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Kashmir Witnesses Fresh Snowfall in Several Areas including Sonmarg, Gulmarg and Gurez Valley

Fresh snowfall in Kashmir is reported as the mercury drops to the freezing point in several areas on Sunday, January 8th. Reportedly, this fresh snowfall in Kashmir Valley including Sonmarg, Gulmarg and Pahalgam, the popular winter resorts provides a slight relief from the severe cold. Snowfall in Gurez Valley, the famous tourist attraction perched at a height of 2,400 metres amidst snow-capped mountains, has also been reported as almost the entire Kashmir Valley receives fresh snowfall yesterday.

The meteorological department, MeT, has already mentioned the snowfall prediction at many places in the higher altitude the day before and the department also said that many places in the plains would also receive moderate amounts on Sunday evening.

As you already know, Kashmir is presently under the phase called ‘Chilla-i-Kalan’ which is the local name for the 40 days of intense cold. It starts on December 21 and ends on January 30, then followed by a 20-day long ‘Chilla-i-Khurd’ and 10-day long ‘Chilla-i-Bachha,’ periods of small cold and baby cold, respectively. However, it is worth mentioning that ‘Chilla-i-Kalan’ is the best time for snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir and the valley witnesses a record number of tourists as well as snow sports lovers during this time.

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Speaking of snow sports, as per reports published on January 8th, Sunday, Gulmarg will host the third edition of Khelo India Winter Games, 2023 in the Baramulla District from February 10 to 14. And, snowfall in Gulmarg has already brought happiness to around 2,000 winter sports enthusiasts who are participating in the event from all over the country. Moreover, there are predictions for heavy snowfall in Gulmarg and the announcement has brought joy to tourism officials as well as ski enthusiasts.

Apart from Gulmarg, there are reports of snowfall in Srinagar, Pahalgam, Gurez Valley, Sonmarg, Qazigund and several places. The MeT Department said that though the weather will remain cloudy for the next few days, there are chances of light-to-moderate snowfall in Sonmarg and other areas.

Jammu Kashmir News Inputs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much snowfall does Kashmir typically receive in the winter season?

Kashmir Valley typically receives around 120 cm of snow on average during December, January and February.

Can I visit Kashmir during the snowfall season?

Winter, aka the snowfall season from December to February, is one of the best seasons to visit Kashmir.

Are the roads in Kashmir safe to travel on during the snowfall season?

The roads in Kashmir, especially in the tourist spots are safe to travel with a local during the snowfall season.

Are there any festivals or events held in Kashmir during the snowfall season?

Winter Carnival in December on the first day of ‘Chilla-i-Kalan’ and Khelo India Winter Games in February, are held in Kashmir during the snowfall season.

Is it possible to do trekking or hiking in the mountains during the snowfall season in Kashmir?

Yes, you can experience snow camping, hiking and trekking in the mountains during the snowfall season in some parts of Kashmir.

Published: 09 Jan, 2023

About the author

Nandini Bhattacharya

From the ‘City of Joy,’ Kolkata, Nandini Bhattacharya is a Travel Writer by profession and traveller by passion. She loves to explore places around the world, new cultures, different cuisines and all new things that one can learn outside the home. She also loves to document her journey so that people can be inspired and travel more. Nandini is a nature lover and talks about sustainable tourism. She wants to make this world a good place where people can live healthy and happily.