- 4 to 5 feet of snow and minus 15 degrees in Gurez area
- 123 km from Srinagar in northern Jammu and Kashmir
- A tournament was organized by Sports Cricket Club Market
Snowfall in the hills of Kashmir remains a topic of discussion these days. Playgrounds with more than 4 feet of snow have become the center of attraction for cricket game lovers these days. In the Gurez area adjacent to the Line of Control, 4 to 5 feet of snow and minus 15 degrees, the youth cricket of Kashmir is seen blooming. The youth of Gurez in the Kashmir Valley has gained attention after a snow cricket tournament was organized on a frozen ground to promote tourism in the region. The Gurez Valley is located in the High Himalayas, approximately 86 km from Bandipur and 123 km from Srinagar in northern Jammu and Kashmir.
To attract the attention of the higher authorities and reach out to more people at the national level, the tournament was organized by the youth to promote winter sports on the frozen ground at Markoot. Snow cricket has become quite popular among the locals and a tournament was organized by Sports Cricket Club Market and a total of 10 teams took part.
The remote valley has great potential for winter sports as it is covered with heavy snow, which tourism and sports authorities have so far failed to identify. Locals said that when various winter sports can be organized in Gulmarg, why can’t similar games be organized in Gurez in the winter months as the region has a lot of potential.
The Gurez Valley on the Line of Control witnesses heavy snowfall during the winter season and remains cut off from the rest of the valley and the outside world for more than six months due to the closure of the Bandipora-Gurez road.
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