Tourists flock to Mughal Road to enjoy snow

Tourists enjoying snowfall on Mughal Road in Shopian. -Excelsior/Younis
Tourists enjoying snowfall on Mughal Road in Shopian. -Excelsior/Younis

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Jan 27:For the first time, tourists are seen thronging to Mughal Road in South Kashmir’s Shopian area to enjoy the snow, which is scarce at famous tourist resorts such as Gulmarg and Sonmarg.
In the last two days, scores of tourists were seen flocking to Shopian and heading towards the road, which has an accumulation of snow, providing them with an opportunity to cherish the moment filled with snow bliss.

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One of the tourists, Shweta Chandarkar from Ahmedabad, said that she witnessed snowfall for the first time in her life, stressing that Shopian is a beautiful place that people must visit.
“I have come here on a solo trip to celebrate my birthday, and I was supposed to go back today, but when I came to know that there is snowfall in Shopian, I postponed the departure and came here to enjoy my time,” she said.
She mentioned that she went to Sonmarg and Pahalgam, “but, in snowfall and everything covered white with snow, Shopian appealed to me more; most people do not know about this place, but they must pay a visit.”
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Shopian, Tanu Shree, said that tourists can enjoy the beautiful view by walking on the Mughal Road up to Peer Ki Gali.
“We have had a good snowfall here; the Mughal road is looking really beautiful; while the traffic is not allowed, tourists can park their vehicles near the Heerpora Police Station and walk on to enjoy the view beautified by snow,” she said.
Earlier, in the absence of snow due to the prolonged dry spell, tourists were feeling disheartened at tourist resorts such as Gulmarg and Sonmarg.
However, as forecast by the MeT, Kashmir parts received snow, ending the prolonged dry spell, but the accumulation of snow has been minimal except for a few places across the Valley, now becoming points of attraction for visitors.