Kashmir hotel lures tourists with igloo cafe

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A waiter comes out of “Igloo Cafe”, a cafe prepared with snow and ice, after serving customers at Gulmarg, a ski resort and one of the main tourist attractions in Kashmir region, January 28, 2021. REUTERS/Sanna Irshad Mattoo/Files

GULMARG, India (Reuters) – Tourists in Kashmir’s Gulmarg ski resort have a new place to chill out – an igloo cafe that serves hot food and drink on tables made of ice and snow.

Staff at Kolahoi Green Heights hotel on the Indian-administered side of the region took inspiration from Arctic shelters and added a few local touches – an arched door and patterns on the curved walls.

The long-running conflict in the Himalayan region has hit Kashmir’s once booming leisure industry. But crowds still come to its snow-bound slopes ever winter.

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The igloo, 26 feet around and 15 feet high, holds four tables with enough room for 16 guests.

Kashmir is claimed in full but ruled in part by nuclear arch-rivals India and Pakistan.

(Reporting by Sanna Irshad Mattoo in Gulmarg; Writing by Alasdair Pal; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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