ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000




VOLUME : 5, ISSUE : 3, July-September, 2017 (ISSN No. : 2321-4155)

Optimizing the Sustainability of Tourist Infrastructure in Dal Lake

Watershed of Kashmir Himalayas

Arif H Shah, Zahoor A Nengroo & M. Sultan Bhat 

Tourism has assumed an overwhelming importance as a component of mountain economy around the world. Though the lowlands remained the major regions of industrial and urban concentration in the past, the mountain regions are now attracting major economic investments for hydro-power and communication routes and above all a number of mountain regions have experienced “tourist revolution” causing substantial economic, social and environmental changes. The current construction activities inherent in tourism infrastructure are associated with huge amount of waste. As the economy of the region continues to expand, there is growing need to explore the problems of sustainability associated with tourism infrastructure. Dal Lake Watershed has an area of 331 km2 and lies between 34° 02’-34°13’ N latitude & 74° 48’-75° 08’ E longitude ensconced in the valley of Kashmir. The paper analyses the accommodation sector of Dal Lake Watershed. There are about 1268 accommodation units comprising of 227 hotels, 236 guest houses and 805 houseboats with a total capacity of 19,428 beds. The average bed capacity of hotels is much higher (50 beds per hotel) as compared to the average bed capacity of guest houses (16.19 beds per guest house) and the houseboats (5.2 beds per houseboat).
Keywords: Accommodation, Infrastructure, Dal Lake, Tourist, Watershed.