Situated at an altitude of 2730 m above sea level, Gulmarg is surrounded by snow covered mountains, lush green meadows, deep ravines, evergreen forested hills and valleys.
Known for its scenic beauty, Gulmarg has also been a popular destination for shooting of various Bollywood films. Among one of the top honeymoon locations, Gulmarg boasts of being a beautiful town without the crowd like Manali and Shimla. Gulmarg has also been developed as an adventure hub as Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering is located here. A lot of courses on trekking, mountaineering, skiing, etc. are offered by IISM at great prices here. However, if you are planning to do a course, it is advisable to book your course well in advance. There are a lot of other private tour operators in Gulmarg as well which provide similar courses and facilities for skiing, snowboarding and trekking. The cable car here is also one of the prime attractions here and is the 2nd highest cable car in the world.
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Carry optimal winter clothing to the peak. Winter gear like boots, coats, gloves and hats are available on daily rent basis at the foothills – you do not have to buy them. While on the Gondola ride, visit Phase II first, before camping out on Phase I. Carry an umbrella as well.
- With invariably low temperatures, travellers must make it a point to be well equiped with wollens, hand gloves, boots and overcoats. Also, ensure that you have enough money stashed on you as there are only 2 ATM's there which can not be completely relied on.
A great destination to visit in both summers and winters. Stunning landscapes throughout the year.
Terrorism activities and curfew are very common in parts of Jammu and Srinagar which affect tourism. Outside private vehicles are not allowed in Gulmarg except for drop and pick at the hotel.
A paradise for the honeymooners and romantic vacation. Perfect for adventure lovers as it is a great ski destination.
Gulmarg, one of the charming luxury hill stations in the country, has a legendary history that is often spoken of. The place got its current name in the 16th century from Sultan Yusuf Shah before which it was called ‘Gaurimarg’ meaning ‘the fair one’ by the local shepherds and residents. The history of this city dates back to the era of Emperor Jahangir, impressed by the valleys and meadows who came to this place as a summer retreat. Mughal kings ruled this place for decades before the colonial rule which marked this city for its beauty and charm. The Britishers established ski grounds and resorts for the holiday season during Christmas and Easter. After the end of colonial rule, Gulmarg became a part of the independent princely state of Jammu and Kashmir where now it is a top tourist destination flooded by people serenading its beauty.
Gulmarg is famous as one of the most famous ski destinations in India. During the winters it attracts a huge number of tourists who come here to gain the wonderful experience of skiing on the snow loaded slopes of Gulmarg Valley. Not only for skiing, but Gulmarg is also famous for its Gondola rides which are world’s second highest cable cars. Full of breathtaking landscapes Gulmarg is the literal paradise on earth.
Winters see Gulmarg transforming into a winter wonderland, and as the summer arrives the beauty of Gulmarg does not fade away, it only becomes more beautiful. In the autumn season, Gulmarg is filled with the beauty of flowers that blossoms in the brightest of their colours, leaving Gulmarg in the sheet of vibrant colours peeking out from every nook and corner of the valley.
Day 1: Arrive at Srinagar airport or Jammu railway station. Transfer to the hotel in Gulmarg. Check-in at the hotel and rest for the day. Day 2: Leave for the local tour after breakfast. Visit the Gulmarg biosphere reserve which is a paradise for both wildlife and photo enthusiasts. Then, visit the Gulmarg Golf course, which is the highest golf course in the world. Day 3: Head to Apharwat peak, the premier ski resort where you can enjoy Gondola ride and afterwards, visit Rani temple and Baba Reshi Shrine. Back to hotel.
Like most of the areas around it, the essential and most popular bits of Gulmarg's cuisine include Rogan Josh, Dum Aloo and Yakhni. A menu bit more local would list down, Qabargaah (Fried Rack of Lamb; The Kashmiri Muslims refer to this dish as "Tabakh maaz"), Modur Pulaav (Sweet Pulao, usually taken as a dessert) and Muj Gaad (Fish with Raddish).
Along with this Raazma-Gogji (kidney beans with turnip), Sheer Chai(salted pink tea with almonds), Kehwah (sweet green tea with almonds and cardamom) and Sheekh Kabab (spicy ground lamb on skewers) are preparations which almost define Gulmarg's cuisine.