Watch video: Gulmarg receives season’s first snowfall


Gulmarg:Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday received the first snowfall of the season with several parts of the Valley covered in thick white snow.

Baramulla district’s Gulmarg town, known for its scening beauty and resorts, received the season’s first snowfall, triggering hope that tourism will kick off in the Valley, three months after strict clampdown was imposed and tourists were asked to leave following the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5.

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There are already a huge number of tourists in Gubarg who enjoyed the view and played with the season’s first snow.

“I was a little afraid before coming here. But here I see everything is normal. We enjoyed a lot. Will come with my family next year,” a tourist from Odisha said.


The tourism industry suffered a huge blow earlier this year as tourists were advised to leave by the state administration. With Jammu and Kashmir becoming a Union Territory and normalcy returning to the Valley, tour operators hope to make up for the lost time.

“This snow is a gift from the almighty as we suffered a huge loss this summer. I hope the winter season is better. With the first snow, there is some hope. There is a rise in number of tourism-related queries since morning,” travel agent Hafiz Shala said.