Night torch skiing has become a major attraction in Gulmarg, which is the best skiing destination in India, attracting tourists from all over India and abroad. The winter destination, in a new initiative, has introduced night torch skiing, in which one skis along with a torch in one's hands.
Mudasir, a skier, “If we want to find a place in the national and the international map of winter sports, we need to orgainse such kind of events every 15 days.” India is a relatively unknown country when it comes to winter sports, but Gulmarg has been known to promote such winter sports among Indians.
In fact, very few states in India have such facilities, which allow winter sports to take place, so only Gulmarg fits the bill perfectly. But the popularity of the sports cannot be overlooked as indicated by the number of tourists enjoying watching people skiing on the slopes of Gulmarg. One such tourist, Ruhi, who traveled to Gulmarg NNIS, “It is very cold here. It is a good experience. Those who come to Gulmarg during this time should not miss watching skiing. It is a once in a lifetime experience.”
Kashmir tourism has been trying its best to attract people to Gulmarg and they have been relatively successful. Talat Parvez, Director Tourism, said, “14 lakh tourists are expected this year. 12.5 lakhs have already reached. 1-2 lakhs are yet to come and touch 14 lakh tourists.” Talat also expects around 5000-6000 foreign skiers to come to Gulmarg this winter.