Gulmarg is one
of the beautiful place that can be visited in Kashmir
valley. Gulmarg was called Gaurimarg, named after Shiva’s
coasts. Gulmarg's legendary beauty, Gulmarg literally
means meadow of flowers. It is a majestic hill station in
the district of Baramula of Jammu and Kashmir in India.
The hill station, at an altitude of 2730 m, was earlier
known as Gaurimarg, Gulmarg is an eye catching place with
picturesque surroundings, beautiful gardens with mind
blogging flowers and fragrance. This is one of the best
ski resorts in India as it gets heavy snowfall, especially
during winter which makes it the best time to book Kashmir
tour packages. Some of the highest ski slopes in India
lies in the sloppy Himalayan regions in Gulmarg.
Gulmarg in Winters
prime location and proximity to Srinagar make it one
of the premier hill resort in the country. Gulmarg, the
hill resort is located only 52 km. to the south west of
Srinagar in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Gulmarg is situated at an altitude of 2730 meters above
sea level and has a gently sloping topography
Mother Nature has blessed the regions of Gulmarg with all
its showers of beauty and the tranquil atmosphere
available presently in this region makes it a best tourist
destination. Gulmarg is credited with the longest and
highest cable car project in Asia.
Gondola Lift Ride
attraction in Gulmarg is the Cable Car ride, which is also
known as Gondola Lift/Ride (1 km west of Gulmarg’s bus
stand). Jammu and Kashmir State Cable Car Corporations
manage the Gulmarg Cable Car ride.
For a fun-filled ride of a most unusual kind, Gulmarg's
newly constructed Gondola lift through pine-clad slopes is
an experience of a lifetime. This Gondola will take you up
above 15,000 feet and is one of the highest in the world.
Here, you can touch the skies and merge with the clouds.
It is for golfing that Gulmarg has long been famous.
There is also a green 18-hole golf course in Gulmarg which
is also the world's highest golf course. The Gulmarg Golf
Club has been in existence for over a hundred years and
there are records, dating from that time, which make
fascinating reading. The Clubhouse itself, reminiscent of
a Swiss chalet with its quaintly sloping roof, has a rare
old character. The Golf Club offers short-term memberships
to the players. The payment of a fee entitles one to play
on the golf course. One can also hire the golf sets from
Gulmarg also offers some excellent opportunities for long
walks. Walking along Gulmarg’s circular path you only have
to look down to have a complete view of the valley
including Srinagar. A fine view can also be had of Nanga
Parbat, the naked mountain which is over 26,000 feet and
dominates the entire region.
Skiing & Winter Sports
snowboarding are two main activities which can be carried
out in Gulmarg and it has become the most popular spot for
skiing in India. Winter comes here with all its majesty
and snow falling makes the landscape covered with thick
glossy smooth snow skiing with the ski lifts and
chair lifts. In winter Gulmarg's natural slopes and
inclines turn into the country’s premier skiing resort.
Not all tourists who visit in winter come for skiing -
some simply are there to watch the skiing or to enjoy a
holiday in the snow. Among the various slopes, there are a
few which are serviced by ski lifts. Most of the skiing
becomes centred on these slopes, which are specially
suited to beginners and intermediate level skiers, with
ski runs ranging from 200 m to 3kms, instructors are
available for both levels. As in the summer, when each
individual sets his own pace for a holiday, so also in
winter, skiing can be as adventurous as the holidaymaker
can want. There are a number of slopes, not serviced by
ski lifts, of varying lengths and gradients. Each of these
is quieter than the immensely popular ones with ski lifts.
Advanced skiers often trek in the snow for several hours
to the very top of Apharwat peak, to make a descent
lasting no more than 30 minutes. And now, with the
operation of the Gulmarg Gondola Cable Car, it has become
all the more convenient for skiing enthusiasts, as they
can gain a ski run of nearly 3 kms with the help of this
cable car which goes up to Kongdori. There are a host of
snow sports at Gulmarg at this time of the year.
Tobogganing, the most popular among them requires no
skill. No skill is required - a flat wooden board is taken
up the hill and is allowed to descend downhill. There are
also snow scooters and snow bobbing, neither requiring
special skills. The best season for skiing is from
November to February.