Two-day Shikara festival begins in Kashmir

Two-day boating festival, organised to promote tourism, kicked off in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. The festival has been organised by the tourism department in collaboration with tour operators and Shikara Association at the Dal Lake in Srinagar city, the summer capital of the province.Various events, including Shikara Race, Dragon Boat Race and Canoe Polo Match besides cultural programmes, depicting traditional heritage and culture of Kashmir, will be organised as part of the two-day event. Tourism industry has taken a severe hit in the valley due to spike in violence in recent months.