Cultural Events Enthral Tourists In Gulmarg On Christmas

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Tourism Dept Kick Starts Introductory Ski Courses

Srinagar: The department of tourism on Friday kick-started the first batch of ski courses and held colourful cultural events to enthral tourists at the famous hill station of Gulmarg on Christmas.

The Directorate of Tourism, Kashmir kick started the first batch of ski Courses at Gulmarg on Friday, an official spokesperson said. He said that twenty young boys drawn from various districts of the Union Territory will undergo the 7- day introductory Ski course during which the group will be introduced to the basics of Skiing.

“All the lodging & boarding and the Ski equipment is being provided free of cost by the Tourism Department. A four member Ski Instructors team will be imparting Skiing training to these beginners,” he said.

As per the official spokesperson, the Directorate of Tourism, Kashmir has drawn a weekly calendar for imparting basic skiing training to as many as 6 groups this season. Among these 6 groups, he said, two will be exclusively meant for outside J&K youth including one girls group. Another exclusive girls group will be from the UT.

“At the end of their training programme, the best three among the trainees in each of the six groups will be selected for intermediate & advance level courses,” he said.

Apart from the Tourism Department, the official spokesperson said, hundreds of boys and girls are being imparted basic ski training this season by the youth services & sports Department.

“The Indian Institute of Skiing & Mountaineering has also started various Ski training courses at Gulmarg,” he said.

Besides the launch of introductory skiing courses, the tourism department also continued to enthral tourists with festivities and cultural programmes on the festival of Christmas.

Speaking on the occasion, Assistant Director, Tourism, Dr Javed-ur Rehman said that colourful cultural events amidst skiing activities at Gulmarg are meant to entertain the tourists and introduce them to the rich culture of Kashmir.

“A grand function will be held here at Gulmarg on New Year’s Eve for which preparations are in full swing,” he added.

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