J&K LG Manoj Sinha visits traditional Bangus valley festival in Kupwara district

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha visited the traditional Bangus valley festival in the Kupwara district on Wednesday, along with Chinar Corps Commander Lieutenant General DP Panday.

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha addressing people at the Bangus valley festival. (Photo: India Today)

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha visited the traditional Bangus valley festival in the Kupwara district on Wednesday, along with Chinar Corps Commander Lieutenant General DP Panday and became a part of the two-day celebrations. The valley would be open to tourists from now.

The annual festival saw the participation of hundreds of Gujjars, Bakarwals and other Kashmiri sightseers from Kupwara, Tangdhar and Handwara. The festival was conducted for two days on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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The first day saw the village games with competitions like horse racing, shepherding challenge, tugs of war and wood chopping challenge between the Gujjar Bakarwal and hilly communities from various Bhaiks who inhabit the beautiful meadows during the summer months.

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At the request of the community members, a free veterinary and medical camp was also organised by the local Rashtriya Rifles Unit, under Chinar Corps, during the two-day festival. The medical camp was organised with an aim to provide basic health care facilities along with free medicines to the locals who live in the remote region of Bangus valley and do not have access to basic healthcare facilities.

The second day of the festival was graced by J&K LG Manoj Sinha and General Officer, Commanding-in-Chief, Lieutenant General YK Joshi. Also present on the occasion were Lieutenant General DP Pandey and Major General HS Sahi.

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Manoj Sinha addressed the large gathering and witnessed the traditional programmes organised by the local Gujjar and Bakarwal communities. He also watched the finals of village games. The Lieutenant Governor also went around the festival venue and appreciated the heritage cuisine stalls set up under the aegis of DDC Rajwar, Mr Suleiman Mir.

Later, speaking on the occasion, Manojn Singa said that it was mesmerising to see such a large gathering at the valley of Bangus. He also said that government would now work rigorously for the overall development of Bangus valley and its infrastructure.

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