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Gulmarg, “Meadow of Flowers “ was discovered in 16th century.
Gulmarg is a hill station in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The town, nestled in the Himalayas, and very close to the Line
of Control receives heavy snowfall in winters and is a popular
ski resort. Historians describe the famous love couples, Habba
Khatoum poetess of Kashmir and King Yousuf Shah Chak, and
Jehangir and Noor Jehan visiting Gulmarg for enjoying life,
Gulmarg is on full bloom during the Summer with flowers like
bluebells and daisies. Horse riding and Buggy Ride in Gulmarg
is a delightful experience.
Gulmarg boasts of the world’s highest and Asia’s longest cable
car project Gulmarg Gondola. The ropeway, which has 36 cabins,
ferries about 600 tourists to and fro the Afarwat peak and
comprises 35 towers and 30 stations and takes skiers to a
height of 4,390 mt. The ropeway project is a joint venture of
the Jammu and Kashmir government and French firm Poma Glaski.
The cable car, which has been extended further by 2.65 km,
connects the bowl-shaped Kongdoori Valley at 10,000 ft (3,930
mt) with Afarwat, situated 13 km from Gulmarg, and at an
altitude of 13,400 ft (4,390 mt). The second phase from
Kangdoori to Afarwat was finished well ahead of time.
The second phase from Kongdoori to Afarwat (about 5 km) was
completed in a record time of about two years at a cost of Rs
11 crore and opened on May 28 last year. The French company
had also built the first phase of the cable car project,
connecting Gulmarg to Kongdoori, in 1998.
White Christmas celebration and winter festival including
ski competitions are held every year in Gulmarg with much fan
Gulmarg gets snowfall periodically from November to April,
sometimes above 15 ft and mostly gets the first and last
snowfall of the Valley.
Gulmarg has an old St. Mary’s Church atop a meadow built
in 1902, Rani Temple near the main market and the Maharaja
palace a few meters away from Circular Road. A newly developed
Lake and Children’s park is quite fascinating.
Alapathar Lake: 843 mtrs, 13 km is a one day trek from Gulmarg via Khilanmarg
and 1.5 km 3walk form Gandola Phase II top at Apharawat.
Tangmarg : 32 km is the famous stopover enroot to Gulmarg. Connecting
Culmarg by a 13 metal road and an exciting 5 km trekking
route, During Winters, warm clothes, long boots and water
proofs are available on hire.
Ziarat of Bab Rishi : 8 km from Gulmarg, is the famous
shrine of noted Muslim saint Bab Payam ud Din RH.
Please Click Here to Big Picture -January SeasonIn winter,
Gulmarg acquires a new persona - that of the country's premier
skiing resorts. Skiing, to many who watch it on TV, seems like
a very elitist sport, requiring a high level of training and
expensive equipment. They are surprised, when they visit
Gulmarg for a day's expedition to "see the snow", that others
with the same level of physical fitness and training are
skiing down slopes. Gulmarg is the ultimate beginner's skiing
resort. One doesn't requite a heavy woolen wardrobe - slacks
or a Salwar Kameez will do fine. In Gulmarg one will also be
able to drift to one of the many Ski shops and hire skis,
sticks and goggles. Just find yourself a ski instructor and
set off down a slope.
Neither does one need to exert oneself climbing up slopes. The
gentlest slope of 200m is linked with a ski lift, which helps
one to go up. When one graduates to intermediate level - which
will happen after the first few days of practice, there are
other slopes, longer and steeper, which are connected by chair
lift. The longest ski run in Gulmarg is provided by the
Gondola cable car, which allows a ski run of 2,213m.
Outer Circular Walk:
A circular road, 11-km in length, runs right round Gulmarg
through pleasant pine forests with excellent views over the
Kashmir valley. Nanga Parbat is clearly visible 137-km to the
north, Haramukh 60-km to the east while to the south one can
see the Ferozpore and Sunset Peaks and the Apharwat Ridge.
Nanga Parbat, the 'lord of the mountains', is the fourth
highest peak on earth at 8,500 metres.
HOW TO GET THERE
Air: Gulmarg is in Baramula District and is 56-kms from
Srinagar District . The nearest Airport from here is situated
in Badgam District, which is well connected with all the major
cities of the country.
Rail: The nearest railhead is at Jammu.
Road: The journey from Srinagar to Gulmarg takes
approximately 2 hours in bus and may take short time by
chartered conveyance. The road to Gulmarg is very beautiful
and is lined with poplar trees all through. All sorts of
transport are available to Gulmarg from Srinagar bus stand at
Batmallo and from private transport operators.