Srinagar: Yusmarg Mela is an annual event organized in the pristine and serene surroundings of Yusmarg. This year the Mela was organized on 26 October. The Mela saw an overwhelming turnout of the population residing in the Budgam and the adjoining districts of Pulwama and Shopian, approximately 3500 persons came to enjoy the occasion. People of all age groups and from all background turned out. Chinar Corps Commander, Lt Gen B S Raju graced the occasion along with Victor Force Commander Maj Gen Rashim Bali.
A variety of events were organized for the local population at Yusmarg. Numerous stalls consisting of Local Handicrafts were on the display. Awareness Stalls for the locals were also organized, namely Agriculture and Honey Farming, Anti-Drug & COVID. Medical and Veterinary camps were also organized simultaneously. The youths were particularly interested in participating in the volleyball matches, Tug of War and horse riding. There were a variety of Kashmiri cuisines, which were served at the Mela. The entertainment programs consisted of Bhangra Troupe and Sqay Martial Arts display amongst many other attractions.
Lt Gen BS Raju felicitated locals consisting of Veer Naris, Social Activists, and NEET qualifiers and distributed automatic Wheel Chairs to the especially abled persons. He interacted with all the persons present in the Mela and shared some candid moments also with the young children. He expressed his happiness at the prevalent normalcy in the area.
Yusmarg Mela is a symbolic event, wherein Awaam and Army comes together once a year and exchanges well wishes in a cheerful environment. It also provides the local population a break from the routine life and gives an opportunity to spend a day with the loved ones in Yusmarg.