Location : 56-km South West Of Srinagar , Kashmir Region, J&K
Altitude : 2730 meters
State : Jammu and Kashmir
Major Attractions : Skiing
Best Time to Visit : Throughout the year
The Meadow of Flowers
Gulmarg a prime location in the state of Jammu & Kashmir is about 52 Kms. from Srinagar , the capital of Jammu & Kashmir. At an altitude of 2,653 m., Gulmarg is exquisitely situated in a pine surrounded basin of the Pir Panjal range. Gulmarg or the `Meadow of Flowers' is a lovely blooming sight where an opulence of flora displays various colours with the changing seasons.
Gulmarg's astounding beauty, prime location and closeness to Srinagar naturally make it one of the prime hill stations in the country. Originally called ‘Gaurimarg' by shepherds, its present name was given in the 16th century by Sultan Yusuf Shah, who was impressed by the sight of its green slopes embellished with wild flowers. Today, Gulmarg is not only a mountain resort of exemplary beauty - it also has the highest green golf course in the world, at an altitude of 2,650 m, and is the country's major ski resort in the winter.
The Major Fascinations at Gulmarg
Golf Club : Gulmarg boasts of a magnificent grassy golf course that is the world's highest too. One can even hire the golf sets from Gulmarg too. The Golf Club offers short-term memberships to the players.
Trekking : Gulmarg is an excellent base for trekking in the northern Pir Panjal Range. Nanga Parbat can be viewed to the north from several view points, including Khilanmarg, west and over 1,500 feet up the woody hillside from Gulmarg.
Skiing : Gulmarg is amongst the best skiing resorts in India. Gulmarg is also a good skiing sight for learners. Ski enthusiasts can easily get all required gear and equipments as well as professional ski instructors in Gulmarg, to try out a hand on skiing. The longest ski run in Gulmarg is provide by the Gondola Cable Car Lift, where skiers can swoosh down the slopes from the height of 2, 213m.
Excursions from Gulmarg
Gulmarg Biosphere Reserves : This is located at a distance of 48-km from Srinagar, to the southwest of Gulmarg. It is famous for storing several rare and endangered species such as the musk deer, and a brilliant and varied fauna.
Alpather Lake : This lake is frozen until mid-June and even later in the year one can see rocks of ice floating in its cold waters.
How to Get There
Air : Gulmarg is in Baramula District and is 56-kms from Srinagar and Sonamar is 81-km from Srinagar . The nearest Airport is situated in Badgam District, which is well connected with all the major cities of India .
Rail : The nearest railhead is at Jammu.
Road : All sorts of transport are available to Gulmarg from Srinagar bus stand at Batmallo and from private transport operators. Bus services to Sonamarg are available from Srinagar and Anantnag.
Places To Stay
There are numerous hotels of various standards available for accommodation purpose in Gulmarg, some of them being luxury, several being comfortable in addition to JKTDC's winterized, fully furnished huts, which are great value for money. Assistance for booking accommodation can be had from the booking manager at Tourist reception centre in Srinagar .