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Much awaited snowfall

This snowfall has brought smiles to a million faces
12:00 AM Feb 05, 2024 IST | Mohammad Hanief
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The much-awaited snowfall has brought cheer to the people of the Kashmir. Most parts of Kashmir, mainly plains, received season's first snowfall as winter's harshest period - Chillai Kalan - went snowless. Late Wednesday night snowfall, in plains including Srinagar, brought cheer to people and caught them by surprise with netizens sharing videos and photos on various social media sites expressing joy.

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Kashmir in winter is a breathtakingly beautiful destination. The snow capped mountains and frozen lakes create a stunning backdrop against clear blue skies, which makes it a perfect destination for winter lovers.

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Kashmir in winter evolves as a bustling hub for winter sports, making it a must-visit winter destination. There are a plethora of places to visit in Kashmir during winters, and each of them offers something unique. Snow-draped mountains create the perfect backdrop for ancient shrines, frozen lakes beckon adventurers for a chilly walk, and the bare Chinar trees stand as silent sentinels of the changing seasons. Every nook and corner of Jammu and Kashmir in winter holds a story waiting to be discovered.

While the views alone can leave one spellbound, there’s no shortage of things to do in Kashmir during colder months. From thrilling snow sports to savouring traditional Kashmiri winter dishes, there’s something for every traveler’s taste.

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The "snowless" winter had brought disappointment to locals and tourists alike. This snowfall, however, brought Kashmir alive, ending the longest dry spell in the plains as most parts received season's first snowfall.

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The absence of snow at major tourist attractions and other parts of Kashmir had also disappointed tourists with many cancelling their planned trips. The fresh snowfall has infused new life, turning Kashmir Valley into white picturesque landscape.

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Tourist destinations such as Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg are bustling with visitors, including children, who are enjoying the snowy landscapes.

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The recent snowfall marks a significant shift from the snow drought experienced earlier this winter, which had raised concerns about the local ecology and livelihoods. With this snowfall, there is renewed hope for the region's agriculture, water resources, and economic activities dependent on winter tourism.

Winter in Kashmir transforms the valley into a magical realm adorned with pristine snow. The landscape, veiled in white, captivates with its ethereal beauty. This season, from November to February, is marked by bone-chilling temperatures, often reaching sub-zero levels. Yet, the Kashmiris embrace the cold with warmth in their hearts. Kashmir captivates visitors with its natural and cultural richness as it remains an enchanting destination.

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