GULMARG, OCT 29 – The Gulmarg Festival 2022 aimed at providing a major boost to the tourism sector of Jammu and Kashmir commenced yesterday. The first day of the two day mega event conducted by the Dagger Division of Indian Army in collaboration with Jammu and Kashmir tourism department witnessed a glittering opening ceremony encompassing a wide array of activities showcasing various facets of Gulmarg as a premier tourist destination along with the immense talent of Kashmiri youth in all it’s grandeur.
The day witnessed numerous sports and adventure activities such as Mini Marathon, Pony Race, Hot Air Balloon display, Hiking and Tiranga Rally on ATV. In addition, the sequence of events also included high octane cultural performances by local artists and display of state of the art craft work by local craftsmen of the valley. Maj Gen Ajay Chandpuria, GOC Dagger Division inaugurated the event at the venue appealing the crowd and said that Gulmarg is a region with scenic natural beauty, rich tradition and cultural heritage and also urged the younger generation to uphold the same with pride. He also added that there is an urgent need to effectively harness the tourism potential of the area and mould it as a prime round the year tourist hub of India. He also admired the talent of local Kashmiri artists who conquered the stage with their mesmerizing performance. The event also attracted an enormous influx of tourists from all over the country who participated with much enthusiasm and fervour.