Jammu & Kashmir Gulmarg Hill Station
Gulmarg¬† means a lowland filled with¬† flowers. It is a giant of an¬† hill station of the ¬†Baramula district ¬†of Jammu and Kashmir the northern state of India. Earlier known as Gaurimarg, which refers to Goddess Parvati, Lord Shiva‚Äôs wife, located at an altitude of 2730 meters. King¬† Yousaf Shah Chak gave the place its name Gulmarg.
Being an spectacular tourist destination for all types of tourists the reason being its verdant vegetation , scenic beauty ¬†and lots of flowers, calm lakes and natural waterfalls. It is surrounded by majestic Himalayan peaks.
During earlier times Gulmarg served as an important pleasure resort for the king and his family as well as for the British officers before independence. of the early 20th century Sir Marc Aural Stein a well known central explorer used Gulmarg as his halting location during his expeditions. The famous Mughal Emperor Jehangir visited it frequently.
The place is endowed with nature‚Äôs beauty at its maximum by the presence of flowers, gardens and sweet smell of them fills the surrounding captivating the attention of the onlookers. Gulmarg serves as one of the best ski resorts of the country due to heavy rainfall mainly during winter. A few best skiing slopes are inhabitants of this region.
The gods have been quite generous towards Gulmarg of making it one of the most beautiful places of this world. The peace one experiences here and the tranquilizing effect it has on one‚Äôs mind is beyond the expression of words. IT has the honor of having the world‚Äôs longest and present at a very high altitude cable car project of the continent. The ride of the car can enthrall anyone and unforgettable.
How To Reach
Gulmarg By Air
Srinagar is the nearest airport just 56 km away from it. ¬†Private vehicles like¬† jeeps and Small Taxi cabs are travel options ¬†from airport to Gulmarg, which will loosen your purse strings by ¬†Rs 1,000 ‚Äď Rs 1,200. Srinagar is properly ¬†connected by air to Delhi with¬† regular flights¬† and with¬† other major ¬†Indian cities.
Gulmarg By Train
Jammu is the nearest railway station. It is connected by network of rail to major cities of India;¬† direct train services ¬†are also ¬†available from ¬†other northern cities.
Gulmarg By Bus
IT has a well-developed bus service as buses ply from all major cities to Gulmarg. One¬† can also avail the State buses and Private buses to reach Gulmarg from various parts of Jammu and Kashmir.
Places To Visit
The flower carpeted valley is just a ¬†6-km walk away from ¬†Gulmarg. It is the official site for ski runs of this hill station. IT also has a rich natural beauty¬†¬† overlooking the Kashmir Valley.
Far from Khilanmarg, 13-km ¬†away from Gulmarg at the foothills of the twin mountains 4,511 meter heighted Apharwat peaks, this lake is remains covered with ice¬† till mid-June and also¬† of later season¬† of the year the view of floating ice on the surface attracts tourists.
The Ningli Nallah
This beautiful mountain stream situated just 8-km from the hilly Gulmarg. IT runs down the valley and falls of the Jhelum River close to ¬†Sopur. ¬†A grass covered valley becomes a favorite picnic place.
Along the¬† Tangmarg road, or along the Outer Circular Walk, the beautiful mountain stream joins the Bahan River to form a famous gathering spot .¬† The stream is very famous to be a good for trout fishing; it is only five km below the valley of Gulmarg but is near to ¬†Tangmarg.
Shrine Of Baba Reshi / Ziarat Of Baba Reshi
This Muslim religious hub is along the slopes down to Gulmarg and it can be accessed from either Gulmarg or Tangmarg. The Ziarat, the tomb, is a place where a famous Muslim saint was buried after his death of 1480.
Weather And Best Time To Visit
of all seasons Gulmarg remains a perfect tourist destination . It has refreshing and nice summer (March-May) when temperature remains between 13¬įC - 29¬įC. Winter season is from November to February and is not very cold and remains pleasant as temperature ranges between only2¬įC to 9¬įC. Extreme snow fall is one of themarked characteristic of this place. Rainfall during monsoons are generally moderate.
Snowboarding along with long-run Skiing are famous winter sports.
Best season for¬† visiting¬† is usually between¬† March and October.¬† Winter visit are good if one want to participate of sporting activities.
Language And Culture
Gulmarg creates an impression of a mystical place. Two different culture persists on each side of an invisible line that divides two countries and the place which has witnessed a 150 years long¬† battle for the land as their identity . Ironically, the world‚Äôs most beautiful place can be the cause of so much of bloodshed.¬† But the people have remained true to their identity preserving their cultural heritage and surviving by their handicraft skills and Tourism responsible for keeping the economy afloat.
Kashmiri and also the national language of India, Hindi is spoken.
JKTDC has a building at Gulmarg which is a historical one and a landmark of its own. The Hutments sparsely built on the lush green meadows within the pine vegetation, offers a breathtaking view of entire Gulmarg. They have recently started 4 bedroom Royal Huts just across Gulmarg Golf Course.
Festivals And Activities
An important festival is the snow festival enjoyed with a lot of enthusiasm. It is celebrated annually of the beginning of January to February of Gulmarg.
With a lot of pomp and splendor Christmas festival and ski competition are organized every year.
Skiing And Heliskiing
One of the continents‚Äô popular Heli-skiing resort is located at Gulmarg district of Kashmir. As soon as December arrives the lush green slopes get covered with white snow, and gives shape to finest slopes ideal for levels of ski runs.
Gulmarg ¬†also has ¬†Cable Car ride facility, ¬†popularly called the Gondola Lift/Ride situated1 km west to Gulmarg‚Äôs bus stand.¬† The State Cable Car Corporations is responsible for maintaining Gulmarg Cable Car ride.
The ride consists of two parts‚Äď 1.Gulmarg to Kongdori and2. Kongdori to Apherwat. The Gondola during the journey passes overlarge stretches of pine forests. The ride starts from an altitude of about ¬†2690 m above the ¬†sea level and finally reach up to 3090 m till the ride ends at ¬†Kongdoor.
Gulmarg is one of the famous trekking base present of the mountains of Himalaya. There are a lot of trekking trails that provides medium to difficult adventurous trekking starts from the hilly regions of Gulmarg. ¬†Many resorts offers supports and¬† also guides for guidance during the expeditions.
Gulmarg Golf Club, was found of 1911. This large golf club has18 holes ¬†and also 72 par golf course which makes golf an interesting sport for the rich and the affluent.
Gulmar Sahara Hotel
Near Gulmarg Bus Stand, Gulmarg - 901954 Jammu and Kashmir
Hotel Zahgeer Continental
1st Point, Gulmarg (Kashmir) Gulmarg - 190001, Jammu and Kashmir
Entry Point, Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir - 193403
Hotel Highland Park
Gulmarg, Gulmarg - 193403, Jammu and Kashmir
Pine Palace Heritage Resort
Near the Gondola, Gulmarg - 901043, Jammu and Kashmir
Gulmarg¬† being¬† a very small¬† town¬† does not need any means of transportation. As most of the part of the town remain blanketed by snow for almost whole of the year, vehicles can‚Äôt be on this slippery path. The closest airport is Srinagar and travelers can hire a taxi only from the road. Their charge is around Rs 950 only for the whole trip. Taxis are also available for advance booking. Normally charges are Rs 1,250 ¬†as the airport charges Rs 300 for parking.
Taxis can be availed from the are airport. Taxis can be booked from TRC taxis stand (Phone No-91 0194 245 2527). Advance booking by the help of ¬†TRC stand is one of the best options.Srinagar, the nearest railway station, and¬† ticketscan be booked of advance.
The two important means to transverse across the city are 1. by Foot and 2. By sledge
The sledges can be availed even during off season and they are a very fun filled way to travel around Gulmarg.
But walking is the most convenient way as all places are accessible by foot only as the road remains permanently covered with snow.
Khilanmarg near Gulmarg is also the favorite spot for skiing of winters and a good picnic spot for all seasons. One can enjoy the scenes of the Kashmir valley and the peaks of the Himalayan range from this place. It‚Äôs a two hour ride by pony, as it is quite far on foot.
Srinagar (1,730m) which isthecapital of Jammu and Kashmir , the largest city of the state is popular for its water canals houseboat ride and lavish Mughal gardens. Here one can spend some hours just by sightseeing along the ¬†river Jhelum and looking at the quaint city.
Gulmarg, ¬†in Jammu and Kashmir is an ultimate adventure destination of the obscure Himalayas and a¬† limited variety when ¬†it comes to options related to ¬†shopping. Though numerous stores of the town sells carpets, clothes etc. but the costs are comparatively more than that of Srinagar.
Gulmarg is one of the best places for garment purchasing, Khan cloth House sells a wide variety of regional dresses with a fusion of west like Kashmiri¬† Faran, pashminas and other clothing. Ladakh Art Palace is¬† a hub for jewellery , antiques and handicrafts. Linen products and carpets can be found at Faiz Shawls situated by the Ladakh Art Palace.