Gone are the days when Dak Bungalow was the only address for travellers in Kargil. Over the years, hospitality sector is booming and the latest entrant is Kaniz Fatima, who has changed the high-altitude competition, reports Bilal Handoo
In Baroo Kargil, one house would remain under intense evening discussions till 2011. It was the family of Kaniz Fatima (28), the only daughter in the family of six members. The family wanted a direction so that idle members could move out and contribute.
Kaniz, whose father was a medical assistant and mother a nurse, would feel a striking sense of responsibility toward her family. But most of the time she would handle the mounting family matters with silence. She had no idea how to get the family out of the dire striates.
But come spring 2011, and she was no longer handling things with silence. That year as Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) camped in Kargil with a ‘youth-friendly’ Sher-e-Kashmir Employment & Welfare Programme for the Youth” (SKEWPY), Kaniz went to seize the opportunity.
“I got 10 days training,” says Kaniz, spreading a big smile. “I can say, those ten days flipped my life—no wait! I mean, flipped the life of my family.”
Once done with the training, she mulled to venture into Kargil’s ‘virgin’ hospitality sector. But before that could have happened, her home was again under an intense discussion. She sought suggestions from her engineer brother, Ali, well-versed with Kargil’s local market. After gruelling brainstorming session at home, an idea to setup guesthouse sprang up.
“Yes,” she blurts out, “that is what I wanted to do because hospitality comes naturally to us—I mean people of Kargil. We are very hospitable people.”