Gulmarg (Jammu and Kashmir), Jan. 1 -- : The tourism department in Jammu and Kashmir's Gulmarg district welcomed the New Year with joyful celebrations and merry-making on Thursday with musical performances by several artists from across the Union Territory.

The new year brought with it several tourists and visitors, shining a ray of hope for the district's tourism industry after several months of stagnation due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

"2020 has been a challenging year for us. Gulmarg is jam-packed with tourists right now, so much so that many people are not getting lodging facilities," says RJ Rafiq who performed at a new year event in the district.

He further said that the arrival of tourists brought hope for the coming yea...