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"Heart of Winter Sports in India"

Gulmarg Tourism

Situated at an altitude of 2730 m above sea level, Gulmarg is a popular skiing destination located in Pir Panjal Range of Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Surrounded by snow-covered lofty Himalayas, meadows of flowers, deep ravines, evergreen forested valleys, Gulmarg also has the world's second-highest Gondola ride.

Gulmarg is one of the top honeymoon destinations in India. Gulmarg has also been developed as an adventure hub as the Indian Institute of Skiing, and Mountaineering is located here. A lot of courses on trekking, mountaineering, skiing, and snowboarding are offered by IISM. There are a lot of other private tour operators in Gulmarg as well, which provide similar courses and facilities for skiing and snowboarding. Known for its scenic beauty, Gulmarg has also been a popular destination for shooting various Bollywood films.

Must Know Before You Travel to Gulmarg

  • It is mandatory to get a union taxi also called chain taxis in Gulmarg during winters. The chain taxis for Gulmarg are available at Tangmarg, 13 km away from Gulmarg.
  • Essentials such as Snow jackets and boots can be rented from Tangmarg for a minimal price. Starting from INR 250.
  • Drung Waterfall in Gulmarg can only be accessed by an ATV or the chain taxis. Price: INR 2000-2500. Note, it's not mandatory to hire union taxis during summer. 
  • Get tickets for phase 1 (Gulmarg to Kungdoor) and phase 2 (Kungdoor and Apharwat) from this websitePrior booking is mandatory as the slots are limited.
  • Gondola services can get interrupted during winters when the weather gets bad.
  • Gulmarg has very limited number of hotels. You can either stay at Tangmarg on Kunzer for more budgeted options. Tourists also make a day trip to Gulmarg from Srinagar, where hotels are abundant.

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Tourist Scam in Gulmarg

The dropping point for cabs is around 600 metres from the Gondola starting point. The pony hawkers or sledge pullers might try to scare you off by saying that the distance is 3 km. They will quote an exorbitant price ( around INR 1000) by saying it is the official price of the J&K government. It is advised not to fall into the tourist scam and only hire a pony if required. The rates are negotiable and will cost you around INR 500 (to and fro).

Valley of Flowers

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 Trip to Gulmarg - Experience Snow & Gondola

This itinerary contains must-visit places in Gulmarg that you simply cannot miss out on during your trip.
  • Try to arrive at Gulmarg by 9:00 AM so that you get the entire day ahead of yourself to explore this magnificent location. Upon arrival soak in the serene landscapes of the valley surrounding you and enjoy the breathtaking views of the place.
  • Gulmarg Gondola - The Gondola is like a cable car system and is a primary attraction in this area. The Gondola will take you up to Kongdoori Mountain.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Ticket Prices: The Gondola ride takes place in two phases and the prices vary accordingly with an additional convenience fee.
Phase I - From Gulmarg to Kongdoori charges 740 INR per person.
Phase II - From Kongdoori to Apharwat costs 950 INR per person. This phase also offers a Chairlift from Kongdoori to Mary’s Shoulder costing 300 INR per person.
  • Explore the Kongdoori Mountains - The Kongdoori Mountains act as a vantage point that offers panoramic views of the lush green valleys and snow-capped mountain peaks. You can spend some time here and enjoy the views. This is also an excellent spot for photography. If interested you can also try adventure activities such as skiing or snowboarding. You can hire rental equipment from agencies located here.
  • Alpather Lake - If you do Phase II of the gondola rides, then you will arrive at the Apharwat Peaks. The Alpather Lake is situated at the foot of this peak and is famous for its crystal clear water. This lake often remains frozen during winters and is an unforgettable sight.
  • Lunch Break - The Gondola rides along with the Kongdoori Mountain and Alpather Lake exploration will end around 2:00 PM. You can take a break and enjoy lunch at a local eatery, cafe, or restaurant in Gulmarg. Make sure to enjoy the traditional Kashmiri cuisine here and do not miss out on the traditional Kashmiri Polau and Aloo Dum.
  • Visit the Golf Course - You will be able to wrap up your lunch and reach the Gulmarg Golf Course by 2:30 PM. This is claimed to be the highest green golf course in the world. It is located on the lower ranges of Gulmarg and offers stunning views of the place. You can try your hand at golfing here as well.
Timings: 8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Prices: Indians - 800 INR Foreigner - 1200 INR
  • Strawberry Valley - Next head to the picturesque Strawberry Valley which is famous for its bright green strawberry fields and big, juicy strawberries. You can sit back and enjoy the views and spend some time amidst nature here. People are also welcome to have a picnic here. This place is open to visitors from sunrise to sunset and entrance is free for all.
  • Shopping - After an entire day of sightseeing you can spoil yourself by shopping at the local markets. Gulmarg has excellent stores that sell everything from expensive pashminas and spice to local handicrafts and so much more. You can also stop for a tea or coffee break at any joint in the local market of Gulmarg.
With this, you can put an end to your day in Gulmarg and head back to your hotel after seeing the most mesmerizing views and eating the most authentic finger-licking dishes of Kashmir.

From Gaurimarg to Gulmarg

Gulmarg, one of the charming luxury hill stations in India, 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.

Restaurants and Local Food in Gulmarg

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.
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Gulmarg Gondola - One of the World's Largest Operations Cables in Gulmarg
Thrilling Mountain Trekking in Gulmarg
Maharani Temple - Located in the Middle of Gulmarg

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FAQs on Gulmarg

Can i get alcohol in Gulmarg?

You can get alcohol in hotel bars only as it's not freely available.

Is a guide compulsory in Gulmarg?

Absolutely not! You can easily navigate across Gulmarg if you know where to get to and how to get there. Most people need help with figuring out how to reach the Gondola cable ride, here's everything you need to know.

What is the cost of Gondola ride in Gulmarg?

Gulmarg Gondola Ride Price : Phase 1
Return Pass: INR 740
Phase 2
One Way: INR 250
Day Pass: INR 940
Chair Lift
Adult- INR 300

What are the places near Gulmarg?

The top places near to Gulmarg are Srinagar which is 37 km from Gulmarg, Khilanmarg which is located 3 km from Gulmarg, Dachigam national park which is located 60 km from Gulmarg, Mcleodganj which is located 268 km from Gulmarg, Dalhousie which is located 225 km from Gulmarg

What are the things to do in Gulmarg?

The top things to do in Gulmarg are Gulmarg Gondola, Skiing in Gulmarg, Khilanmarg, Alpathar Lake, Maharani Temple, Ningli Nalla. You can see all the places to visit in Gulmarg

How much does a package cost for Gulmarg?

The packages for Gulmarg start at INR 11000 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages

What is the best way to reach Gulmarg?

Making shrinagar the base, Gulmarg can be accessed easily via a taxi.

What is the local food in Gulmarg?

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.

What is the best time to visit Gulmarg?

The best time to visit Gulmarg is in Summer from March - June. The hill station is often visited for the adventurous opportunities that await visitors and the scenic views of the surroundings from the town. If you are a nature enthusiast who loves the heat, the months April, May and June are the best months for a visit. Gulmarg is also known as the 'meadow of flowers' due to the fields of blooming flowers that cover the lands of the city in Summer. However, If skiing is what you are looking forward to, December to mid March are recommended. 

Who should visit Gulmarg?

A paradise for the honeymooners and romantic vacation. Perfect for adventure lovers as it is a great ski destination.

What is not so good about Gulmarg?

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.

What is special about Gulmarg?

A great destination to visit in both summers and winters. Stunning landscapes throughout the year. One of the major attractions in Gulmarg is the Gondola ride which is the highest cable car in the world.

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Popular Questions And Answers on Gulmarg

Q. Is it okay to visit there in October and November?


5 years ago
Gulmarg can be visited in October and November to enjoy skiing on the snow-covered slopes of Gulmarg and to enjoy the Gondola ride. The temperature in winters fall as low as -4 degrees and do not ris (Read More)e above 11-12 degrees Celsius. Make sure you pack some warm clothes.
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Q. I want to hire a cab for 8 days to travel from Jammu to Srinagar and cover Gulmarg. What would be the rent cost?

Kaveesh Nair

6 years ago
It'll take you less than 8 days to cover those three places, but if it is 8 days you want to go for, then you can expect your cab rent to lie around 40000 for a 6 seater and 30-35000 for a 4 seater.

Q. I am looking for a honeymoon package for July month. Can u suggests me if I should go with packages or I should book hotels by myself and arrange a taxi for us over there only.

Ahraan Gee

6 years ago
Yes exactly I have all ready Done my kashmir trip a memorable trip with my wife we go through package we got everything by package We got hotels transport on best rates we did book our honey (Read More)moon packages with Zahid bhai he is so help full person contact with him for good and secuss trip .9596036240
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Ratheesh Ramachandran

5 years ago
Had an unpleasant experience with the guys who bring horse for riding. They force you for horse riding and finally threaten. You can walk to the cable car point in Gulmarg and take tickets to go up. (Read More)The taxi drivers will stop way before the cable car point as per the agreement with the horse wallas. Even the police their take bribes. But you are free to walk. Never go for horse ride in Gulmarg. Have fun.

Nivedha Narayanaswamy

6 years ago
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, v (Read More)isit Phase II first, before camping out on Phase I. Carry an umbrella as well.

Pallavi Siddhanta

6 years ago
- 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 (Read More)are only 2 ATM's there which can not be completely relied on.
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