Gulmarg is a town and hill station in Baramula district of Jammu and Kashmir, India. This is one of the Skiing destinations. Name of this town was given in 16th century by Sultan Yusuf Shah. This was the favourite hangout for Jahangir, Mughal Emperor. Once he collected 21 different varieties of flowers from this place. Beauty of this place is exceptional. Highest Golf course in the world is located here.
What to see in Gulmarg:
Golf Course: Golf Course located in Gulmarg is the highest green golf course in the world. It is 18 whole golf courses. This is managed by Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation. In India, this is the most beautiful golf course. It was opened in 1904. This consists of inclines and slopes.
Gulmarg Ski Area: In this region, snow fall is heavy. This makes it a favourite ski area for Indian as well as to the foreigners. Other activists of this place are snow bobbing, snow scooters, tobogganing. Apart from adventurous activities, this region is also famous for Apharwat Peak, Golf Course, Baba Reshi Shrine, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, St.Mary’s Church, Alpather Lake, Imambara Goom etc.
Gondola Lift: It is the only cable car system in Asia. This is located in Gondola village of Gulmarg with a backdrop of Himalayan Peaks.
Khilanmarg: It is the small valley where Gulmarg’s winter ski runs. During the spring season, Carpeted flowers can be seen here. Meadow offers beauty of Kashmir Valley and surrounding peaks.
Baba Reshi Shrine: This is dedicated to Baba Reshi. During the reign of King Zain-ul-Abidin, he acted as major courtier. This mosque dates back to 1480.
Other attractions in Gulmarg: Other attractions in Gulmarg are Gulmarg Biosphere Reserves, Maharani Temple, Cable car to Kongdoor, Fishing pond, St.Mary’s Church.
What to see around Gulmarg:
Alpather Lake: It is located 13kms away from Gulmarg. This is in triangle shape. Snow capped terrains and scenic hills can be seen on the backdrop of the lake.
Tangmarg: It is famous for handicrafts works. Other attractions of this place are Baba Reshi Shrine, Waters meet and Ferozpore Nallah. It is located 13kms away from Gulmarg.
Magam: It is located in Budgam district which is situated 18kms away from Gulmarg. Library situated here is the largest and biggest library in Jammu and Kashmir. Best collection of audio cassettes, CD’s, Literature books, Islamic books can be seen here. Library also helps poor and orphans. Market in Magam is the largest market in Budgam district.
Pattam: It is a historical town which was established in 9th century by famous Hindu Raja Shankarvarman. It is located 40kms away from Gulmarg. This town has largest market of fruits, cattle and cotton.
Palhalan: During the British period of Independence struggle this place also played a major role. It is located 42kms away from Gulmarg.
Other attractions near Gulmarg: Other attractions near Gulmarg are Drung, Apharwat Peak, Ningle Nallah, Outer Circle walk, Banibal Nag, Kookernag.
Getting to Gulmarg: Gulmarg is well connected with road ways. From all the major cities of Jammu and Kashmir, buses come to this place. Nearest railway head is located in Jammu. Nearest airport is located in Srinagar which is 57kms away from Gulmarg. All the major city airports are well connected with Srinagar airport.
Getting around Gulmarg: Best way to explore the place is on foot. Nearby places of Gulmarg can be seen through bus or by using Taxis.
Best time to Visit Gulmarg: Best time to visit Gulmarg is from May to September. Best time for Skiing and other activities are between November to February.
Where to stay in Gulmarg: Plenty of accommodations available including luxury hotels. During the peak season it is advisable to book the rooms in advance.
Where to eat in Gulmarg: Plenty of restaurants are available to have food in Gulmarg. Famous food of this place is Rogan Josh.