Kashmir, Jan 3, 2017: Kashmir has always been one of the major tourist spots in India. This year, with the fresh snowfall, has come as a boon for the winter sports and tourism related activities. The Tourism Department of Kashmir is making arrangement for hosting a Snow carnival at Ski-Resort in Gulmarg.
The carnival was scheduled in the first week of January but the dry spell across Kashmir almost cancelled the carnival. Now, the carnival is scheduled from 21st January to 5th February.
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The carnival is organized by the Tourism department every year at the Gulmarg resort.
The Deputy Director of Tourism Department Peerzada Zahoor told PTI, “It has been snowing in Gulmarg since the wee hours today and if it continues for the next 48 hours, as has been forecast, we shall be able to organize a lot more snow-based activities during the coming Snow Carnival.”
The tourism department has planned a wide range of activities including ice hockey, snow sledging, snowball fight competition, snowboarding and painting competitions during the carnival.
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Zahoor said that there will be a night bazaar and cultural shows so that tourists can choose from a wide range of activities. He added, “If the snow accumulation is in the range of four to five feet, we will also add snow skiing to the events of the carnival.”
People associated with tourism in Kashmir had suffered a great loss during the summer unrest. They are hoping that the carnival would help them cover up the losses.
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Mohammad Shoaib, a travel agent said, “the tourism related activities came to a standstill post-July due to the unrest in Kashmir. As the situation is getting back to normal, we hope the tourists will visit this winter to enjoy snowfall.”
Fresh snowfall started this morning in Gulmarg and other parts of Kashmir. Many parts of the valley had moderate rainfall. The weatherman forecasted that there will be light to moderate snowfall through the next three days in Kashmir.
– Prepared by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53