Main Attractions: Alpather Lake, Golf Courses & Skiing
How to spend time/Attractions: Golf, Trekking, Cable Car ride, Angling, Horse Riding, Skiing, Ice Skating, Photography, Sledge Ride
Hotels: Hotel Welcome, Hotel Zahgeer Continental, Hotel Poshwaan
Places to Visit: Highest green golf course, Ski resort, Gandola (Cable Car)
Best Time To Visit: May To September, November To February
In spring Gulmarg lives upto its name which means Meadow of flowers, its a large upland meadow 52kms southwest of Srinagar. Come winter,Gulmarg is Indias major ski resort.
Gulmarg derives its root from "the meadow of flowers" and is indeed a picturesque location. Known for its unparalleled beauty, Gulmarg's virgin forests are a welcoming sight to all tourists. The lush green slopes, their silence broken by the occasional tinkling of cowbells, have been the locale for several films. The rich verdure with the snow-capped tips provide an ideal ambience for the skiing and winter sports.
Located in the northernmost state of Jammu and Kashmir, Gulmarg is in the Baramulla district, 57 km southwest from the capital city of Srinagar. It is perched at an altitude of 2730 meters above sea level and is not very far from the Indo-Pakistan border. It has a gently sloping topography generally identified with European skiing of the 1940s and 1950s.
From Gulmarg, a pony track leads upwards to Khilanmarg, Kongdori and Seven Springs. It takes a couple of hours by pony, and slightly longer on foot. Khilanmarg offers an unparalleled view of the great Himalayan range. From here, across the Apharwat-the peak that looks up from this point-is Alpather Lake, a picturesque alpine lake that remains frozen until late June. It is located at a distance of about 13 km from Gulmarg. For horse riding freaks, Alpather Lake makes an exciting day's excursion, and one has to start early morning and return by late evening. Slightly lower than Gulmarg is the shrine of Baba Reshi (a Muslim mystic saint), which is visited by people of all faiths.
How To Reach
BY AIR - The nearest airport is in Srinagar. This airport is connected with major cities of the country. The nearest railhead is at Jammu. We would provide you all India tourist permit vehicles for the local transportations and also for the intercity drives too.
Where To Stay
Gulmarg houses a number of hotels that offer good accommodation and meals. Hotels of international standards are also available. JKTDC (Jammu and Kashmir Tourist Development Corporation) has huts on the offer at Gulmarg and all these properties require advance booking from Srinagar when the season is onThe accommodation available there suits all budgets. One should not miss the opportunity of tasting the traditional Rogan Josh and other preparations in non-vegetarian and sweetmeats while visiting Gulmarg.
Labels: Gulmarg Tourism