In earlier times pilgrimage satisfied themselves with the very basic facilities but with the passage of time the needs and wants of the tourists pilgrims have undergone many changes. Concerned Governments of the pilgrimage spots and the private players have sensed this demand and have created facilities to provide for the smooth movement of pilgrims to pilgrimage spots. What they have created and where they have created is a point of concern?
The book entitled Tourism and Pilgrimage with special focus on Pilgrimage Tourism of Kashmir is an intensive study of the phenomenon of tourism and its special type, i.e. pilgrimage tourism conducted with enough field work and trips to the pilgrimage spots. Different aspects linked with the pilgrimage tourism have been keenly observed. First an in depth analysis of the concept of tourism its definitions its growth over decades and other related aspects has been done. Relation of tourism and pilgrimage has been given a deep thought. Pilgrims and tourists have been consulted on the spots to get the first hand experiences of their visits. After several pain sticking efforts personnel linked with pilgrimage tourism were consulted interviewed and discussions held with them. Other aspects of pilgrimage tourism like literature on pilgrimage tourism its evolution purpose its importance problems and prospects have been thoroughly discussed. The book after careful analysis of the problems has heavily focused on the suggestions and recommendations which if followed can contribute a lot in building pilgrimage tourism of India in general and of Kashmir in particular.