and hazard troublesome situation is a thing of the past now. The tourist can now freely move about in and around the valley including Leh, and Ladakh. It is because of the diffused situation over the years and everydayness routine is now peaceful. Many travelers are taking the courage to visit the state with no adverse happenings. This has been happening for quite sometimes now and the word has spread through mouth internationally that a visit to the paradise on earth, Kashmir in Himalayan region is now a reality. Tourists are not vulnerable any longer either as ransom or in clashes. Thus there is a boom in the tourism sector after decades of forbiddance. Foreigners and Travelers are the objective to hold talks as other channels are more assessable. Tourism industry is out of hazard and not a source of added trouble. like the Houseboat Owners Association is hopeful that other countries will follow the example by revising the advisory and tourism will flourish as before in the Kashmir Valley. The last year numbers are already showing an escalating trend.

hindustan times
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Agence France-Presse
November 08, 2012
First Published: 14:46 IST(8/11/2012)
Last Updated: 14:48 IST(8/11/2012)

Britain lifts Indian Kashmir travel warning

Britain has lifted its advisory against travelling to some parts of Indian Kashmir in the latest sign of the scenic region's revival as a tourism destination.

Famed for its houseboats on placid lakes, clean air and mountain scenery, Kashmir was a popular international get-away until an armed insurgency against rule from New Delhi erupted in 1989. "We no longer advise against travel to Jammu and Srinagar, nor against travel on the Jammu to Srinagar highway," the British High Commission said in an update on its website posted Tuesday. Srinagar is Kashmir's summer capital and home to the famous Dal Lake, while Jammu serves as the winter capital.

Muslim-majority Kashmir, set in the foothills of the Himalayas, is divided between India and Pakistan along the heavily-militarised Line of Control border. It was plagued by violence for decades as local militants fought for the region to become independent or part of Pakistan, but unrest has fallen sharply in recent years and domestic Indian tourism has boomed. "The improvements in the security situation has led us to lift the advisory against UK citizens travelling to both cities, Jammu and Kashmir," British High Commissioner James Bevan said. Bevan said the decision to lift the warning would boost foreign tourism and benefit the local economy.

Britain, which first issued a Kashmir travel advisory in 1995, still advises against travel to other parts of the region except for Ladakh. The United States strongly recommends its citizens avoid travel to Kashmir.