Winter sports to kick-off in Kashmir on Christmas eve

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Srinagar, Dec 16 (UNI) Winter sports would commence at the world famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir on the Christmas eve with the inauguration of a snow festival, officials said today.

The Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department would organise the winter sports activities.

''This year, we are organising a lot of sports activities in Gulmarg such as night ice-skating, snow making competition, sledge races, snow scooter races, skiing and snow rugby,'' they said.

The officials further said the Tourism Department would also organise National Winter Games and International Cross Country Skiing race from February 17 next year.

Last year, Gulmarg witnessed a record number of foreign tourists during the winter months, they said and expressed the hope that the number would witness a significant rise this year.

''Gulmarg is one of the famous and cheap destinations for skiers and other winter sports lovers. Besides winter sports, tourists can enjoy the snowy beauty of the Kashmir valley,'' the officials said.


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