Baramulla: Despite freezing temperatures thousands of people celebrated arrival of New Year in tourist resort Gulmarg on Sunday night.
People rushed to Gulmarg with friends and family members to spend the last night of 2017 on the snow-covered slopes. Hotels decorated with colourful lights had kept music arrangements at many places.
“The hotels were packed to capacity. All the hotels and huts were booked by the people in advance. Hundreds of people spent the night in open while some spent the night in their vehicles,” Sajad Ahmad, a Srinagar resident said.
Jahangir Ahmad, manager of Hotel Sahara said that all the rooms at his hotel were booked by people in advance. He said that even the rooms meant for hotel staff were occupied by guests.
Sources said that a large number of people who could not get rooms at Gulmarg drove back to Tangmarg and Srinagar late in the night.