Gulmarg is one of the
beautiful place that can be visited in Kashmir valley.
Gulmarg literally means the meadow of flowers. Originally,
Gulmarg was called Gaurimarg, named after Shiva’s coasts.
Gulmarg's legendary beauty,
Gulmarg in Winters
prime location and proximity to Srinagar make
it one of the premier hill resort in the country. Gulmarg,
the hill resort is located only 52 km. to the south west of
Srinagar in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Gulmarg is situated at an altitude of 2730 meters above sea
level and has a gently sloping topography. Its present name
'Gulmarg' was given in the 16th century by Sultan Yusuf
Shah, who was inspired by the sight of its grassy slopes
filled with wild flowers. Gulmarg was a favourite haunt of
Emperor Jehangir who once collected 21 different varieties
of flowers from here. During the colonial rule over India,
the British discovered the hill resort of Gulmarg in 1927.
Gulmarg also hosted the British Resident and his fellow
Europeans. Gulmarg attracts various tourists due to its
natural beauty. The snow-clad peaks and the lovely
landscapes of Gulmarg have provided background for several
Bollywood ventures. Today Gulmarg is not merely a hill
resort - but it also has the highest green golf course in
the world, at an altitude of 2,650 m and also the Asia's
only heli-skiing resort in the winter. There is immense
beauty and various adventure activities that make Gulmarg
more than a cool hill resort. It is a convenient base for
trek to the Himalayas and also offers various winter sports
facilities to the tourists. Gulmarg can be visited
throughout the year. The winter months from November to
February are ideal for skiing. The months from May to
September are pleasant to visit the place.
Gondola Lift Ride
For a fun-filled ride of a most unusual kind, Gulmarg's
newly constructed Gondola lift through pine-clad slopes is
an experience of a lifetime. This Gondola will take you up
above 15,000 feet and is one of the highest in the world.
Here, you can touch the skies and merge with the clouds.
Khilanmarg is the famous spot for skiing in winters.
From Khilanmarg, you can enjoy the views of the Kashmir
valley and the Himalayan range. It takes a couple of hours
by pony, to reach Kilanmarg as it is slightly longer on
The Wular Lake is situated on the route from Gulmarg to
Srinagar on Baramula Road at Sangrama. The Wular lake is the
largest fresh-water lake in Kashmir and the second largest
in India. It looks like the Genevo Lake of Switzerland. It
has a beautiful setting, with Haramuk Mountain at its head.
The sunset at the lake is breathtaking.
The Manasbal lake is situated only a few kilometers away
from the Wular lake. It is known for its lotus blossoms.
is for golfing that Gulmarg has long been famous. There is
also a green 18-hole golf course in Gulmarg which is also
the world's highest golf course. The Gulmarg Golf Club has
been in existence for over a hundred years and there are
records, dating from that time, which make fascinating
reading. The Clubhouse itself, reminiscent of a Swiss chalet
with its quaintly sloping roof, has a rare old character.
The Golf Club offers short-term memberships to the players.
The payment of a fee entitles one to play on the golf
course. One can also hire the golf sets from Gulmarg.
Gulmarg also offers
some excellent opportunities for long walks. Walking along Gulmarg’s circular path you only have to look down to have a
complete view of the valley including Srinagar. A fine view
can also be had of Nanga Parbat, the naked mountain which is
over 26,000 feet and dominates the entire region.
Skiing & Winter Sports
Gulmarg is the main skiing resort for the adventure
lovers. Some of the best slopes in the country for beginners
and intermediate skiers are available at Gulmarg. The slopes
in Gulmarg varies between 8,700 and 10,500 feet and are the
highest skis in India. The skis, sticks, snow boots, woolen
socks, mufflers, windproof jackets, goggles, caps and
various other equipments are available on hire from the
Ski-Shop in Gulmarg.