Light Snowfall Delights Tourists in Gulmarg, Breaking Two-Month Dry Spell

Light Snowfall Delights Tourists in Gulmarg

The picturesque town of Gulmarg in Kashmir experienced a light snowfall on the morning of January 26, bringing delight to tourists and breaking a two-month-long dry spell in the charming town. The unexpected snowfall covered the land of Gulmarg in layers of snow, creating a stunning winter wonderland.

Several parts of Kashmir also received light snowfall on Friday, bringing an end to the two-month-long dry spell that had gripped the region. The snowfall was reported from Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Gurez, Macchil, Karnah Doodpathri, and Shopian areas of the valley, and it was going on intermittently, according to officials.

Before daybreak, there was a slight drizzle in some parts of Srinagar city, but bright sunshine followed after dawn. Srinagar city recorded a minimum temperature of minus 0.5 degrees Celsius on Thursday night, which was three degrees higher than the previous night’s temperature of minus 3.6 degrees Celsius, as reported by officials.

Pahalgam, located in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district and serving as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 0.4 degrees Celsius. Qazigund town in south Kashmir recorded a low of 0.2 degrees Celsius, while the famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 3.7 degrees Celsius.

The snowfall in Gulmarg was particularly significant as it brought joy to the tourists who had been eagerly waiting for a glimpse of snow in this winter paradise. The town is known for its scenic beauty and is a popular destination for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts.

Gulmarg offers breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and lush green meadows, making it a perfect retreat for nature lovers. The unexpected snowfall added to the town’s charm, transforming it into a magical winter wonderland.

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Visitors to Gulmarg can enjoy a variety of winter activities, including skiing, snowboarding, and sledging. The fresh layer of snow provided the perfect conditions for these activities, attracting adventure seekers from all over.

Aside from Gulmarg, other areas of Kashmir also witnessed the beauty of snowfall. Pahalgam, known for its stunning landscapes and the Lidder River, was covered in a blanket of snow, creating a mesmerizing sight for visitors.

Sonamarg, another popular tourist destination in Kashmir, also experienced light snowfall, enhancing its already breathtaking scenery. The snow-capped mountains and frozen lakes of Sonamarg became even more enchanting, leaving visitors in awe of nature’s beauty.

Kokernag town recorded a minimum temperature of minus 0.1 degrees Celsius, while Kupwara recorded a minimum temperature of 2.5 degrees Celsius. There had been freezing nights and warmer-than-usual days in the valley due to a dry and mostly snowless winter in Kashmir. On some days, Srinagar was warmer than Delhi, Chandigarh, and Lucknow.

Kashmir is currently under the grip of ‘Chilla-i-Kalan’, a 40-day harsh winter period when a cold wave sweeps the region and temperatures drop considerably, leading to the freezing of water bodies as well as water in pipes. The chances of snowfall are the highest during this period, and most areas, particularly the higher reaches, receive heavy snowfall.

Gurez, Macchil, Karnah Doodpathri, and Shopian areas of the valley also received snowfall, adding to the winter charm of Kashmir. These areas are known for their natural beauty and are often visited by tourists seeking tranquility and serenity.

The weatherman has forecasted light snowfall at some places in the valley until January 31, giving visitors and locals alike the opportunity to enjoy the magical winter atmosphere a little longer. The snowfall has brought new life to the region, breaking the dry spell and creating a sense of excitement among the residents and tourists.

Overall, the light snowfall in Gulmarg and other parts of Kashmir has brought joy and delight to tourists and locals, breaking the two-month-long dry spell. The picturesque landscapes covered in snow have created a magical winter wonderland, attracting visitors from far and wide to experience the beauty of this enchanting region.

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