Winter tourism in Kashmir, if planned and managed effectively could prove to be one the best economic opportunities. If only our myopic policy and decision makers could see fifty years ahead of now, they could make Kashmir a true paradise.
The development that is taking place is short-sighted and temporary. Till and until massive developmental measures are taken, keeping in view the ecological viability, Kashmir will end up as a poor-man's Switzerland. Eco-Tourism is still an unheard phenomena by the people at helm, that's why Pahalgam, a beautiful resort 90 kms from Srinagar, had to bear the burn of a massive ugly monster. The J&K Bank and the government hand-in-hand created an amusement park in Pahalgam. Domestic tourists might be attracted to such an ugly scar for the cheap thrills it provides but a serious tourist will vow never to return to Kashmir.
A tourist visits Kashmir for the solace and wonderful opportunities it provides for trekking, mountaineering, river rafting, fishing, animal trails, camping, bird watching and not for a ride on the hooting train in the amusement park!