located 52 kms south west of the capital city of Srinagar and
lies close to the Indo-Pakistan border area. Immensely beautiful,
the landscape of Gulmarg offers a pleasant and comfortable
stay to its visitors. Today the place. has been famous for the
different adventure activities and gives a fabulous background
to many bollywood movies.
During summer months Gulmarg is
famous for its highest green golf course in the world which is
at an altitude of 2732 mtrs. Since 1972, proved by the famous
Australian golfer Mr. Peter thomson who played golf at gulmarg.
Gulmarg is blessed with nature- the magical meadows and the
snow capped mountains is a wonderful touristdestination in the
world. One of the best adventure destinations of India,
Gulmarg is called the Meadow of Flowers. The towering peaks
provide the required background to the landscape of Gulmarg
which is oneof the finest heli-skiing resorts in the whole of
PRIME ATTRACTIONS :-
Khilanmarg : This smaller
valley is about a 6-km walk from the Gulmarg bus stop and car
park. The meadow, carpeted with flowers in the spring, is the
site for Gulmarg's winter ski runs and offers a fine view of
the surrounding peaks and over the Kashmir Valley. It's a
600-metre ascent from Gulmarg to Khilanmarg and during the
early spring, as the snow melts, it can be a very muddy hour's
climb up the hill. The effort is rewarded, if it's clear, with
a sweeping view of the great Himalayas from Nanga Parbat to
the twin 7,100-metre peaks of Nun and Kun to the southeast.
Alpather Lake :
Beyond Khilanmarg, 13-km from Gulmarg at the foot of the
twin 4, 511 metre Apharwat peaks, this lake is frozen until
mid-June and even later in the year one can see lumps of ice
floating in its cold waters. The walk from Gulmarg follows a
well-graded Pony track over the 3, 810 metre Apharwat ridge,
separating it from Khilanmarg, and then up the valley to the
lake at 3,843 metres. The more adventurous trekkers can climb
straight up the boulder-strewn slope of the ridge and descend
the other side to the path. For horse riding aficionados,
Alpather Lake makes an exciting day's excursion, starting
early morning and returning late evening. Reservation Desk.
Golf Courses :
Gulmarg also has one of the world's highest green golf
courses, as well as a clubhouse, which is a historical
building in its own right. For the would-be golfer, there are
golf sets on hire, pros to instruct one in the game, and
temporary memberships. Naturally, these facilities are
available to players as well, except that serious golfers
usually carry their sets along.
Gondola Lift :
a fun filled ride of a most unusual kind, Gulmarg's newly
constructed Gondola lift from high above Gulmarg, through pine
clad slopes, is exhilarating.
Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve :
For witnessing the glorious fauna of the great Himalayan
range, such as the Himalayan Musk Deer, Red Fox, Brown and
Black Bear along with numerous resident and migratory birds,
visit the Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve. Located at a height of
2,400m above sea level and with a coverage area of 180-sq-kms,
this reserve is at a distance of 48-km from Srinagar. The best
time to watch the wildlife is September to March.
ADVENTURE SPORTS :-
Skiing : In winter,
Gulmarg acquires a new persona - that of the country's premier
skiing resorts. Skiing, to many who watch it on TV, seems like
a very elitist sport, requiring a high level of training and
expensive equipment. They are surprised, when they visit
Gulmarg for a day's expedition to "see the snow", that others
with the same level of physical fitness and training are
skiing down slopes. Gulmarg is the ultimate beginner's skiing
resort. One doesn't requite a heavy woolen wardrobe - slacks
or a Salwar Kameez will do fine. In Gulmarg one will also be
able to drift to one of the many Ski shops and hire skis,
sticks and goggles. Just find yourself a ski instructor and
set off down a slope.
Neither does one need to exert oneself climbing up slopes. The
gentlest slope of 200m is linked with a ski lift, which helps
one to go up. When one graduates to intermediate level - which
will happen after the first few days of practice, there are
other slopes, longer and steeper, which are connected by chair
lift. The longest ski run in Gulmarg is provided by the
Gondola cable car, which allows a ski run of 2,213m.
By Air : The
closest airport to Gulmarg is at Srinagar. Srinagar receives a
flight from Delhi everyday. Srinagar is well connected to all
the major airports in India. From airport, you will have ample
of option to come to Gulmarg.
By Road : State
road transport corporation of Jammu and Kashmir operates both
luxury and normal coaches to and from Srinagar to Gulmarg.
Local Transport : Public
transport is the main player in local.