Kashmir’s first Igloo Café in the ski resort of Gulmarg is attracting widespread attention. 22 feet wide and 13 feet high from inside the Igloo Café can accommodate 16 people at a time. According to the Cafe owner Wasim Shah, it took 15 days to build what he describes as Asia’s largest Igloo.
Beyond the captivating photo-op gusto, the life on the iconic Dal Lake is shuddering with bone-numbing cold at the moment. Fabled bids on the frozen surface apart, the water-borne natives are currently coping with the harshest winter they’ve witnessed in years.
When a friend-turned-fiend committed a brute crime in Srinagar’s Khanyar area on December 11, the sensational stabbing shocked the snowbound valley and started the otherwise shrugged conversation about the felonry in Kashmir.
A major portion of Kashmir’s famous Dal Lake and several other water bodies froze on Thursday as the cold wave in the valley continued with Srinagar recording the coldest night in 30 years, officials said here.
Beyond the dreamy picture created by the merrymaking sightseers and tourists in snowbound Kashmir, the natives had to endure another hostile winter bereft of basic facilities.
A blanket of snow covered Kashmir on Sunday as most areas received moderate snowfall, cutting the valley’s surface as well as air connection with the rest of the country, officials said.
Away from the shoreline decorated with Mughal Gardens and a front lined with houseboats, the Dal Lake houses hundreds of families, most of whom make their living from fishing and farming. The arrival of the winter like always means an increase in the hardships for them.
Kashmir Observer spoke to experts who analyse the poll results in context of Kashmir politics. Among other things, they deconstruct the current Lotus-Article political complex in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Watch how the ophthalmologists in Kashmir are gaining both confidence and acceptance from the people for using newer technology and performing advanced treatments that people would earlier seek from other states.
Watch the story of an all girls Sufi music group of Kashmir which defied the gender specifications and carved out a unique space for women in the traditional Sufiyana mousiqi of Kashmir; that has for generations been dominated by men.