Kashmir tops Google’s list of most searched domestic vacation destination
Srinagar, Dec 22:
Notwithstanding the dearth of tourists visiting it, Kashmir has topped the list
of most-searched vacation destinations in India on Google’s ‘Year in Search’
Wiling to quench
their thirst for the #wanderlust, globetrotters in India have searched’
Kashmir’ as a destination to travel maximum times compared to other tourists
As per the Google’s
‘Year in Search’ list 2019 Kashmir, Kashmiri, Shillong and Munnar have been the
top three most-searched vacation destinations in India. The other destinations
which the backpackers have wished to visit include Auli, Spiti Valley,
Cherrapunji, Kotagiri, Kinnaur, Tirthan Valley and New Delhi.
by the Google Trends is made on the basis of a graph that shows a relative
frequency of any search term over time on a scale of zero to 100. Hundred
represents the highest level.
year witnessed lowest flow of tourists as the entire valley was hit by
uncertainty after abrogation of article 370.
Kashmir has witnessed a decline of 87% in tourists flow compared to the 2.49
lakh domestic tourists received by the valley in the same period. The foreign
arrivals have seen a decline of more than 81 per cent. In November, as many as 10,946 domestic and
1,140 foreign tourists visited the valley.
Kashmir in initial two months post abrogation of article 370 has been the most
searched word on internet.
As per Google
Trends, this year in August, internet users searched for “Kashmir” more than
ever before. Prior to that the word “Kashmir” was mostly searched on Google in
February, when a suicide bomber killed at least 49 forces personnel in
for “Kashmir Property”, “Kashmir land” and “Kashmir flats” have spiked from
nearly zero to their highest level after August5
Pakhtoon, president of Kashmir Tourism Alliance (KTA) said the tourist mostly
enquire about Kashmir packages during winter season.
“Even if some
won’t come here, but a lot of people would confirm about rate of packages.
During winter season, Gulmarg would witness 95 per cent booking as the
destination is highly adventurous for sports lovers. But since August 5, the
tourism industry has been in doldrums. We are currently not getting tourists
from South-East Asia,” he said.