(Mr. Sajad Kralyari, 28, was born in Kralyar, Srinagar. He had his early schooling at the General Public Mission (GPM) School, and his higher secondary education from the Government High School. He completed his B.Sc. from the Gandhi Memorial College, Rainawari, Srinagar, and Master's degree in journalism from the Media Educational Research Centre (MERC), University of Kashmir in 2008. He subsequently did a brief stint in New Delhi before returning as a correspondent for the Rising Kashmir, working on business and economy related stories.)
Srinagar: The 33 motor sports drivers Sunday kick started the
1000 kilometers Mughal Rally 2010 on the historic Mughal road to
explore the tourist destinations that have remained uncharted so far.
The rally was flagged off from Royal Springs Golf Course today after a
three days hectic and adventurous run that saw changes in weather from
pouring of rain, snow, sunshine to landslides and overflowing water
“Our motive is to expose the unexplored areas of tourism where we
have not reached so far. We have great potential in tourism and I am
sure this Rally would attract tourists to new places,” said Minister
for Tourism and Culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora after flag-off ceremony.
Despite repeated hartals and restrictions, the tourism ministry has
expressed happiness over the tourist flow. “Tourists are coming in good numbers and every body from Shikara Walla to hotelier is doing good business. They are earning their livelihood. Now, this Mughal rally would also help to increase the tourist
inflow,” said Jora.
Referring to the present disturbance, Jora said there were some minor
hiccups here and there but the rally has been successful which he described as “dream come true”. “We are happy with the successful completion of this rally and will organise more such rallies to expose the unexplored areas of tourism,” said Jora.
The 33 cars were flagged off on a rainy morning at Royal Springs Golf
Course on June 25 and set out to overcome the challenging routes from
Daksum to Kishtwar and there onwards to Jammu via the twin lakes of
Mansar and Sunrise giving memorable experiences to the participants
drawn form all parts of the country.
Considered as prelude to the formal opening of the Mughal road,
Director Tourism Kashmir Farooq Shah said they Rally would attract
tourists to these unexplored areas which would pick up tourism there.
“Motors sports gave us the chance to expose the tourist resorts. We
would ensure local participation in this sport in future,” informed
A female driver from Delhi Rajni Dutt, 45, has been participating for
the past six years but she ranks Mughal Road rally experience as one
of her ‘best experience’ despite feeling scary of visiting Kashmir.
“It was a wonderful experience and I would love to visit Kashmir
again. Firstly I was scared but the warmth of the people and the
environment has attracted me,” said Dutt.
The Rally also featured a lone Kashmir entry of Taufeeq Muhal who
claimed 8th position in the event.
The first Mughal Road rally was the joint endeavour of Tourism department
and JK Bank to harness the adventure tourism potential of the State.
Minister of State for Tourism Nasir Aslam Wani was also present among
others on the occasion.