Two-day winter carnival begins at Aharbal to boost tourism in Kulgam

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DIG, DC kick starts event from snow covered Aharbal; flags-off trekkers group, inaugurates multiple Snow games; Multiple stalls were also installed by various departments; local traditions and culture were also displayed in stalls; students from various schools participated in various competition

Tourism destinations in Kulgam has huge potential to attract tourists which needs to be fully exploited; 2 Lakh tourists visited Kulgam in 2022, says DC Kulgam

Kulgam, Feb 16: A Two- day winter carnival, to showcase the beauty of Kulgam for its recreational and adventure potential begins today with a colourful start from the Snow-covered Aharbal tourist destination in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

The district administration organized the event in collaboration with Aharbal Development Authority, Tourism Department, and Forest Division Kulgam. There were also snow games at this event, such as snow rugby, snow volleyball, snow runs for peace, snow skiing, and tug-of-war. This was the second time any of these games had been held in Aharbal.

Tourism at Aharbal tourist spot, which is also famous for its waterfall, will be improved as a result of this step taken by the administration. Everyone was looking forward to these games. Kulgam local says, “This is very encouraging and promising from the government. The tourism sector is an emerging and potential one. There are many beautiful places other than Gulmarg that need to be explored.”

The event was attended by DIG South Kashmir Rayees Mohammad Bhat, DDC Chairperson, Mohd Afzal Parrey, SSP Kulgam Sahil Sarangal (IPS), DDC members and local people and sports persons and officers from civil and Police administration.

Speaking on the occasion, DC said that the tourism destination in Kulgam has huge potential to attract tourists which needs to be fully exploited.

He also added that facilities are being developed at various unexplored tourism destinations to provide much wider choice to the tourists.

Bhat, while praising the beauty of Aharbal and other unexplored destinations of Kulgam, urged the tourists to visit these areas.

DC said that the initiative of organizing this winter carnival is to promote winter tourism activities in unexplored scenic places, destinations of the district and to boost the tourism sector in Kulgam. adding that Two Lakh tourists visited Aharbal in 2022.

Snow games which were inaugurated and played today at Aharbal include Snow Rugby, Snow Volleyball, Snow Runs for peace, Snow skiing, Tug of war etc and such Snow events/games were carried out here in Aharbal.

Gender neutral games also included multiple Snow games viz. Snow Volleyball, Tug of War etc and gained attention and appreciation of people at large.


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