Gulmarg: After a prolonged dry spell, the upper reaches of the Kashmir Valley, including the renowned tourist destination and skiing haven, Gulmarg, witnessed the long-awaited arrival of snowfall, spreading joy among tourists and locals alike.
The enchanting winter landscape, adorned in pristine white, beckons visitors from across the country.Hundreds of tourists, drawn by the news of Gulmarg’s steady snowfall, flocked to the skiing hotspot, turning it into a picturesque winter wonderland.
Among them, the Anjali family, on a holiday, extended their stay to relish the rare experience of witnessing delicate snowflakes descending from the sky.”It was a rare chance for us to see the white flakes falling from the sky, so we did not want to miss it,” shared Anjali Kumar, expressing the family’s delight.
Gulmarg and its surroundings showcased an all-white spectacle with white blanket enveloping the lofty mountains and pine trees. Tourists, like Seema Devi from Uttar Pradesh, marveled at the breathtaking beauty while adapting to the chilly weather by bundling up in warm clothes.“ We were desperately waiting for snow, finally prayers got answer . Snow has made out tour in Kashmir more beautiful. It is very cold here, and we can’t leave our hotel rooms without covering our bodies with warm clothes,” Seema Devi remarked.
“We have been praying and eagerly waiting for snow like anything this year,” said Ghulam Hassan, a tea seller who expressed joy , “It is a lot of fun in Kashmir during winters. A lot of tourists coming from different parts of the country and residents are enjoying the weather.”
Ranjit Singh from Haryana, on a “delayed honeymoon,” seized the opportunity to experience the Gulmarg snowfall. “I think it was a blessing in disguise as we were able to experience snowfall,” Singh said.The fresh snowfall not only delighted tourists but also brought smiles to the faces of hoteliers, sledge ride operators, and other traders associated with the tourism industry.
Masroor Ahmad, an employee at an up market hotel, expressed hope for more snowfall in the coming days, anticipating an early start to the skiing season and increased tourist arrivals.Local shopkeepers, offering everything from daily use items to Kashmiri handicrafts, are optimistic about a bustling season.
Abdul Aziz Wani, a shopkeeper, said, “This is the first snowfall of the season, and tourists have started pouring in. The word will spread around, and more tourists will come.”The Tourism Department is gearing up for a series of events to attract more visitors over the next couple of months. Additionally, the promotion of ice hockey, ice skating events, and snowboarding is on the agenda to enhance the winter experience for both tourists and locals.