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The Famous Five is a series of children’s adventure novels written by English author Enid Blyton. The first book, Five on a Treasure Island, was published in 1942. The novels feature the adventures of a group of young children – Julian, Dick, Anne and Georgina (George) – and their dog Timmy.
The stories take place in the children’s school holidays after they have returned from their respective boarding schools. Each time they meet they get caught up in an adventure, often involving criminals or lost treasure. Sometimes the scene is set close to George’s family home at Kirrin Cottage in Dorset, such as the picturesque Kirrin Island, owned by George and her family in Kirrin Bay. George’s own home and various other houses the children visit or stay in are hundreds of years old and often contain secret passages or smugglers’ tunnels.
In some books the children go camping in the countryside, on a hike or holiday together elsewhere. However, the settings are almost always rural and enable the children to discover the simple joys of cottages, islands, the English and Welsh countryside and sea shores, as well as an outdoor life of picnics, lemonade, bicycle trips and swimming.
Blyton intended to write only six or eight books in the series, but owing to their high sales and immense commercial success she went on to write twenty-one full-length Famous Five novels, as well as a number of other series in similar style following groups of children discovering crime on holiday in the countryside. By the end of 1953 more than six million copies had been sold. Today, more than two million copies of the books are sold each year, making them one of the best-selling series for children ever written, with sales totalling over a hundred million. All the novels have been adapted for television, and several have been adapted as films in various countries.
Blyton’s publisher, Hodder & Stoughton, first used the term “The Famous Five” in 1951, after nine books in the series had been published. Before this, the series was referred to as The ‘Fives’ Books.
From the earliest records, Kashmir Himalaya has been revered as the
abode of gods and since the time Aryans migrated this far from the
plains sometime between 2500 and 1500 BC, the valley and its mountains
have been held in awe, while explored by the great travelers, Islamic
teachers & scholars, great kings, travel writers and the adventures.
Kashmir’s mountain passes and main trails had been known to traders and
pilgrims for many centuries but it was not until 16th century when the
earliest sketches were compiled by Mughal and at later state during 19th
century more area as for as central Asia were explored by the explorers
and adventures while making Kashmir as its base. If we see the
beginning of adventure tourism in Kashmir, it started by the turn of
20th century when the cart roads were constructed into the valley, by
this time trekking and mountaineering were well under its way and it was
very common on part of British when they used to come to Kashmir on
annual vacations to take a trek in Lidder or Sindh Valleys and from
Srinagar to Gilgit or to Leh which they used to cover in about 14 stages
to engage themselves in to the sports like trekking, skiing, polo,
hunting, fishing or angling during their holidays.
In present day times the natural beauty and abundance of outdoor
activities attract a large number of adventure enthusiastic and fitness
oriented people to actively participate in mountain, water and aero
sports such as trekking, skiing, ski touring, climbing, kayaking, white
water rafting, mountain biking, Para sailing and Para gliding etc. The
vast and endless scope of adventure tourism in the J&K state is
largely because of its diverse topography and climate of its each
region, from foot hills of Jammu region to lush green valleys of Kashmir
with snow covered mountain and white water rivers and the moon land
Ladakh with some of the best mountain peaks for mountaineering sport
offers an opportunity to an adventure lover to act and go for his choice
of adventure activity, this is the area where Kashmir have an edge over
pleasure tourism as this segment of tourism is growing very fast in the
places which offer the adventure oriented activities have been
introduced and with this changing scenario in the adventure world, the
department of Kashmir tourism has developed some new areas which are
having great potential in adventure tourism in Kashmir.
Adventure tourism and adventure sports along with Eco tourism is
growing by leaps & bounds in the western counties and Europe and one
can say that they are in a close relation with each other.
The department of tourism in Kashmir is doing some good work by
developing old and new areas for adventure tourism & sport to be at
par or even ahead of other adventure tourism destinations in the world;
they have identified different types of adventure tours and requirements
needed for managing them and managing these adventure tourism
destinations and at the same time are looking for the potential selling
the adventure tours. While developing the new places with adventure
activities, in the year 2008, after a gap of almost 60 years, the
tourism department has brought one of the old tourist attractive event
of Kashmir to the fore, that is the game of Polo Sport, which was once
an event of great importance in Kashmir, by bringing back this polo
sport in the heart of Srinagar city and restoring its glory, this
princely sport is now bound to become one of the prime interests of the
tourists who are visiting Kashmir.
If given the right incentives, adventure tourism can become the
primary export-oriented industry of J&K state. The low input and the
high returns nature of this industry can make it self-sufficient for a
resources starved state and if due care and attention is given to this
industry it can work wonders for the state’s economy and development.