Gulmarg, the jewel of Jammu and Kashmir, along with its scenic companions—Tangmarg, Gurez, and Sonamarg—is now abuzz with excitement as a recent snowfall transforms the region into a mesmerizing winter paradise.
Enthusiastic visitors are enjoying the snowy enchantment, gliding down the slopes of Gulmarg. This winter spectacle harmonizes with the 40-day “Chilla-i-Kalan,” bringing a frigid wave to Kashmir, freezing temperatures, and adorning landscapes with a pristine white blanket. Immerse yourself in the enchanting scenes of tourists reveling in the fresh snow of Gulmarg amidst the embrace of “Chilla-i-Kalan.”
The recent snowfall has bestowed its grace upon the ski resorts of Gulmarg and Gurez, as well as the elevated expanses of Kupwara in north Kashmir. The Sonamarg tourist resort in the Ganderbal district has also been kissed by a fresh blanket of snow.
While the plains experienced intermittent rains, the higher reaches of Kashmir were blessed with a fresh layer of snow. Reports even mentioned snowfall along the Zojila Axis on the Srinagar-Leh Highway and in Drass, within the Ladakh Union Territory.
Diligent efforts are underway to clear vital roadways, ensuring safe passage for adventure seekers eager to explore this winter wonderland. Although the plains are cloudy, pushing minimum temperatures above freezing (Srinagar recorded a low of 3.6 degrees Celsius), the region remains a captivating destination for winter enthusiasts.
Currently gripped by the 40-day “Chilla-i-Kalan,” officially ending on January 31, Kashmir’s winter magic persists with a 20-day “Chilla-i-Khurd” (small cold) and a 10-day “Chilla-i-Bachha” (baby cold).
The ongoing snowfall has thrilled tourists across destinations like Gulmarg, Tangmarg, and Sonamarg, fashioning a picturesque winter landscape.
Travelers are advised to plan accordingly, considering potential temporary road closures in higher reaches and important passes. Farmers are also urged to take precautions during this weather system.
As night temperatures rise, daytime mercury witnesses a significant drop, promising a unique winter experience for both locals and visitors. Srinagar, Pahalgam, Qazigund, Kokernag, and Kupwara all showcase varying degrees of temperature fluctuations.
While “Chillai-Kalan” may be drawing to a close, the magic of winter in Jammu and Kashmir continues with “Chillai-Khurd” and “Chillai-Bachha,” offering more adventures and breathtaking landscapes for those seeking the thrill of the winter wonderland. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness Kashmir’s captivating transition into the magic of ending winter!