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Updated December 25th, 2023 at 17:46 IST

Winter Wonderland Gulmarg beckons adventure enthusiasts to snowy delight ahead of New Year 2024

Orchestrated by tourism authorities, the winter carnival has emerged as a central attraction.

Zeenat Zeeshan Fazil
Winter Wonderland Gulmarg
Winter Wonderland Gulmarg beckons adventure enthusiasts to snowy delight ahead of New Year 2024 | Image:Tourism Department, Kashmir
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Amidst the majestic Himalayan landscapes, Gulmarg has evolved into a snow-laden paradise, magnetising the tourists with its enchanting winter carnival and New Year celebrations. Adorned in a glistening mantle of snow, this renowned ski resort has transformed into an idyllic scene, a captivating vista that beckons travelers to immerse themselves in the joys of the holiday season. Orchestrated by tourism authorities, the winter carnival has emerged as a central attraction, alluring both residents and visitors alike to partake in its festivities.

Set against the snowy backdrop of Gulmarg, the historic St. Mary’s Church, a Victorian architectural gem erected in the early 20th century, served as the gracious host for a poignant Christmas celebration. Under the guidance of Father Eric and Father Venoo, the Christian community congregated at St. Mary’s Church, embracing a heartfelt Christmas prayer session. The church's sturdy stone walls, tiled roof, and ornate wooden adornments contributed to an awe-inspiring ambiance, resonating with blessings for the valley's prosperity and the promise of a serene year ahead.

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Father Eric, addressing the congregation, said, “As we gather in the warmth of this sacred space, let us pray for peace to descend upon this valley. May the spirit of Christmas bring joy and harmony to every heart." Among the congregants, Ranee, a devotee said, “The snow-clad church stands as a symbol of purity, much like the prayers we offer. May the divine grace fill our lives with hope and happiness, just as the snow blankets the earth in serene white." 

Gulmarg’s renowned ski slopes and snow-covered meadows attracted adventure enthusiasts from around the globe every year. Skiers and snowboarders carved their way down the slopes, leaving behind a trail of excitement and laughter. Gulmarg Gondola, one of the highest cable cars in the world, provided panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks, adding to the awe-inspiring beauty of the region. Local hotels and resorts embraced the festive season with themed decorations and special holiday packages. Guests enjoyed cosy evenings by the fireplace, sipping hot coffee and indulging in scrumptious local cuisine ‘Wazwan’. As the countdown to the New Year 2024 began, anticipation filled the air. ‘Gulmarg bowl’ has transformed into an open-air celebration venue with live music and dance performances.

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(Picture courtesy: Tourism Department, Kashmir)

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Published December 25th, 2023 at 17:46 IST

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