Efforts underway to bring JK on pilgrimage tourism map: Sharma
Jammu, Nov 23:
Advisor to Lt. Governor, K. K. Sharma today said that the efforts are underway
to bring Jammu and Kashmir on international tourist pilgrimage map as the
region is replete with the historical religious sites of immense importance.
The Advisor was
speaking during his visit to the Buddhist site at Ambaran in the Akhnoor area
of the Jammu district. He was accompanied by renowned Buddhist scholar
Dhammadipa, Director Tourism, Jammu Deepika Sharma, Managing Director JKTDC
Asgar Hussain and Assistant Archaeologist Ms Sonam of Archaeological Survey of
India (ASI) and other senior officers of Administration.
It is pertinent
to mention that the site pre-dates to the Kushana period and is of pivotal
importance viz-a-viz the artifacts and terracotta of figurines excavated from
the site which are presently in different museums all over the world. The
conservation work was undertaken by ASI since 2004 and is still in process. The
site has also been visited by HE Dalai Lama and several other top Buddhist
scholars from different parts of the world.
The Advisor said
that the site is of immense importance and people need to be made aware about
it so that the people, researchers and Archaeologists from different parts of
the globe can come and get benefitted from the wide range of artifacts excavated
He said that the
region of Jammu and Kashmir has innumerable pre-historic and historic sites
which need to be preserved and information about their importance and relevance
be propagated to the people within the state and in different parts of the
The Advisor also
directed the officers to ensure proper road connectivity to the site by
undertaking the requisite developmental works, besides the required
conservation measures in and around site. He also directed the tourism
department for undertaking concrete measures for creating more awareness about
the relevance of the historical site by suitable campaigns.
later, visited historical “Har Ki Poudi” on the banks of the river Chenab and
directed undertaking the requisite developmental works on it. He said that
these types of sites or areas are a part of our historical legacy and we should
collectively work for preserving these besides creating the requisite awareness
among the posterity about our historical and cultural icons.