In Pictures: World’s 'Biggest' Igloo Restaurant Opens In Gulmarg

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Skiing resort of Gulmarg is now home to an igloo café touted to be the largest in the world.

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Measuring 44.50 ft diameter with a height of 37.50 ft and 48 inch thick walls, the igloo café has tables and chairs made of ice.

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Animal hides are placed on the ice chairs to ensure thermal insulation, as per the owner.

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Fresh snow is sprayed on the igloo every day as it needs continuous maintenance. The café will remain open till mid-March.

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It took us 64 days to set up the igloo, said the hotelier Syed Waseem Shah.

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“It took 1,700 man-days to complete the igloo. Workers were engaged in double shifts with one group worked from 9 am to 4 pm and the other from 5 pm to 11 pm,” he was quoted as having said by The New Indian Express.

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The cafe can can attend 40 customers at a time.

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"The biggest Igloo so far had been set up in Switzerland and it figured in the Guinness Book of Records. It had a height of 33.8 ft with a diameter of 42.4 ft," said Mr Shah, as per the report.

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"We will contact Guinness officials to get our café recorded as the world’s biggest Igloo café," said Mr Shah.

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Gulmarg has been witnessing a huge tourist footfall for the past couple of winters.

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