Violence between India and Pakistan has always made tourism a tough sell in the disputed region of Kashmir.
That situation was exacerbated after a high court ordered hotels in Indian-administered Gulmarg to upgrade their sewage treatment to preserve the area's environment.
More than half the hotels had to empty out their guests to comply with the order.
Most of the hotels have reopened but the rest will have to wait until spring to build the required sewage treatment units.
Al Jazeera's Faiz Jamil reports from Gulmarg.