Residents of Shahpur Kandi area told HT that former MP Vinod Khanna had a dream to introduce water sports at Ranjit Sagar Dam lake, but the project didn't take shape as he lost the next election. Even if tourists want to stay here, the area lacks good hotels or lodges, due to which they have no option but to head for Dalhousie or Chamba.
The Coral Tourist Resort at Madhopur on the banks of a tributary of Ravi river on Pathankot-Jammu national highway is a hit among the tourists, but it has limited rooms to accommodate tourists, who are forced to continue the journey till Jammu before they could find a decent lodging. Shahpur Kandi, a semi-hill area of Punjab, is full of natural beauty. Ranjit Sagar Dam has immense tourism potential Kamal Kishan Happy, a resident of Shahpur Kandi Madhopur is a 'neglected heaven'. Parian Wala Bagh, which was a hit among students as a picnic spot, is now a deserted place Randhir Singh Bitta, a resident of Madhopur The state government should help people like us who are trying to keep tourism alive. Ravi river is enough to attract tourists to the area in hordes Dinesh Mahajan, owner of Coral Resort Official speak I intended to promote this area as a tourist hub but didn't get cooperation from the state government. I am trying to revive the domestic airport which may bring tourists to this area. Partap Singh Bajwa, MP