Tourists throng Kaghan, Naran after Road’s Reopening

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, May 15, 2024 – The picturesque valleys of Kaghan and Naran in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) have seen a surge of tourists in the past few weeks following the reopening of the vital Karakoram Highway (N-35) that connects these scenic destinations to the rest of the province.

The highway, which had been closed for several months due to extensive damage caused by heavy snowfall and landslides last winter, was officially reopened to traffic earlier this month after comprehensive repair and restoration efforts by the K-P government’s infrastructure development department.

“The reopening of the Karakoram Highway has been nothing short of a boon for the local tourism industry in Kaghan and Naran,” said the K-P Minister for Tourism. “Within just a few weeks, we have witnessed a tremendous influx of visitors eager to experience the breathtaking natural beauty of these regions.”

According to official estimates, the number of tourists visiting Kaghan and Naran has increased by over 50% compared to the same period last year. Hoteliers, resorts, and other tourism-related businesses in the area have reported robust bookings and occupancy rates, indicating a swift recovery from the economic slump caused by the highway’s prolonged closure.

“It’s fantastic to see the roads open again and tourists pouring in,” said Zeeshan, a hotel owner in Naran. “Our staff have been working overtime to cater to the high demand, and we are optimistic that the summer season will be a huge success for us this year.”

In addition to the road’s reopening, the provincial government has also invested in upgrading infrastructure and amenities in Kaghan and Naran to enhance the overall visitor experience. This includes the construction of new rest areas, improvement of water and power supply, and the expansion of hiking trails and campsites in the surrounding valleys.

“Our aim is to make Kaghan and Naran premier tourist destinations not just in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but in the entire country,” the tourism minister added. “With the improved connectivity and upgraded facilities, we are confident that these regions will continue to attract even more visitors in the years to come.”

The influx of tourists has also provided a much-needed economic boost to the local communities, with increased employment opportunities in the hospitality, transportation, and ancillary sectors. Tourists throng Kaghan, Naran after Road’s Reopening

Leave a Comment