Gulmarg - The Meadow of Flowers
If you are planning a Trip to Gulmarg in this winter and want to enjoy the beauty of Kashmir in winter with the snow blanket all over the places you visit, the paradise of the earth, as well as to see and experience the fresh snow falling from the height, then winter is the right time when you should pack your bag for Kashmir and experience snowfall in Gulmarg
Gulmarg is a beautiful and famous Ski Resort and hill station in Jammu and Kashmir, which is everyone’s favorite tourist spot. Gulmarg in Baramulla district of Kashmir becomes even more beautiful during the winter season.
Gulmarg has one of the highest golf courses in the world and the famous ski resort is also located around the world,
Gulmarg is counted among the best places in the world in terms of skiing and other winter sports
The main attraction is the gondola. Finished in 2004, it runs up to 3,995 meters. A sight-seeing trip to the top of the gondola will cost you ₹740 for Stage One (Gulmarg to Kungdoor) and ₹950 for Stage Two (Kungdoor to Apparwath) for a return trip; singles (for skiers, for example) are half the price, with a day pass available for ₹1,200. You can decide whether you wish to go to Stage Two when you have reached Stage One. Stage Two is at a much higher elevation, right on the hill top, and is clearly visible from the Gulmarg taxi stand. The hills visible from the top are said to be LOC and Pakistan-administered Kashmir (specifically Nanga Parbat and (supposedly) the very tip of K2)
Major tourist attractions in Gulmarg:
1) Alpather Lake.
Popularly known as the frozen lake the Alpather Lake is situated at an altitude of 4390 m and is located at the foot of the twin Apharwat Peaks. The lake is surrounded by rocky mountains and lush green meadows, complete with blooming wild flowers. It is located very near the Line of Control (LOC) between India and Pakistan and camping is not allowed on the banks of the lake. The lake is connected to Gulmarg by road however the road is for military purposes and civilians are not allowed on the road. The lake is at a distance of 14 km from Gulmarg and is best reached by cable car (Gondola). The lake is about 3 km from the last cable stop beneath the Afarwat Peak. Ponies and guides are available but in snow free condition the path is well marked.
2) Gondola Cable Car to Kongdori.
The two-stage high altitude cable car is popularly known as Gondola. The first phase operates from Gulmarg to Kongdori. The second phase starts from Kongdori and goes up to the shoulder of Afarwat Peak. Kongdori is connected to the beautiful meadows of Khilanmarg (3 km one way). The second and the higher stops connect to Alpathar Lake, an high altitude lake, which remains frozen for most part of the year. (To book The Gondola cable you need to book online from their website Jammukashmircablecar.comhttp://Jammukashmircablecar.com as offline tickets has been stopped from 2022 Jan or you can contact our sales team to get your gondola booked without any hassle.)
3) Gulmarg Golf Club.
The golf course sits at a height of 2,650 metres (8,690 ft) above sea level, is the highest golf course in the world. It started as a-6 hole golf course in 1890. Over the years the course has been extended and modified several times. It now has an 18-hole golf course. The golf club is housed in a beautiful, cottage-style wooden building.
4) Maharani Temple.
The Siva temple is located atop a small hillock and is visible from all over Gulmarg. The temple dates back to 1915 and was built by Mohini Bai Sisodhia, wife of the last king of Kashmir Hari Singh. Since built by the queen it is known as the Maharani Temple Temple Photo By (Divya Gupta via Wikimedia Commons
5) St. Mary’s Church.
The St Mary’s Church is located in the valley of Shepherds in Gulmarg. The church dates back to 1902. The brick built structure is topped with a green metallic thached roof. The interiors are complete with wood panels and a beautiful stained glass window
6) Hari Singh Gulmarg Palace.
The 8700 sq ft Palace was built by Maharaja Hari Singh, the last Maharaja of erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir in early 19th century.
The Maharaja Palace houses some of the masterpiece artefacts of the Maharaja reign
YouTube Video of Hari Singh Palace in Gulmarg