Recent snowfall brings tourism proper on observe in Kashmir
Snow Carnival can be held from Jan 21 to Feb 5 this 12 months
Recent snowfall within the higher reaches of Kashmir, together with the vacationer resort of Gulmarg, has actually come as a boon from the heavens for winter sports activities and tourism-related actions within the Valley, with the Tourism Division making preparations for internet hosting a ‘Snow Carnival’ later this month.
The carnival, which is organised by the Tourism Division yearly at Gulmarg resort, was scheduled to be held within the first week of January however a chronic dry spell throughout Kashmir and scant snowfall at Gulmarg this winter virtually dashed all hopes of holding the occasion this season.
“It has been snowing in Gulmarg because the wee hours in the present day and if it continues for the subsequent 48 hours, as has been forecast, we will be capable to manage much more snow-based actions throughout the coming Snow Carnival,” Deputy Director Tourism Division Peerzada Zahoor informed PTI.
Zahoor mentioned the carnival can be held from January 21 to February 5 this 12 months.
The tourism division is planning a variety of actions for wooing vacationers to Gulmarg throughout the carnival, which has been successful with the guests previously, he mentioned.
“We could have ice hockey, snow boarding, snow sledging, snowball battle competitors and portray competitions throughout the carnival,” the official mentioned.
He mentioned Tourism Division may even organise a ‘night time bazaar’ (market) and cultural reveals on the Gulmarg bowl in order that the vacationers have a wider vary of actions to select from.
“If the snow accumulation is within the vary of 4 to 5 toes, we may even add snow snowboarding to the occasions of the carnival,” Zahoor mentioned.
Folks related to tourism and journey commerce in Kashmir are hopeful good spell of snowfall will assist them tide over a part of the losses suffered throughout the summer season unrest within the Valley.
“The tourism associated actions got here to a standstill post-July because of the unrest in Kashmir. Because the scenario is getting again to regular, we hope the vacationers will go to this winter to take pleasure in snowfall,” Mohammad Shoaib, a journey agent, mentioned.
He mentioned low airfares to and from Kashmir must also appeal to extra vacationers to go to the valley.
Recent snowfall in Gulmarg and different increased reaches of Kashmir began this morning whereas many elements of the valley had been lashed by gentle to average rainfall.
The weatherman has forecast moist climate together with gentle to average snowfall over the subsequent three days in Kashmir.