Kashmir Valley got its first snowfall of 2019 last week. The famous ski resort of Gulmarg and hill station, Pahalgam, received a few inches of snow, springing a surprise on tourists there.
The year’s first snowfall brought some respite from the chilling waves of chillai kalan, the 40- day harshest period of winter in Srinagar, as the temperature improved.
However, snowfall is not all about beauty as local residents face multiple problems, such as snapping of essential services.
For the last one week the sub-zero temperatures had led to freezing of many lakes and water bodies. In addition, the water freezing of water pipes had caused water shortages in many parts of the area.
The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, too, is closed due to snowfall and electricity has also been affected .
A photo feature by Kamran Yousuf on the year’s first snowfall in the Valley, spreading cheer among tourists and local residents, but also snapping essential services.