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Friday, 29 January 2021

A sip of tea in an ice cafe:Gulmarg, like Switzerland

A sip of tea in an ice cafe:Gulmarg, like Switzerland, became India's first igloo cafe, with a seating capacity of 16 people.



The igloo will be open to tourists till March, as Gulmarg has a minus temperature till March.

If the outside temperature of the cafe is minus 10 degrees Celsius, the inside temperature is between 5 and 10 degrees.
This igloo cafe has been built by 20 people in two shifts in just 15 days, claiming to be the largest igloo in Asia.

Gulmarg is a beautiful hill station in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. At an altitude of approximately 2730 meters, the local hotel-manager has built the country's first igloo cafe in Gulmarg. This ice cafe has become a center of attraction for tourists and locals alike. Tourists are making pictures of this igloo viral on social media. 



Wasim Shah, the creator of this igloo, says the idea to build this cafe came to me when I was on a visit to Switzerland. There I saw a coffee restaurant made of ice. It was then that I decided to set up a similar cafe for tourists in Gulmarg. Wasim initially built a small igloo in his home. People praised him a lot. He then built a large igloo in Gulmarg and started building a cafe.

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Wasim further said that it took 15 employees 15 days to build this igloo. Employees have built this igloo in two shifts. The igloo has to be shaped like a brick by pressing the ice. Then the bricks have to be arranged like normal bricks, but only ice is used instead of cement. The chairs and tables in the cafe are also made of ice. The cafe has 4 tables and can comfortably seat 16 people. Coming to this igloo, people get a sense of the lifestyle of the ancient people who live in igloo in snowy areas.



If the outside temperature of the igloo is minus 10 degrees, then the inside temperature is between minus 5 and 10 degrees.

There is a lot of difference between the temperature inside and outside the igloo.
Normally a person looking at the igloo from the outside would think that it would be very cold in the dome inside the ice, but surprisingly the temperature inside is higher than outside the igloo. According to the laws of physics, compressed ice acts as insulation and does not allow any kind of heat to escape. This igloo also prevents cold winds from coming from outside. As a result, the inside of the igloo is slightly warmer than the outside. Thus, if the outside temperature is minus 10 degrees, the inside temperature is between minus 5 and 10 degrees.



Tourists are so crowded that now people get entry to Igloo Cafe only through bookings.

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Wasim says, "Since we have opened this Igloo for tourists, the pictures here have been going viral on social media." In just a few hours, we received over 30 bookings. The crowd became so large that we are now giving entry to people only through bookings at Igloo Cafe. Wasim hopes that this igloo will encourage tourists to Gulmarg.



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Wasim claims that his igloo is the largest igloo in Asia.

This igloo is built in a place where there is little sunlight. The igloo will be open to tourists till March, as Gulmarg has a minus temperature till March. Wasim claims that his igloo is the largest igloo in Asia. He has also mentioned this in the Limca Book of Records. If all goes well, this igloo could even win the award for the largest igloo in Asia.

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