Stage set for gala events at Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonmarg on New Year


Local artists Aabha Hanjura, Ishfaq Adil Gurezi, IBM band to enthrall tourists, locals


Srinagar, Dec 29  : Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department is all set to host a mega New Year celebration in Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonmarg to ring in 2024 with grandeur.

This year, the department has roped in the local celebrities of Kashmir to enthral tourists and locals in all these three picturesque designations.

In Gulmarg, which is the spotlight for New Year celebrations, Kashmiri celebrated singer Aabha Hanjura, Adil Gurezi and Afaq Shafi are going to perform at the Golf Course.

“The department of tourism has invited me to the beautiful valley of Kashmir. I will be performing with my band on 31st of December to celebrate new Year with all of you,” said Hukus Bukus fame Aabha Hanjura in a promotional video, as per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO).

Adil Gurezi who shot to fame after singing Dupt’e Nyunem Dal ki Wawan, said he too is excited to perform on New Year in Gulmarg.

“I am super excited to perform on 31st December at Gulmarg,” he said. the promotional video.

Afaq Shafi, who recently made it in the audition of Indian Idol too will perform at Gulmarg to enthrall visitors.

Pertinently, Gulmarg is completely sold out on New Year with hotels reported 100 percent occupancy.

On New Year eve, the department would hold laser sound and light shows apart from the musical night at Gulmarg.

Apart from the department, the hoteliers too have made special arrangements of gala dinners and musical nights for the tourists in Gulmarg and Pahalgam.

At Pahalgam, Kashmiri singers, Ishfaq Kawa, IBM Band, Rasik and Kohinoor band will perform at Pahalgam club on December 31 to mark the beginning of new year.

The spotlight of the show will be the IBM- Irfan, Bilal and Mehmeet, who have been touring the world to promote Kashmir music.

At Sonmarg, which will remain through for tourists this winter, the celebration of New Year has also been planned by the tourism department.

In addition to live music, ice skating is scheduled to captivate both tourists and locals visiting the destination.

An official of the tourism department said these events have been scheduled given the rush of tourists on New Year eve.

“Scores of tourists have visited the valley to celebrate New Year. These events are expected to be a testament to the resilience and spirit of the region, inviting travellers to experience the unparalleled beauty of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said—(KNO) 

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