With beginning of new year, winter sports kick started formally at famous tourist resort Gulmarg on Monday. During the day 10 sports activities were held.
Director Tourism, Talat Parvez flagged off the various activities including sledge race, snow cycling, snow marathon, snow rugby, free style skiing and zorbing demonstration.
Celebrating the new year, the most attractive event of the snow festival was held in the evening which was followed by night skiing and cracker show late in the night.
Speaking on the occasion, director tourism said that revival of tourism in the J&K has been expedited as the number of tourists visited valley increased manifold. He said the number of tourists has gone to 13.50 lakh in the year 2012 while it was only 6 lakh in 1989.
‘’We make efforts to involve more and more youth in the different activists of tourism and winter games for which services of national and international repute coaches are being hired to make our youth professionally sound”, said Talat.
“This year Gulmarg will get fully equipped internet centre which will cater the need of tourists besides media persons,” he added.