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Label : Top Attraction

Tags : Adventure Sports

Gondola Ride Timings : 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Closing time for Phase 2 is 3:00 PM

Time Required : 3-4 hours

Elevation : 3980 metres

Gulmarg to Gondola Distance : 900 m, 10 minutes walk

Phase 1 : Gulmarg to Kongdoori

Phase 2 : Kongdoori to Apharwat

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
Children below 11 years of age aren't allowed

Time Taken : 12 to 15 minutes to reach from phase 1 to phase 2.

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Gulmarg Cable Car

"Asia's Longest Cable Car"

Gulmarg Gondola, Gulmarg Overview

Gulmarg Gondola is the second longest and second highest cable car in the world and the prime attraction Gulmarg is known for. Divided into two phases, it ferries almost 600 people per hour to and from the Apharwat Mountain, which is where most of the winter sports happen in Gulmarg.

Phase 1 of Gulmarg Gondola ferries people from Gulmarg Resort to Kongdoori Station (middle station). It starts at 2,990 m and has a vertical rise of 400 m. Every hour it ferries 1500 people to the height of 3100 m from where several easy runs for skiing are accessible.

Phase 2 of Gulmarg Gondola connects Kongdoori Mountain to Apharwat Peak. The cable car ascends 1,330 vertical metres to a height of nearly 4,000m and carries 600 people per hour. After arriving at the station, you can further have a 30 minutes trek to reach the mountaintop. From here the LOC or the Line of Control is visible.

The Gulmarg Gondola affords a magnificent view of Nanda Devi, LOC, and Pir Panjal range. Apart from cherishing the beauty of Himalayan ranges, tourists can enjoy other activities like horse riding and snow skiing.

Must Know Before You Visit Gulmarg Gondola

Note :

  • Get phase 1 (Gulmarg to Kungdoor) and phase 2 (Kungdoor and Apharwat) tickets from this website. Prior booking is mandatory as the slots are limited.
  • Gondola services can get interrupted during winters when the weather gets bad.
  • Each car is allowed to carry 6 people, 3 in each row.
  • During winters chairlift is available for people partaking in skiing activity. 
  • Due to restrictions and for the sake of child safety, no child below the age 10 is allowed to enter the chairlift facility.  
  • The Gondola is about 900m away from Gulmarg, you'll need to walk towards the boarding point.
  • Beware of horse owners, guides and other agents offering tickets and drop to the boarding point; it's an easy walk and the tickets can be booked online.
  • There are restaurants in Kongdoori (phase 1) but none in Apharwat (phase 2). 
  • There are toilets and eateries. Food items are usually sold 50% more than the MRP. 
  • There are activities available at Phase 1, including ATV rides and sledding. One can opt for a short sled ride or go back to Gulmarg starting point instead of taking a Gondola back.

Gulmarg Gondola Highlights

1. GulmargĀ Gondola Chairlift

GulmargĀ Gondola Chairlift
The Gulmarg Gondola Chairlift connects Kungdoori to Marry Shoulder where most of the skiing events take place. It has 90 chairs and is designed in a way that skiers can even bring their skiing gears a (Read More)long with them to the top. 1000 passengers can easily be ferried every hour. The ride gets completed in 11 minutes.

Price for Chairlift: INR 270 per head.

2. Kongdoori Phase 1

Kongdoori Phase 1
Kongdoori Phase 1 is a cable car system located in the resort town of Gulmarg in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, India. The Gulmarg Gondola is the second longest and second highest cable car (Read More) in the world. The cable car service starts from the Gulmarg resort, situated at a height of 2,600 meters, and takes passengers to Kongdoori Station in the Kongdori valley.

Operating Hours : The Gulmarg Gondola operates daily from 10 AM to 5 PM, subject to weather conditions.
Entry Fee : Adult - INR 920 (Indian)
Foreigner - INR 1210
Distance : 2.5 Kms
Height : 75 Feet from ground
Important Information : Children aged 12 and above are considered adults for ticket pricing.
Children under the age of 3 are not permitted for the cable car ride.

3. Apharwat Peak Phase 2

Apharwat Peak Phase 2
Situated at a height of 4200 metres above the mean sea level, Apharwat Peak in Gulmarg is one of the most breathtaking places. Remotely positioned near LOC with Pakistan, the region receives heavy rai (Read More)nfall and is covered in snow for most of the year. Apharwat Peak is where winter sports in Gulmarg takes place.

Altitude : 4390 metres
Popular For : Snow Activities and Winter Sports
Mountain range : Pir Panjal Range
Entry Fees : Phase 2
One Way: INR 250
Day Pass: INR 940

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How to Reach Gulmarg Gondola

The Gondola's starting point is 1Km from Gulmarg. You can easily walk your way to it or there are horse rides available from the parking lot.

Gulmarg Gondola Booking: How to Get Tickets

Tickets can be obtained from the online portal of Jammu & Kashmir cable car corporation (link) or reach the Gandola counter in Gulmarg to obtain tickets. It is always advisable to book the tickets in advance as offline tickets might not be available in peak seasons.

Should you take tickets to both Phase 1 and Phase 2?

If your main agenda is to experience snow, you can skip phase 2 in winters as there is enough snow in Kongdoori (phase 1) during winters.

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Should you take tickets to both Phase 1 and Phase 2?

If your main agenda is to experience snow, you can skip phase 2 in winters as there is enough snow in Kongdoori (phase 1) during winters.

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