J&K’s Bhaderwah Winter Festival: What It Is, Dates & All You Need To Know About This 5-Day Fest

The valley's history is rich in local traditions, and the snow-capped mountains will steal your heart instantly

by Tejashee Kashyap
J&K’s Bhaderwah Winter Festival: What It Is, Dates & All You Need To Know About This 5-Day Fest

Nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Kashmir Valley, the town of Bhaderwah comes alive during the winter season. The valley’s history is rich in local traditions, and the snow-capped mountains will steal your heart instantly. Through the much-celebrated Bhaderwah Winter Festival,  the valley entices visitors from all over the world.

Cultural Extravaganza In This Winter Festival

The Bhaderwah Winter Festival will take place from December 27 to December 31. The Qilla (Bhaderwah Fort), Jae Valley, Guldanda, and Gatha Park are well-known areas where activities are planned. Cultural activities, local artist performances, music, sports, local food, and kiosks promoting local craft and culinary items will kick off the festival at Bhaderwah Fort.

On the second day, music and adventure activities including paragliding, horseback riding, zorbing, and trekking will bring the Jae Valley to life. While on the third and fourth days, skiers and snow scooter riders can enjoy skiing, music, and local cuisine at Guldanda. On the fifth day of the event, celebrity artists and singers will perform until midnight to celebrate the New Year. The Community Centre has also scheduled a parallel film festival. Here the newest Bollywood productions as well as films starring local heroes will be screened for five days. The goal of the winter festival is to attract a sizable number of visitors to provide local artists and culture a platform.

Bhaderwah, often referred to as Mini Kashmir, has a history steeped in cultural diversity and resilience. The town has been a melting pot of various civilisations. They have contributed to a unique blend of traditions that find expression during the Winter Festival.

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In Jammu & Kashmir’s Bhaderwah Valley

Situated in the Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir, Bhaderwah embraces you with its breathtaking vistas, rich cultural heritage, and vibrant traditions. The winter season transforms the valley into a snowy wonderland. This attracts enthusiasts to partake in activities like skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating.

The enchanting landscapes of Bhaderwah Valley are dotted with several tourist attractions that draw visitors from far and wide. The pristine Jai Valley, surrounded by snow-capped peaks, offers panoramic views and serves as a trekking paradise for adventure enthusiasts.

Moreover, Bhaderwah boasts a variety of other meadows and valleys with its backdrop of snow-capped mountains and undulating green slopes. Seoj Meadow’s meadows have towering mountains, with Kailash Kund, a sacred summit, to the south and a flowing river to the west. Pilgrims on the Kailash Yatra camp here in the meadow, which is referred to as Seoj Dhar locally.

When you’re there, staying in traditional wooden houses, experiencing the local way of life, and savouring the flavours of authentic Kashmiri dishes create a memorable and immersive experience. This hidden gem, nestled in the embrace of the Himalayas, invites travellers to explore its diverse terrain and immerse themselves in local traditions.

What: Bhaderwah Winter Festival
Where: Bhaderwah
Dates: Dec 27-31

Cover image credits: Canva

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