After Igloo cafe, snow sculpture of Taj Mahal new attraction in Gulmarg

After the igloo cafe, supposedly the largest in the world, a snow sculpture of the Taj Mahal has become the latest tourist attraction in the famous ski resort of Gulmarg, in Baramulla district, north Kashmir.

Taj Mahal was built in Agra by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in memory of his wife with construction beginning in 1632 AD and completed in 1648 AD. It is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the right bank of the Yamuna River in Agra and is listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

The snow-created structure emerged after 17 days of hard work by members of a local hotel amid sub-zero temperatures. It has become a latest attraction for tourists visiting Gulmarg, who have seen Igloos and snowmobiles in the quaint tourist resort before.

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“The Taj Mahal is a symbol of love and we created its sculpture from frozen snow in Gulmarg out of love for the tourists who visit the place,” a hotel employee told DH.

The sculpture measuring 24 feet by 24 by 16 feet high was created without any professional assistance and has become memorable for visitors. Despite the third wave of Covid-19 in January, Gulmarg is experiencing a massive influx of tourists this winter.

Hundreds of tourists were seen taking selfies in front of the sculpture, with some of them sharing videos with friends and relatives.

“It is amazing and mesmerizing. The snow adds more to the beauty of Kashmir and such carvings are mesmerizing. This is my first time seeing a snow-capped Taj Mahal which is mesmerizing and attractive,” said Sudarshan, a tourist from Delhi.

He said he was bringing a message from the people of Kashmir to the people of the rest of the country.

“Kashmir is heaven on earth and the people of Kashmir are hospitable, loving and caring. People across the country and the world, who want to visit here, should come without any fear. This place is peaceful and not as projected by the media,” Sudarshan added.

His view was echoed by Pooja, a tourist from Mumbai. “I spent quality time with my family in Gulmarg and Srinagar. When we planned our visit a few months ago, there were some initial hesitations. But after coming here, we are all happy that this visit was memorable,” she said.

Previously, the first Igloo Café in Kashmir was built by the management of the Kolahoie ski resort. With a height of 37.5 feet and a diameter of 44.5 feet, Syed Wasim Shah, creator of the Igloo, claimed it was the largest cafe of its kind in the world. The cafe has also become a center of attraction for tourists who flock to the ski resort.

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