Places to Visit in Gulmarg

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Experience Time: 1-2 hours

Distance: 4 kms

Kongdori - Gulmarg Gondola

Ever since its existence, Gulmarg, the 'Meadow of Flowers' has attracted more than a thousand tourists with its exceptional beauty. One of the main attractions of this place is Gulmarg Gondola which is the second highest cable car in the world. Phase 1 of this cable car lift was made operational from May 1998 while the other phase came into running after 6 years in May 2005. An addition was made in the form Chairlift or phase 3 in 2011. Since then it has been a commercial victory for the government of J&K. The construction of this cable car even boosted the tourism in the state. The Gondola ride gives you the most extravagant views of both Gulmarg and Khilanmarg. It captures the beauty and splendour of this place at its best. The 1st phase of Gondola takes you to Kongdori Station which is situated at the height of 8530 ft and the second stage goes up to the altitude of 12293 ft. It gives you a chance to have magnificent views 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. The pine surrounded area becomes a white blanket in winters making it a skiers paradise. The place is perfect for re-discovering the child within you!

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Skiing in Gulmarg

Gulmarg is a beautiful location placed in Jammu and Kashmir where one may go along with family and friends and enjoy the beautiful view along with other adventure sports. The lift system is quite simple in Gulmarg. During blizzards, beautifully characterised open spaces in the forest terrain can be skied below Gulmarg which may lead you to the local shrines. Apart from all the mesmerising view, you may try skiing, use the Gulmarg gondola once, skin a few km along, hike the rest and take a cab for the remaining. Gulmarg is gaining popularity and number of skiers are also increasing day by day. Having the mountain to oneself is a thing of the past, hence being alert and pro-active is adviced.

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Distance: 5 kms

Khilanmarg

Only 6km from the Gulmarg bus station, Khilanmarg is a little paradise carpeted with flowers of varied colors in spring which changes into a skier's dream destination in the winters. The peaks are in clear view from the skiing slopes and they provides a beautiful background to the amusement. Also, the famed Nanga Parbat which is 7100m high is close to it and helps create a perfect scenic photograph.

Experience Time: 1-2 hours

Distance: 1 kms

Maharani Temple

Situated in the middle of Gulmarg, the Maharani temple is an example of religions intertwined with a Muslim priest performing rituals in the temple. Maharani Temple was built by Mohini Bai Sisodhi, wife of Maharaja Hari Singh in 1915. This temple belongs to the Dogra Kings of Jammu & Kashmir.

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Distance: 7 kms

Alpathar Lake

At the foot of Apharwat peak, it is a one day trek from Gulmarg (13km). The lake stays frozen during winters with striking scenic views. Ducks are seen walking instead of swimming and large chunks of ice float in the lake. During summers, the lake is surrounded with beautiful flowers and trees. One of the most surreal lakes, it is a haven for the likes of photographers, philosophers, poets or people looking for solitude. So, while planning a holiday in Khilanmarg, make sure you include this attraction in your itinerary.

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Distance: 8 kms

Ningli Nalla

Situated 10 km from Gulmarg, Ningle Nallah is not just another mountain stream. This place is flanked with snow-capped mountains and lush green pastures from all four sides. The water formed by the melting of ice in Apharwat Peak and Alpather Lake is the main source of Ningle Nallah. After passing through mountains and valleys, this stream unites with River Jhelum. This place is highly recommended for family outings especially if one has their kids along.

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Ziarat of Baba Reshi

This shrine built in the 13th century is on the slopes below Gulmarg. The Ziarat or the tomb is of a well-known Muslim saint, Baba Payam-Uddin who died here in 1480. He was a courtier to the Kashmir King Zain-ul-Abidin before taking the path of renouncing the worldly ties. With thousands of devotees visiting this shrine every year, regardless of the religion they follow, this shrine buzzes with activities and prayers.

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Distance: 3 kms

Tangmarg

It is the famous stop-over enroute to Gulmarg. It connects Gulmarg by a 13km metal road and an exciting 5km trekking route. During winters, warm clothes, long boots and water proofs are available on hire.

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City Shopping

There aren't too many options for shopping in Gulmarg. For the scarce ones that are, the prices tend to be more than double than those in areas around the town. It is highly recommended, to head to Srinagar, nearby, for your shopping spree, for a more enjoyable shopping experience.

Experience Time: 1 to 2 hours

Distance: 1 kms

St. Mary Church

Standing tall, even after a 100 odd years, is this Victorian architectural wonder of the Saint Mary's Church located near the Golf Course in Gulmarg. This might well be your messiah to experiencing the ancient architectural wonders that our country is the most renowned for. More like a tiny countryside chapel in appearance, this church is made of grey stone walls. The church looks the most scintillating during the winter season especially when it is surrounded by snow.

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Distance: 1 kms

Golf Course

Famed as the highest 18 hole golf course in the world, this golf course is also the longest in India. Situated at an altitude of 8700 feet above sea level, this place was used to play golf by Britishers since 1911 and the golf course was inaugurated formally in 2011. The golf course is very beautiful and consists of a meadow with various varieties of beautiful and rare species of flowers. The flowers are in full bloom during the months of June to September. Visitors are allowed to take their cars inside for a ride and enjoy a ride in one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world.

Experience Time: 3-4 hours

Distance: 4 kms

Gulmarg Biosphere Reserves

This protected reserve is situated 48 km from Srinagar and is the home to many exotic and rare species of the world including musk deer, snow leopard, etc. The reserve boasts of its rich avi-fauna population which are a beautiful sight during the months of migration.

Experience Time: Around 1 to 2 hours

Distance: 86 kms

Kanchenjunga Museum

The museum has on display a modest exhibit of modern warfare & mountaineering equipments and gears used by the Indian Army in the mountains. Developed initially as a High-Altitude Warfare School, the museum was set up to commemorate 1997's first summit of Indian Army to Kanchenjunga. Since then, other expeditions like first successful Everest expedition of 2001 have been given a due place here

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Distance: 5 kms

Ferozpur Nallah

Ferozepur Nallah is another exquisite mountain stream flowing through the valleys between the beautiful Chinamarg and Nurpur Pass. This Nallah is quite famous for its activity of trout fishing that takes place over here in summers. Surrounded by endless mountains and locales rich in grandeur, this place is going to sweep you off your feet. It is highly recommended for picnicking.

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Distance: 18 kms

Imambara Goom

This place holds tremendous religious attraction and is sacred to the Muslim religion. It lies at Ahmadpora near Baramullah. Expected to snow during winters.

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Distance: 2 kms

Gulmarg Snow Festival

Started in 2003 to encourage winter sports and tourism, Gulmar sports festival is a two-day long celebration organized every year by the tourism ministry. The aim is to attract tourists from all around the world and showcase the enchanting valleys through various sports and activities. The fest offers a bouquet of delights to its visitors by organizing snow sporting activities such as skiing, snowboarding, snow - sledding and ice skating. Besides this, cultural performances are organized by the Kashmiri folk artists for a divine experience of traditions in Kashmir. Local delicacies are offered to their visitors for those looking for a toothsome experience. This fest just not only projects Gulmar as a tourism hotspot but also brings together the lost traditions of this place.

Experience Time: 3-4 hrs

Distance: 2 kms

Apharwat Peak

Situated at a height of 4200 metres above the mean sea level, Apharwat Peak in Gulmarg is one of the most breathtaking places in all of India. Imbued with snow clad mountains and surrounded by pearly white meadows, the area is a perfect honeymoon destination and the most picturesque tourist spot in Srinagar. The bird’s eye view from the hill-top provides an enthralling panoramic vista of Gulmarg below, not to forget the mesmerizing experience of the pristine snowfall or the sunglazed scenery. Remotely positioned near LOC with Pakistan; the region receives heavy rainfall and is covered in snow for most of the year; it is therefore, the ultimate skiing destination for all you ski aficionados. The tresses and the gradients provide ski options for both beginners and experts. After the snowy white charm, the place gets washed in green for a few weeks during the summer months. The emerald green meadows and verdant grassy lawns make it an ideal destination for horse back rides and sun-kissed picnics under the blue skies. Alpathar Lake- a serene lake in the vicinity adds to the beauty and grandeur of the already enchanting place. With white peaks and lush paddocks, Apharwat Peak transports you to a paradise away from the din of the city. So if you are looking for a vacation to pump up your adrenaline, or to spend a moment or two of solitude and intimacy, or you simply want to take a break from the humdrum of city life, Apharwat Peak has got it all covered for you.

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 4,156 kms

Strawberry Valley

A hidden attraction in Gulmarg is Strawberry Valley, unexploited by tourism and still holding its nascent beauty and charm. The emerald meadows with budding red strawberries look like a picture straight out from Garden of Eden. Covered in pristine elegance, with clear blue skies overhead and verdant green meads all along, a visit to Strawberry Valley is a delight to the naked eye and an enthralling experience altogether. Surrounded by dainty houses in the distance and mighty hills in the backdrop, the valley offers a getaway you would not want to come back from. Summer season is the busiest time of the year as the strawberries are ripe and ready to be harvested. Besides presenting an alluring scenic picture, the juicy red strawberries are also a treat to taste. Tourists are allowed to take a walk amidst rows of scarlet and verdure plantations. You can simply stroll along and awe at the beauty of nature or just take a basket of food and enjoy a wonderful picnic with your loved ones. The fields also boast of having a Bollywood connection in the yesteryears. Several movies have been shot at the destination owing to the ataraxy, vibrancy and overall charisma of the place.

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Children's Park

Gulmarg is popularly known as paradise on earth. Besides the bounteous natural euphoria, the hill town is replete with fun activities for everyone from toddlers to adults to elders. Children’s Park in Gulmarg is one such place established with the idea to keep the young ones occupied and pleased while you enjoy some moments basking in nature’s glory and heavenly bliss that this place offers. Sprawling over acres of land amidst breathtaking conifers, floating clouds and spectacular hills, Children’s Park facilitates fun environment for tourists, especially kids. With a vast number and variety of rides ranging from toy train to car rides, buggy rides and several slides and swing; the garden is sure to please your kids. While the young ones are busy enjoying the rides and the swings, you can hire a pony and take a little stroll around. Experience nature in all its purity and grandeur. Relax and rejuvenate amidst green meadows with majestic mountain peaks in the backdrop. An artificial lake constructed lately accentuates the beauty of the place. Indulge in some binge eating, bird watching, sky gazing in between the spell binding locales.

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 2 kms

Seven Springs

Seven Springs is the majestic stream, known for its seven different outlets of water. Located on a hillock near Kongdori, the springs offer a spectacular view of the valley of Gulmarg and Srinagar. A gondola cable ride from the base of the Apharwat mountain can take you to this enchanting place with sweeping vistas of snow-capped mountains and the blooming vale below.

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