Unveil Gulmarg's Enchantment: Meadows, Gondola Rides & More!
Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Gulmarg

Gulmarg

Jammu and Kashmir, India

Gulmarg literally means “Meadow of flowers”. Gulmarg is located 60 KMs away from Srinagar which is an hour and half journey by car. Gulmarg has attracted millions of tourists throughout its existence with the scenic beauty of the Himalayan Mountains in the back drop. 

Gulmarg Travel Tips

One of the main attractions in Gulmarg is the Gulmarg Gondola, the Highest Cable Car in the world. The 1st phase of the Gondola takes tourists to the height of 8530 ft to Kongdori Station and the second stage of the Gondola goes up to the height of 12293 ft. Tourists can enjoy horse Riding and can go riding to the magnificent “Strawberry Valley” , Leopards Valley and ride up to “Kongdori” to see the frozen lake of “Al- Pathar”. Gulmarg in winter is a magnificent experience, fully covered in a white blanket of Snow which turns it into a skiers paradise. The natural slopes here are untouched and prove to be a challenge to ace skiers! Besides the scenic side to Gulmarg, winter time in Gulmarg is a season of festivities with celebrations of “White Christmas” and New Year parties. 

Here are some of the things you can do in Gulmarg:

  • Gulmarg Gondola Ride: Take a scenic ride on the Gulmarg Gondola, one of the highest cable car projects in Asia, offering mesmerizing views of the valley below. It takes you in two phases to Apharwat Peak at 4230 meters, where you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas.
  • Apharwat Peak: Apharwat Peak is the destination point of Phase 2 of the Gondola ride. Here, you can enjoy a plethora of winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, and sledding. During summer,  you can indulge in trekking, mountain biking, and zorbing (rolling down a hill in an inflatable ball).
  • Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve:  Explore Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, a heaven for nature lovers.  Home to diverse flora and fauna, including rare birds, musk deer, and Himalayan brown bears, the biosphere reserve offers a unique opportunity to witness the rich biodiversity of the region.
  • Outer Circle Walk:  Embark on a leisurely walk or a mountain bike ride on the Outer Circle Walk, a scenic path that encircles Gulmarg meadows.  The path offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
  • Gulmarg Golf Course:  Play a round of golf at the world's highest green golf course, the Gulmarg Golf Course.  Established in 1928, the 18-hole course is a paradise for golfers, offering stunning views of the Himalayas as a backdrop.
  • Strawberry Valley:  Hike to Strawberry Valley during the summer months to experience a visual treat.  This valley transforms into a carpet of red strawberries, perfect for those who love to indulge in nature's bounty.
  • St. Mary's Church:  Visit St. Mary's Church, a beautiful Anglican church built in the European style in 1895. The church offers a serene atmosphere and is a great place to reflect and unwind.
  • Baba Reshi Shrine: Pay homage at the Baba Reshi Shrine, a revered Sufi shrine dedicated to 14th-century saint  Baba Reshi.  The shrine is a beautiful example of Kashmiri architecture and offers a glimpse into the region's spiritual heritage.
  • Other Activities:  In addition to the above, Gulmarg offers a variety of other activities for visitors, including horse riding, pony rides, and exploring local villages to experience the Kashmiri way of life.

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Gulmarg Facts

Gulmarg, meaning "meadow of flowers" in Kashmiri, is a scenic hill station located in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas in the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.  Nicknamed "Crown of Kashmir," Gulmarg is enveloped with meadows of vibrant flowers,  snow-capped mountains, and offers a plethora of activities for tourists throughout the year. Gulmarg has been a resort for the kings like Yousuf Shah Chak and Jahangir who used to visit frequently. The old name of Gulmarg was “Gaurimarg”, the name of Lord Shiva’s wife. Yousuf Shah Chak changed its name to Gulmarg, meaning the place of roses. During the early part of the 20th century the famous Central Asian explorer Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862–1943), made his home here in a tent between his expeditions. It was a favourite summer holiday destination for the British stationed in India

How to Reach

Flight
Flight By Air

The nearest airport to Gulmarg is in Srinagar which is 56 kilometres away. It is a domestic airport and is well connected to major cities in India by regular flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Amritsar. Outside the airport, you can hire a prepaid cab which will cost you around Rs. 1500 one-way. You can also hire a shared taxi which will cost less.

Train
Train By Train

Jammu is the nearest railway station, at a distance of 290 kilometres. Jammu railway station is well connected to the most of the railheads in major Indian cities. Some of the popular trains are Jammu Rajdhani, Himgiri Express, Swarak Express, Andaman Express and Himsagar Express which connects the farthest railhead in Trivandrum city.

Car
Car By Road

Gulmarg is 57 kilometres from Srinagar and although it can be reached in 1-2 hours, it takes more time due to the winding high altitude roads. It is recommended that you update your car with specially equipped tyres to drive in this region.

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