Gulmarg


Gulmarg

Gulmarg (translation: "Meadow of Flowers") is a town, a hill station, a popular skiing destination and a notified area committee in Baramula district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Gulmarg is located 52 km from Srinagar. It is located at 34.05°N 74.38°E.[1] It has an average elevation of 2,690 m (8,825 ft).

History
Walkways in Gulmarg

Gulmarg has been a resort for the kings like Yousuf Shah Chak and Jahangir who used to visit frequently. The old name of Gulmarg was "Gaurimarg", the name of Lord Shiva's wife. Yousuf Shah Chak changed its name to Gulmarg, meaning the place of roses. During the early part of the 20th century the famous Central Asian explorer Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862–1943), made his home here in a tent between his expeditions. It was a favourite summer holiday destination for the British stationed in India.

The surrounding areas were politically restive during a period of relative peace and quiet. The town is nestled within the imposing Himalayan peaks, and lies within miles of the Line of Control. It receives heavy snowfall during the winter season and is a popular ski resort.

With the abatement of militancy in the area, Gulmarg has quickly become one of the state's most visited destinations. The slopes of Afarwat Hills of the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalaya Chain boast one of the longest and highest ski slopes in Asia. The total distance covered by ski lifts is five kilometres and the resort peaks at an altitude of 3,950 m (12,959 ft), accessed by an aerial gondola (telecabine). The skiing project was inaugurated by the Chief Minister on 25 December 2004. The entire hill is guarded by the army at all times. The army, which is seen everywhere in the cities of Kashmir, is not in the town or the actual hilltop. Frisking is only done midway on the access road at 3 places: Tangmarg, near an army camp on the road from Tangmarg, and 5 km before entering Gulmarg. Gulmarg does not have any permanent residents. All living in Gulmarg are hotel employees and guests.
Rated among the best hill stations of the world, Gulmarg is truly a treat for tourists. Lush
greenery, snow capped mountains, fragrant meadows and host of adventure activities are
some of the facets that characterize Gulmarg. Located in the heavenly state of Jammu and
Kashmir, Gulmarg can be easily reached by following the roadways from Jammu. The
nearest railhead is at Jammu while the airport is at Srinagar.
Alpathar Lake, Khilanmarg Lake and Shrine of Baba Reshi are some of the main
attractions. For adventure seekers, trekking, horse riding, skiing and golfing are some of the
best options. Do not miss enjoying the pony ride from Gulmarg to Khilanmarg.
The best time to visit Gulmarg is from the winter months of November to February, when the best of skiing can be enjoyed.
Alternatively, summer months from May to September are ideal for those seeking refuge from the scorching heat that grips
North India during that time.


Gulmarg is a perfect tourist destination for all seasons but the best time to visit is from March to October.
Winter (November to February) is cold with temperature ranging between -4°C to 11°C. Severe snowfall is a feature of
this place. The winter season is good for enjoying skiing and enjoying honeymoon. Snowfall is a common occurrence.
Summer (March-May) is a refreshing period with a temperature band of 13°C and 29°C. This season is ideal for
enjoying various adventure sports and sightseeing. Snow can be enjoyed on high altitudes.
Monsoon (July to August) receive very moderate rainfall and is not enough to cause any disruption to the tourists.
Gulmarg is a beautiful hill station where the winter season is very good for enjoying snowfall and indulge in snow boarding
and long-run Skiing and various sport sports activities are also held. Summers is ideal for enjoying the scenic beauty along
with various adventure sports.


Gulmarg, located in Jammu and Kashmir is an adventure destination in the remote Himalayas and has limited range when
comes to shopping. Though there are many stores in the town selling carpets, clothing etc. yet are costly and higher price
than in Srinagar. Some of the better shops in Gulmarg include Khan Cloth House, Ladakh Art Palace and Faiz Shawls.
T
ravel within city
Gulmarg is small hill town that does not require any mode of transportation. Since most of the town is covered by snow for
many months of the year, vehicles will find it difficult to traverse. The nearest airport is at Srinagar and a traveler can take a
taxi from right across the road.

Srinagar is also the nearest railway station and taxis can be booked in advance as well.
There are two ways to travel around the city. Travelers can either travel on foot or hire sledges which are hand pulled.
These sledges are available during the off season and they are a fun way to travel around the town.
However the best way to see the town is on foot. Most of the places are accessible only on foot as roads are small and
snow covered.


Gondola Ride mustsee
The Cable Car ride from Gulmarg to Kongdoor-Apherwat, also known as Gondola Lift is a major attraction
in Gulmarg. This ride gives an opportunity to enjoy the pristine beauty of Mother Nature. Passing over the
pine forests with picturesque surroundings one is sure to have the greatest experience of their life while
enjoying the cable car ride.

Alpathar Lake popular
Located 13 km from Gulmarg at the foot of the twin 4,511 m Apharwat peaks is the beautiful Alpathar Lake. Triangular in
shape, this serene lake is frozen until June and during the summer streams of clear water bubbling through the lake with
floating ice pieces. The lake can be reached through trekking the snowy mountains and is a perfect location for trekking
enthusiast.

Baba Reshi Shrine popular
Shrine (Ziarat) of Baba Reshi, dedicated to Muslim scholar and saint Baba Reshi, is a sacred mosque in the valley of
Gulmarg. Built in 1480, this sacred tomb is a highly revered religious attraction and thousands of devotees visit this shrine
every year. Tourists can access by local means of transportation such as sledges and field chutes.
Skiing popular

Skiing and snowboarding are two main activities that can be enjoyed in Gulmarg. Gulmarg, the most popular skiing spot of
India has many ski resorts offering all kinds of skiing facilities which draws huge flow of domestic and foreign tourists. The
best time for skiing is during January to March. Skiing races are also organized here during festivals like Christmas and
Easter.
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St Mary's Church popular
Situated in the valley of shepherds in Gulmarg is the 150 years old St Mary's Church. Built during British rule, the church
got its new look in 2003 with a renovated façade and it is worth a place to visit in Gulmarg. Besides, Gulmarg Golf Club is a
nearby attraction to visit.
Trekking popular
Gulmarg is a popular trekking spot offering many trekking trials which includes Gulmarg-Khilanmarg, Gulmarg-Apharwat
and Gulmarg-Alapther. Most of the resorts here offer trekking expeditions. Trekking in Gulmarg would be an unforgettable
experience with the advantage of enjoying the majestic views of Namga Parbat and snow covered valleys. Ideal time for
trekking is from April to November.
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Ferozepur Nallah
Ferozpur Nallah is a beautiful stream located between the Nurpur and Chinamarg Pass, 5 km from Gulmarg. Popular for
good trout fishing, the stream can be reached from either Tangmarg road or from the circular walk. It is a very scenic spot
and is ideal for picnicking as well. From here, tourists from further continue to Tosamaidan, a 3 day, 50 km walk to one of
the most beautiful meadows of Kashmir.
Golf
Gulmarg Golf Club, established in 1911 is a major attraction in the region. Credited as the highest green
golf course in India, it attracts many visitors, especially golf enthusiasts. The attractive feature of this golf
course is that they offer temporary membership, even for a day, for golf enthusiasts.

Khilanmarg
Khilanmarg is a famous site for Gulmarg’s winter ski runs. It is about 6 km walk from the Gulmarg bus stop and car park. It
offers panoramic views of the Kashmir valley and the Himalayan range. Ningle Nallah is a nearby spot that can be visited.

Lienmarg
A breath taking meadow of flowers, Lienmarg is beautifully located amidst the pine trees near Ningle Nallah (10km from
Gulmarg). This meadow can be visited all year round. It sprawls on an elevation of 2,653 m above sea level and offers
great views of the surrounding. It is also a good spot for camping, which is easily reachable by crossing the bridge over
Ningle Nallah.
Maharani Temple
Maharani Temple, earlier served as the royal temple of Dogra Kings is situated on a small hillock in the central part of
Gulmarg (reachable through trekking). Built by Mohini Bai Sisodhia, the wife of the King of Kashmir Maharaja Hari Singh
(last ruler of Kashmir) in 1915, the temple is a popular destination for tourists in Gulmarg.
Timings: 6am to 9pm daily, Aarti performed twice a day for devotees.
Ningle Nallah
Located just 10 km from Gulmarg, Ningle Nallah is a popular tourist spot. Formed by the melting snow on Apharwat peak
and Alpather Lake, a long bridge crosses the Nallah and from here tourists can enjoy the view of the tranquil streams.
Itineraries
Distances
Srinagar 43 km
Sonamarg 116 km 2h, 10m
Pahalgam 146 km 2h, 30m
Jammu 304 km 4h, 30m

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