Sonmarg remains closed for the visitors this winter

Published on : Tuesday, December 26, 2017

indexDuring this winter, the tourism department of Kashmir has failed to make certain that Sonamarg, one of the famous tourist resorts of the state will remain open.

As per the tourism players and tourists coming to Sonamarg at this time of the year, the tourist resort could turn into a preferred tourism destination for the winters in Kashmir provided the place gets proper promotion and necessary facilities are put in place.

Many tourists, who expressed their views to Greater Kashmir at Gagangeer, just a few miles away from Sonamarg, stated that they had to return to Srinagar as the road to Sonamarg is closed.

The road has been closed due to massive snowfall and chances are slim that the road might be opened for the winter months.

“We wanted to visit Sonamarg to enjoy snow here. We had heard a lot about this tourist resort, about its peaks and glaciers, but we are saddened to return back without seeing it because of the road closure,” said a group of tourists from Maharashtra.

During summers, Sonamarg remains crowded with local along with incoming tourists.


Nonetheless, the government didn’t take much effort to make sure that the road connecting to Sonamarg remains open for the visitors during winters and keep a tab that necessary facilities are introduced and maintained here to promote winter tourism.
“We had been to Sonamarg twice during summers earlier, but this time we wanted to be here during winters. But we are unable to proceed due to the road closure,” said another group of tourists from Gujarat.

They mentioned their disgust that an amazing place has not been developed over the years.

“The place seems to lack even basic facilities. Even here (at Gagangeer), there are no restaurants; even there are no toilets around,” they said.


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