Gulmarg; the one destination that offers a tough competition to the fascinating Swiss Alps in the entire world, is one of the jewels of Jammu and Kashmir. Located at a fascinating height of 2,690m above the sea level, this picturesque hill station is popularly known as the ‘Meadow of Flowers’ and is further adorned by the magical beauty of the mighty Himalayan Range.
A retreat since the Mughal Era, Gulamrg also allured the British officials during the Colonial Times. Its flamboyant beauty and exuberant charm still entices a large number of tourists from various corners of the world. Be it the usual travellers, nature lovers, adventure junkies or thrill seekers, this stunning hill station is a treat for all!
Acclaimed as the ‘Heartland of Winter Sports in India’ by CNN, Gulmarg truly stands up to the expectation. Home to the most fascinating cable car ride in India and the second highest in the entire world, this scenic hill station is also considered as the ‘Mecca of Skiing in India’. Its captivating snow clad hills and mountains has given rise to the popularity of several other outdoor and adventurous sports in the country. Well, if you still think Gulmarg is a paradise for the thrill lovers, you will definitely be wrong as this gorgeous hill station is also the home to one of the highest golf courses in the world.
Best Time to Visit
Gulmarg experiences three different seasons in a year: Summer, Winter and Monsoon. Summer usually begins in March and continues till May. The hill station experiences a minimum of 13 degrees and a maximum of 29 degrees during this span of time. With the entire valley in its most gracious form, it attracts a large number of tourists during this period.
Monsoon usually starts by the end of July and continues till late August. The region do not experiences heavy rainfall and can also be visited during this season. On the other hand, winters in Gulmarg begins by November and continues till early March. The advent of the winters bring in an essence of wanderlust and also makes Gulmarg a paradise for all sorts of winter sports.
Places to Visit in Gulmarg
01 Apharwat Peak:
Mostly known with the skiers, the Aphawat Peak is one of the most attractive points in Gulmarg. Located within a close proximity to the scenic Alpathar Lake, this peak is around 13km from the hill station and can be easily reached. While during the winters, the peak remains cossetted with an enchanting blanket of snow, summers bring in a different grandeur. During this part of the year, the peak showcases the many different shades of the nature and wears one of its best looks!
02 Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve:
Located at a distance of 48km from Jammu and Kashmir’s capital city Srinagar, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve is the one destination, the nature lovers cannot miss at any cost! Home to some of the exotic and endangered species of flora and fauna, this reserve is more known to be the abode of the Musk Deer and a wide range of avifauna. Among the other exotic species, the reserve has a significant population of Leopard, Black Deer, Red Fox and several others. For the bird watchers, they can delight on species like Blue Rock Pigeon, Griffon Vulture, Snow Cock, Jungle Crow and others.
03 Gulmarg Golf Course:
More than a golf course, it is a dream destination for the golfers. Whether a golfer or not, a visit to this remarkable site is a must in the Gulmarg itinerary. Measuring around 7,505 yards and perched at a height 2,650m, the golf course is tucked away amidst lush and evergreen thickets; this also makes it one of the most gorgeous courses in the world.
04 Ningle Nallah:
A dazzling piece of beauty amidst the snow clad hills and mountains of Gulmarg, Ningle Nallah is located around 10km from the hill station. With the melting snow from the Apharwat Peak as its source, this enchanting stream finally meets the Jhelum River. Lush and deciduous pine forests, colourful patches of grasslands around the stream and the fascinating hills jotting the stream makes it a must visit place in Gulmarg.
05 Other Places to Visit in Gulmarg Includes:
Kanchenjunga Museum, Nagin Valley, Khilanmarg, Avantiswami Temple, St. Mary’s Church, Alpather Lake, Lienmarg, Ferozepur Nallah, Imambara Goom
Things to do in Gulmarg
- Cable Car Ride or the Gulmarg Gondola
- Skiing at Khilanmarg
- Local Shopping
- Attend Snow Festival
Other Nearby Tourist Attractions
- Srinagar (50km)
- Khilanmarg (6km)
- Tangmarg (13km)
- Palhalan (42km)
- Magam (18km)
- Sonmarg (126km)