Three-day snow festival to be held in valleys of Pakistan’s Galiyat region

World Faizah Kamal 26-Jan-2020
Pakistan snow festival
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Pakistan’s Galiyat Development Authority (GDA) has finalised the preparations for holding a three-day snow festival in the various valleys of the region in the coming week to promote winter sports and adventure tourism in the country.

“The first-ever multi-locational snow festival will start at Galiyat from January 31 to boost the tourism activities in the province under the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan,” the GDA spokesman told the news agency Associated Press of Pakistan January 26.

The event was aimed at promoting the country’s Galiyat region as a tourist resort for the entire year, as usually tourists only visited the region in specific tourism seasons.

The GDA spokesman said a number of games and competitions had been arranged for the tourists to participate in, including skiing, sculpture making, graffiti, tug of war, ice football, archery, snow tubing, V-log and photography competitions.

He mentioned that there would be stalls and motorbike and jeep rallies had also been arranged at Nathia Gali, Donga Gali and Ayubia, on February 1 and 2, adding that the jeep rally would start at Kuza Gali and finish at Nathia Gali.

The spokesman said that cultural and food stalls would be set up to showcase the unique culture and splendid cuisine of the area.

“The basic concept of snow festival is to draw tourists from across the world for winter sports at Galyat,” he remarked.

Galyat is the one of most visited tourist sites in Pakistan. It is located in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and it is elevated approximately 8,000 feet (2,400 m) above sea level.