Several different civilisations and lifestyles have left their imprints on the culture of Kashmir as we see it today. To celebrate the multitude of hues the state has accumulated over time, not just in terms of religion but also economic activities, cuisine, natural landscapes and rituals, Kashmir festivals range from the Tulip Festival, Apple Festival, Baisakhi, Gurez Festival, Shikara Festival and one of the latest entrants, the Snow Festival.
The Snow Festival was started in 2003 to celebrate the serene snowy winters of Kashmir. It is held in the “queen of the hills” Gulmarg, already popular for its Gondola ride and skiing slopes. Typically, a two to three-day gala, the Snow Festival takes place in January, organised by the Department of Tourism, Jammu & Kashmir. The dates vary from year to year and hence need to be checked and planned for, beforehand. Since every speck of land and hill is wrapped in a white blanket of snow, Gulmarg with its unparalleled slopes, became the ideal place to host this festival. Sports like skiing, sledge-racing, snow-cycling, ice-skating, snow rugby and even snow baseball now, are hosted for tourists, thus making for a fun-filled, active family vacation. Even if you don’t participate, the events are an adrenaline riot to view and follow right upto the finale.
The best way to experience any exotic place is to visit it during festivals to see the local culture come to life. Attending the Snow Festival in Gulmarg makes for a purposeful addition to your family vacation along with other places to see in Jammu and Kashmir like Dal Lake, Mughal gardens, Tulip Garden, Old Srinagar in Srinagar, Apharwat Peak, Baba Reshi in Gulmarg, Betaab Valley, Sheshnag lake in Pahalgam and Thajiwas Glacier, Zojila Pass, Gangabal lake in Sonmarg etc. Festivals also provide a great opportunity to sample local cuisine and shopping for souvenirs.
A great plan for such an active vacation would be to plant your pivot in a good location such as the Club Mahindra’s resorts in Srinagar. The city has a large number of tourist hotspots and the Club Mahindra’s accommodation presents a wonderful opportunity to live in the beautifully crafted houseboats on the city’s landmark, Dal lake. Catch mesmerising sunrises and sunsets with your family, have easy access to shikara rides and floating markets through your unique living experience of a houseboat. Certainly, a charming choice for a memorable family holiday.
Celebrate the Snow Festival and its several exciting events by visiting Gulmarg while keeping yourself rooted in these ethnic houseboats in Srinagar at Dal Lake. As can be confirmed with Club Mahindra reviews, the stay in the houseboats combine the traditional living with high standards of comfort your family is most accustomed to. Top this with assured access to delectable Kashmiri cuisine and warm hospitality.