Published on : Tuesday, October 17, 2017
The state government was really working hard to revitalize Gulmarg in north Kashmir and establish it as the “main attraction” for the visitors coming in the winters, a senior official said.
The events which have been planned at Gulmarg include ice-staking camps, ski and snowboarding championships, and a snow festival, explained Director, Tourism, Kashmir, Mahmood Ahmad Shah.
“We are also focusing on autumn but we have no other option other than promoting tourism during the winter in a big way,” Shah told The Tribune. He expressed that the department was expecting that winter season would attract domestic as well as international tourists to the region.
From next month onward, the winter season in Kashmir will start and is probably to continue for four months. The main time for this season would be from December till January when Gulmarg gets heavy snowfall, turning into an ideal resort for all types of winter sports along with skiing.
Ever since July 2016, the tourism industry of Kashmir has gone through a tough time when the killing of Burhan Wani, the militant commander triggered a wave of protests. Even though condition appeared much better as the agitation subsided December last year, its aftermath continued into the next year as sporadic protests and attacks of the militants continued.
“Tourists visit Gulmarg in good numbers as soon as it snows here and for that we need to be prepared. We will organise all snow sports activities which is essential for the promotion of Gulmarg as a winter sports destination,” Shah said.