Talat flags off Sonamarg Snow Festival team
Srinagar, Mar 25: Director Tourism, Kashmir, Talat Parvez on Monday flagged off Sonamarg Snow Festival team from Nigeen Club here.
The event was scheduled to kick start on Sunday, but due to inclement weather it could not be held.
Pertinently, it is for the first time that such a kind of festival is being held at hitherto neglected adventure tourist destination, Sonamarg.
Sonamarg is being considered the play-field for adventure sports as the nature has gifted it with glaciers, peaks, running river and the favourable winds for aero sports. The other mountain sports like Orienteering, Mountain Running, Grass Skiing and Screen Running are also possible. It has wonderful locales for trekking and bush-walking, said, Chief Executive Officer, SDA, Muhammad Yousuf Bhat.
Fifty five adventurers are taking part in the three day long Festival. Among others the Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Ski-Touring, Snowboarding, Snow Kayaking, Snow Cycling, Mountain Running and Snow Zorbing etc would be conducted on the snow clad slopes and ridges at Sonamarg.
The festival will be organized under the supervision of ex-adventure Coach of Kashmir University, Muhammad Yusuf, who has been promoting adventure sports in the valley for last 35 years.
The festival is being organized jointly by the Sonamarg Development Authority, Tourism Department and Adventure Club (International Youth Hostel). The International Youth Hostel is government property but is outsourced to a private party.
The adventure Club that is attached to it, has been promoting different adventure tourism related activities since last year. It organized many adventure camps for the local school and college going students including one for Govt. Women’s College, MA Road, Women’s College Nawakadal and Islamia College. In his address, the Director Tourism assured his full cooperation to the Adventure Club in its endeavors.
He also promised them that some ski equipment would be kept available at Sonamarg for use of the enthusiasts as also will available at Patnitop, Gurez and some other places where skiing is possible.
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