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Snow-clad meadows fill Gulmarg with tourists again

The heavy influx of tourists is a dramatic change for the tourism industry in Kashmir, which faced double whammy of the Covid-19 and harsh curbs on civil rights India imposed in the region on August 5, 2019.

January 19, 2021 / 02:33 PM IST
Snow lies knee-deep in the pastoral town of Gulmarg, or “meadow of flowers,” on Kashmir's high plateau. With its blanket of white, the idyllic hill station is seeing tourists again fill its hotels and ski, sledge and trek its Himalayan landscape. (Image: AP)
Snow lies knee-deep in the pastoral town of Gulmarg, or “meadow of flowers,” on Kashmir's high plateau. With its blanket of white, the idyllic hill station is seeing tourists again fill its hotels and ski, sledge and trek its Himalayan landscape. (Image: AP)
Trees are covered with hoar-frost on a cold day in Gulmarg, northwest of Srinagar, Kashmir on January 11. (Image: AP)
Trees are covered with hoar-frost on a cold day in Gulmarg, northwest of Srinagar, Kashmir on January 11. (Image: AP)
A Kashmiri tour operator carries luggage of a tourist as he walks toward a hotel at Gulmarg, northwest of Srinagar, Kashmir, January 9. Snow this winter has brought along with it thousands of locals and tourists to Indian-controlled Kashmir's high plateau, pastoral Gulmarg, which translates as “meadow of flowers." (Image: AP)
A Kashmiri tour operator carries luggage of a tourist as he walks toward a hotel at Gulmarg, northwest of Srinagar, Kashmir, on January 9. Snow this winter has brought along with it thousands of locals and tourists to Indian-controlled Kashmir's high plateau, pastoral Gulmarg, which translates as “meadow of flowers." (Image: AP)
The heavy influx of tourists is a dramatic change for the tourism industry in Kashmir, which faced the double whammy of the coronavirus pandemic and harsh curbs on civil rights India imposed in the region in August 2019. (Image: AP)
The heavy influx of tourists is a dramatic change for the tourism industry in Kashmir, which faced the double whammy of the coronavirus pandemic and harsh curbs on civil rights India imposed in the region in August 2019. (Image: AP)
Indian tourists and locals ski on a slope in Gulmarg, northwest of Srinagar, Kashmir on January 11. (Image: AP)
Indian tourists and locals ski on a slope in Gulmarg, northwest of Srinagar, Kashmir on January 11. (Image: AP)
Gulmarg was developed as a resort by the British nearly a century ago, and the region's eternal appeal with foreign visitors has made it a year-round destination. In summer, tourists meander through meadows, ravines and evergreen-forested valleys. In winter, they snowboard and trek on Asia’s largest ski terrain. (Image: AP)
Gulmarg was developed as a resort by the British nearly a century ago, and the region's eternal appeal with foreign visitors has made it a year-round destination. In summer, tourists meander through meadows, ravines and evergreen-forested valleys. In winter, they snowboard and trek on Asia’s largest ski terrain. (Image: AP)
The 2019 end of Kashmir's semi-autonomous status and an unprecedented security clampdown morphed Gulmarg into a ghost town, an illustration of the region's economic ruin. The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries pegged the economic losses in the region at $5.3 billion and about half a million jobs lost till August last year. (Image: AP)
The 2019 end of Kashmir's semi-autonomous status and an unprecedented security clampdown morphed Gulmarg into a ghost town, an illustration of the region's economic ruin. The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries pegged the economic losses in the region at $5.3 billion and about half a million jobs lost till August last year. (Image: AP)
But worse was yet to come. Last March, Indian authorities enforced a harsh lockdown to combat the coronavirus, all but halting foreign travel. (Image: AP)
But worse was yet to come. Last March, Indian authorities enforced a harsh lockdown to combat the coronavirus, all but halting foreign travel. (Image: AP)
The pandemic, however, made Indians reconsider their own vacations. Once snow coated the hill station last month, they decided to travel to Gulmarg when otherwise they might have gone abroad. And for the first time in 15 months, hotels are sold out till the end of February. (Image: AP)
The pandemic, however, made Indians reconsider their own vacations. Once snow coated the hill station last month, they decided to travel to Gulmarg when otherwise they might have gone abroad. And for the first time in 15 months, hotels are sold out till the end of February. (Image: AP)
Tourists from Holland ski down a slope as fog engulfs the background in Gulmarg, northwest of Srinagar, Kashmir on January 11. (Image: AP)
Tourists from Holland ski down a slope as fog engulfs the background in Gulmarg, northwest of Srinagar, Kashmir on January 11. (Image: AP)
Indian tourists walk on a snow covered road in Gulmarg, northwest of Srinagar, Kashmir on January 11. (Image: AP)
Indian tourists walk on a snow-covered road in Gulmarg, northwest of Srinagar, Kashmir on January 11. (Image: AP)
Skiers' tracks crisscross the slopes in Afarwat, Gulmarg, northwest of Srinagar, Kashmir, January 10. (Image: AP)
Skiers' tracks crisscross the slopes in Afarwat, Gulmarg, northwest of Srinagar, Kashmir, January 10. (Image: AP)
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