Lolab Mela culminates at Chandigam
Wasim Majnoon Mir
Kupwara: The Lolab Mela- 2022 which served as an apt platform to project Lolab Valley as hub of tourist spot to the rest of the country with an objective to attract tourists from all across the nation and the world culminated here.
The event also utilised to align the youth to various employment opportunities being provided by the government to the rural area.
The spectacular beauty and significance of the tiny Himalayan Valley-Lolab located in north Kashmir, certainly is flaunted as “a Paradise in Paradise’.
The unique beauty of the Lolab’ sentry gate, which lies nine km north of the Kupwara is a pathway to this oval-shaped valley floor with stunning beauty and sprawling mountain ranges.
The picturesque valley, surrounded by various deciduous trees that promise a colourful show in their fall season makes it one of the emerging tourist destinations in Kashmir.
Lolab Mela 2022 was an array of cultural and sports activities, which were spread over a period of one month.
Various tournaments were organised as a precursor to the much awaited ‘Lolab Mela’.
All the tournaments received an unprecedented response from the local populace especially from the youth.
Various events organised were Lolab Cricket League (T-20) from August 01 to 10, Lolab Football Tournament from August 10 to August 20, Inter School Girls Volleyball Tournament, Medical Camp, Trekking Expedition, Tiranga Bike rally.
The mega event was witnessed by Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Dr. Sagar Doifode, SSP Kupwara Yougal Kumar Manhas, SDM Sogam Aijaz Ahmed, DySP Lolab Aijaz Ahmed and various other civilian and army dignitaries of the area.
Flagging in of Trekkers was done by felicitation of the winning team which drew a huge applause.
The event commenced with cultural performance from renowned artists, to include, various plays and musical events, such as Lolab Mela and Rouff dance of the Kashmir region, in which stories commemorating the lives of saints (Islamic sages or Rishis) or more contemporary real or fictional figures were enacted.
The other events conducted were Sufi and Patriotic songs by renowned artist, Younis Lolabi.
People also witnessed the Brass band show and cultural performance by District Police Lines (DPL) Kupwara.
Locals enthusiastically engaged in deriving knowledge from numerous stalls and kiosks which were on display to include Horticulture, Agriculture, Tourism, Handlooms and many others.
Children feasted on the local cuisine on offer by ‘Hotel Lolab Valley’ and ‘Just Baked’ while indulging in the amusement rides and games.
A certificate of appreciation was awarded to Our Correspondent Wasim Majnoon Mir for ‘best reportage’ from the district.
The event left a lasting impression on the large audience who witnessed this one of a kind event. The traders, shopkeepers and the youths applauded the effort by the Indian Army and District administration to project Lolab as a next tourist hub. They also applauded the opportunity given to youth to hone their hidden talents in different games and cultural programmes.