Gulmarg is the most fascinating hill station called originally a ‘Gaurimarg’ by shepherds, its present name was given in the 16th century by Sultan Yusuf Shah. The name Gulmarg signifies ‘Meadow of Flower’ is blessed with astonishing surroundings, spectacle of snow-covered mountains, scenic landscapes, exceptional beauty and everlasting vistas. This stunning hill station attracts a huge number of tourists again and again.
Activities: Horse riding/Hiking, Cable car riding to Khilanmarg, Golf playing, Snow Skiing during winter months (End Dec -Middle March)
Best Places To Visit:
Apharwat Peak: A prevalent skiing destination, Aphharwat Peak is a standout amongst the most ultimate locales in Gulmarg giving an exciting experience to each skier. Situated close to Alpather Lake, it gives a wonderful perspective during summers and winters.
Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve: Home to numerous common and uncommon types of fauna, vegetation and avifauna, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve is among those regions where biodiversity is in its richest form situated at a height varying somewhere around 2400 and 4,300 meters above sea level.
Gulmarg Gondola: Gulmarg Gondola is the world’s second most highest operating cable car since the closure in 2008 of the Mérida cable car in Venezuela. Planned in specialized cooperation with a French Company PUMA, and oversaw by the Jammu and Kashmir Cable Car Corporation, it is the only cable car system in Asia that travels up to a rise of 13,500 ft above the sea level.
Kongdori: As a well known destination for skiing, Kongdori has earned popularity as one of the best Gulmarg vacationer spots to visit. It is Asia’s biggest and most astounding cable car project lead to Kongdori Mountain at an elevation of 3099.6 meters from the resort located in Gulmarg. A grand mountain that appends Apharwat crest, Kongdori can rightly be known as the skier’s heaven.
Shrine of Baba Reshi: The Shrine of Baba Reshi is devoted to the Muslim scholar and holy person, Baba Reshi who spent his days in contemplation and petition to God here. Built in the thirteenth century, individuals from all kinds of different backgrounds visit the place of worship to look for favors.
Some other great places to visit in Gulmarg are: Gulmarg Golf Course, Rani Temple, St. Mary’s Church, Ningle Nallah, Nagin Valley, Alpather Lake, Lienmarg, Khilanmarg, Kanchenjunga Museum, Avantiswami Temple, Magam, Pattan, Tangmarg, Outer Circle Walk, Ferozpur Nallah, Imambara Goom etc.
Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year