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After trip as tourist last year, a destination wedding in Kashmir

5 Most Popular Places For Destination Wedding In Kashmir

NEW DELHI: A trip to Pahalgam in 2021 proved to be a defining moment for Canadian resident Rajvir Kaur. This week, Kaur returned to Kashmir to tie the knot with fellow Gurusikh and beau, Jaspreet Singh, having decided to sink her roots in the hill territory.

In an intimate ceremony with only 110 guests, Rajvir and Jaspreet took their wedding vows with Golden Temple kirtani Gurmeet Singh ‘Shaan’ singing the Laav hymns.

“The reason we chose Pahalgam was because it is peaceful and shows you the might of nature in all its glory. As Amritdhari Sikhs, we wanted a very traditional, religious ceremony with vegetarian fare and no pomp and show and the hotel owner understood are requirement and facilitated this for us. In the lap of nature, we started a new life together and I’ve decided to not return to Canada,” Kaur told TOI over phone.

J&K’s tourism department is overjoyed with the endorsement. The erstwhile hill state, once a popular destination for weddings, saw a steady decline in numbers over the past decades, owing to militancy and security concerns. If Kashmir was once the preferred choice, Goa, Rajasthan, and Kerala became the more popular options for couples to host their weddings at.

With the likes of Rajvir and Jaspreet choosing the lush green meadows of Pahalgam, however, Kashmir’s popularity for destination wedding is sure to get a boost, J&K special secretary tourism Amarjeet Singh

J&K’s tourism department is also pushing policy initiatives to promote tourism in the region. From promoting homestays and cultural festivals, cuisines and experiential travel, the UT’s tourism secretary Sarmad Hafeez has also led meetings with local hoteliers, urging industry partners to tie-up with wedding planners and event managers, asking them to pitch Kashmir as a prominent wedding destination.

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