SIDBI and JK Tourism launches Tourist Guide Training Program in Srinagar
Kanwar Inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in News/ June 14,2023
Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) in collaboration with Directorate of Tourism Kashmir under its Cluster Intervention Programme for Tourism Cluster Jammu & Kashmir initiated a 10-day Tour Guides Training Program in its effort to promote tourism in the downtown (Sher E Khass). The training program will focus on promoting the Rich Cultural Heritage, architecture, famous arts & crafts and local cuisine of Srinagar to the rest of the county and the world.
Downtown is widely identified as “Sheher e Khas” and is the oldest area of the city, with the potential of becoming a tourist hub. The programme will build the capacity of the tour guides by constituting the theoretical and practical sessions along with tour of various circuits of the downtown. The training will also include sessions on heritage, culture, art & craft, communication and soft skills, guiding techniques, basic lifesaving and civil defense.
The training commenced with a session by Zareef Ahmed Zareef, a renowned poet & historian form the valley, Zareef shared valuable insights about the rich Cultural history of Jammu and Kashmir mainly focusing of Downtown Srinagar.
The programme was attended by Dr. Deeba Khalid, (Dy Director Publicity), Joint Director Skill Development (Khan Farooq Ahmad) and other senior officials of Department of Tourism. Dr.Deeba Khalid emphasized on the need for such training programmes.
SIDBI and JK Tourism launches Tourist Guide Training Program in Srinagar. The training programme is being implemented by the Stay Pattern Hospitality Services and Aab e Rawan group.
About “Sheher e Khas”
Srinagar City is known for its unparalleled beauty, charm and rich heritage. The old city of Srinagar, in particular is the hub of most crafts of the valley. Popularly known as Shehr–e- Khaas, the old city is a labyrinth of arterial roads and bustling bazaars. Lending the area its vitality is the river Jhelum, which gently flows through it, refreshing the hearts and souls of the people who live around it. A total of nine bridges span the river, connecting one part of the city to another.