An igloo cafe, claimed to be the world’s largest, has been opened in Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir.
An igloo cafe named ‘Snowglu’ in Kashmir’s Gulmarg has become a new tourist attraction recently. With the picturesque Pir Panjal Mountains in the backdrop, it’s easy to see why the cafe is turning out to be such a draw.
The cafe has been set up at the famous ski resort of Gulmarg – Kolahoi Green Heights hotel. 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 a 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.
He said last year’s cafe had four tables, and 16 people could eat at a time, but this year, they have placed 10 tables. We have created it in two steps with a staircase. 40 people can eat at a time, he said.
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It took 64 days to complete it with 25 people working day and night, Shah said, adding that it took 1,700 man-days to complete the project. It has a thickness of five feet. We hope it stands till March 15, after which we will close it to the public, he said.
Colourful crockery offsets the icy interiors, while the seats have sheepskin-style rugs casually thrown over for a rustic look. Most visitors have been coming here to grab a selfie or two, along with some steaming cups of kahwa. It also features an ice carving in the centre of the structure.
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