A beautiful igloo cafe opened in Jammu & Kashmir's Gulmarg has become a new tourist attraction in the Indian union territory. An igloo (snow house or snow hut) is a type of shelter built of snow.
The cafe named 'Snowglu' has been set up at the famous ski resort of Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir and is 37.5 feet tall and 44.5 feet in diameter.
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 world's largest cafe of its kind.
"I saw this concept in Switzerland few years back where they have such hotels, which are equipped with sleeping facilities as well. I thought Gulmarg sees a lot of snow and why not start this concept here," Shah said.
World's largest Igloo cafe
"It's the world's largest Igloo cafe. We have applied for the World record which is under process. The last world record is from Switzerland in 2016, we have surpassed that. It's 37.5 feet tall and 44.5 feet diameter," said Mahur, member of Igloo Cafe.
Traditional Kashmiri cuisine
"There are two sections here. One for seating and one for art space, wall carvings. We have used sheep's skin as seat covers. It took us two months to complete its construction. Visitors can enjoy traditional Kashmiri cuisine here," she added.
Delight for the tourists
The cafe, with its unique concept, is also a delight for the tourists in the union territory. "I am from Pune. I have heard that Kashmir is heaven," said Ekta, a tourist.
"I have come and have realized that the place is no less than a heaven. I am at an Igloo cafe and it is no less than a paradise. There are all facilities in an Igloo. I am grateful to the one who came up with this idea," she added.
Unique from architecture'
"I am standing at Igloo cafe. It is so beautiful that we cannot express it in words. The feeling you will have in Kashmir is incomparable," stated Swapnil Khandore, another tourist.
The tourist destinations like Gulmarg, Pahalgam are worth visiting. The whole concept of the Igloo cafe is unique from architecture to the construction of ice tables. It is really beautiful. It is difficult to create a cafe like this," Khandore added.