Bandipore (Jammu & Kashmir) [India]November 14 (ANI): When Danish Nabi alias Daniyal set out for a journey to comply with his goals, little did he know that he would come to be often called the ‘Ibn Battuta of Kashmir’ for exploring journey tourism within the Valley.
A 30-year-old enthusiastic traveller, Danish didn’t spend a single idle Sunday over the past decade as he set out on foot or on a bicycle to discover the Valley, ranging from his own residence district — Bandipora.
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Danish turned an explorer in his early twenties, similar as Ibn Batuta, and therefore drew parallels with the well-known explorer within the lands of Afro-Eurasia.
Danish has, to this point, rediscovered greater than a dozen Alpine lakes of Himalayan ranges in Bandipora district, thereby making its personal little, but vital, contribution to boosting journey tourism within the Kashmir Valley after a protracted spell of dormancy due to political strife.
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He stated tourism in Kashmir was beforehand restricted to visiting a number of choose and well-liked areas, together with Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg and Dal Lake. Nonetheless, he stated the true Kashmir is up within the mountains, which used to attract adenture-seekers from Europe by the droves earlier than the Valley got here to be racked by militancy from the late eighties.
Each weekend, Danish units out on a journey to the mountains on his bicycle or no foot, exploring lakes and meadows and discovering beforehand unknown vacationer locations.
“I’ve religiously adopted my schedule. I have never wasted a single Sunday. Sunday is my day. Come what could, I set out for a visit each weekend,” he stated.
Thus far he has re-discovered greater than a dozen alpine lakes within the Bandipora and Gurez sectors of J&Ok, within the Himalayas, thus lifting prospects of journey tourism within the Valley.
In line with the J&Ok’s Division of Forests, there are 100 Alpine lakes within the Bandipora district however just one or two, together with Sheerasar, have been visited by journey vacationers previously few years.
Danish has re-discovered Shalpooth lake, 3 Handmarg or Handmenger lakes, Kaul Sar lake, Kiser Sar, two Patalwan lakes, a Kothapatri lake within the Gurez sector and Shera Sar, Sarbal lake, two Kundapani lakes, Chamarsar, Zadsar and Salnai Sar in Bandipora space.
He has additionally explored Chota Amarnath and Bazar Hoi caves in Bandipora, Yemberzalwari collapse Sopore, Sheikhul Aalam collapse Budgam and Kalaroos caves in Kupwara.
Danish captures his expeditions on his GoPro digital camera and posts them on his YouTube channel for the good thing about different journey vacationers.
The ‘Ibn Battuta of Bandipora’ has explored these lakes a number of occasions and located a number of trekking routes for future travellers. All of the routes have been recorded and geo-tagged by him.
“I do report the paths and treks moreover posting them on YouTube for future travellers,” he stated.
Final 12 months Danish grew to become the primary particular person in India and throughout the globe to scale Razdaan High (11672 ft) on a bicycle. He cited his ardour for mountain biking as the explanation behind his journey streak.
He stated he selected the Gurez sector for his weekend expeditions for 2 causes — firstly Gurez lies in his residence district and secondly it has been ignored by different cyclists and must be explored for its immense pure magnificence.
He stated he’s in love with the mountains and explores new areas to advertise journey tourism in Kashmir, moreover fulfilling his want to scale mountain tops.
“Within the latest previous, tourism within the Valley was solely about sightseeing. However there may be magnificence past the meadows as there’s a large potential for journey tourism which may appeal to vacationers from the west,” he stated.
He stated that throughout the darkish days of militancy within the Valley, journey tourism got here to a standstill and the virgin areas disappeared from folks’s minds.
“Individuals sitting at residence nonetheless imagine that there’s a warfare raging up on the mountains. However the reality is that peace prevails within the mountains presently,” he added.
He additional added that after touring alone to those locations he determined to report his travels and publish it on his YouTube channel. His posts from him have obtained an amazing response and an increasing number of folks have began visiting these locations.
The younger traveler stated exploring new locations as helped locals earn a livelihood. He stated after his visits to a number of lakes in Bandipora, many traveler teams approached him for steerage and villagers discovered a supply of livelihood by serving as guides and offering horses and meals to travellers.
“Kudara residents have formally began offering conventional tea and Makki ki Roti to vacationers moreover accompanying them on their treks as guides and renting out their horses,” he added.
His expeditions and following have earned him many nicknames, together with ‘Ibn Battuta of Kashmir’, ‘Mad Man’ and the ‘Mountain man’. Danish stated he loves his nicknames from him. It’s due to his endeavors that the Bandipora district administration in 2020 roped him in as an advisor to advertise journey tourism and some locals, together with Daetwas, Sheerasar, and Nagmarg routes have been ready by the Forest division for trekking.
He stated the Valley, particularly Bandipora, is a heaven for journey vacationers as every little thing that fascinates an adventure-seeker is right here.
“We have now mountains for trekking, two main lakes — Wullar and Kishenganga for water sports activities, lush inexperienced meadows for web site seeing and glaciers. Vacationers get every little thing they need in Bandipora. We simply want to spotlight these locations and I’m doing that,” stated the ‘Ibn Battuta of Kashmir’.
He stated the brand new trekking routes is not going to solely enhance tourism but in addition the bodily and psychological well-being of natives. He stated a monotonous lifestyle usually results in rising stress ranges in locals.
“I want folks would reserve their Sundays for such travels and work for different days of the week,” he stated.
“If folks can set out for such treks on Sundays, it can cut back their stress ranges and assist them keep in form mentally and bodily,” he added.
He stated, “My mates and kinfolk suppose I journey day-after-day however the reality is that I journey solely on weekends and work on different days of the week.”
Danish is a authorities worker posted on the mini-secretariat in Bandipora.
He added that he idolises Dr Shariq Masood, a famous physician at SKIMS and an avid traveler like himself, and urged everybody to comply with in his footsteps.
He stated the physician has by no means practiced on a Sunday over the past 20 years as he reserves it for his travels.
“He might have earned hundreds on Sundays however refused as he likes to maintain that day for himself,” Danish added.
“Medical doctors often advocate walks and bodily workouts to their sufferers however themselves work even on Sundays,” he stated. (ANI)
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