Snowfall in Gulmarg brings cheer to tourists

January 8th, 2009 - 10:04 pm ICT by ANI  

Gulmarg (Jammu and Kashmir), Jan.8 (ANI): Tourists are thronging Gulmarg to revel in its famous snow clad slopes.
Trees, buildings, roads, are all covered in white with snow flakes occasionally falling adding to the joyous atmosphere around.
Tourists from the hot Indian plains are thrilled to see the snowfall, some of them experiencing it for the first time, of course a life time experience for them.
“It seems like heaven everywhere here. I would like to request all the tourists that they should come and see the paradise on earth here,” said Manoj Sharma, a tourist.
Foreign tourists are also thronging the snow-clad Gulmarg to make merry on its snowy slopes and were all praise for the people around.
“We would like to invite every Indian to come to Gulmarg. It’’s very nice place and you will enjoy life. The thing is thatactually what you have seen before not only the snow, the place, the people, the culture it’’s very nice over here,” said Dinesh Patel, a foreign tourist.
Singing, dancing and playing in the snow, the tourists also tried to ski and sledge around on the snow.
About two to three feet deep snowfall in the ski resort has brought back cheer to the tourism industry as well.
“Since it started snowing here, a lot of tourists have started coming here. Wherever you see tourists in Gulmarg they make snowman and play in snow. Then they walk on sledge and get involved in snow sports like skiing,” said G M Dar, tourism in-charge, Gulmarg.
Gulmarg is a well known tourist destination for winter activities such as snow boarding, sledge rides, gondola (cable car) and snow skiing.
The tourism authorities of the state are trying their best to woo back snow sport enthusiasts. The gentle slopes in Gulmarg make it the Asia’’s only heli-skiing resort. (ANI)

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