SRINAGAR, Jammu and Kashmir

Even as spring is knocking doors in the scenic Indian-administered Kashmir, tour operators are still awaiting bookings for the forthcoming tourist season.

Tour operators told Anadolu Agency that thousands of families, depending on tourist-related trades are about to starve if the forthcoming season also goes dry.

Soon after India enforced clampdown after revoking autonomy in the region last year in August, tourism, handicraft, and e-commerce were the worst-hit sectors.

Two years ago, leading travel journal Lonely Planet had ranked Kashmir Valley as the world’s second most romantic destination, only next to Switzerland for its striking alpines,

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