Gulmarg a prime location in the state of Jammu & Kashmir is about 52 Kms. from Srinagar, the capital of Jammu & Kashmir. At an altitude of 2,653 m., Gulmarg is exquisitely situated in a pine surrounded basin of the Pir Panjal range. Gulmarg or the `Meadow of Flowers’ is a lovely blooming sight where an opulence of flora displays various colours with the changing seasons.
Gulmarg’s astounding beauty, prime location and closeness to Srinagar naturally make it one of the prime hill stations in the country. Originally called ‘Gaurimarg’ by shepherds, its present name was given in the 16th century by Sultan Yusuf Shah, who was impressed by the sight of its green slopes embellished with wild flowers. Today, Gulmarg is not only a mountain resort of exemplary beauty – it also has the highest green golf course in the world, at an altitude of 2,650 m, and is the country’s major ski resort in the winter.
Location : Gulmarg is located in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir.
At an amazing altitude of 2730 meters above sea level the hill resort has a gently sloping topography. Gulmarg is 57 km southwest from the capital city of Srinagar and is close to the Indo-Pakistan border.
Altitude : 2730 meters
Major Attractions : Skiing, Golfing, Gondola Ride
Best Time to Visit : Throughout the year
Arriving at Gulmarg
By Flight : The airport at Srinagar at 57 km is nearest to Gulmarg. The airport caters to the air transport to the hill resort. Regular flights connect Srinagar with the other major cities in India.
The Trackways : The railway station in Jammu is the nearest to Gulmarg that caters to the rail transport to the hill resort.
The Major Fascinations at Gulmarg
Golf Club, Gulmarg TravelsGolf Club : Gulmarg boasts of a magnificent grassy golf course that is the world’s highest too. One can even hire the golf sets from Gulmarg too. The Golf Club offers short-term memberships to the players.
Trekking : Gulmarg is an excellent base for trekking in the northern Pir Panjal Range. Nanga Parbat can be viewed to the north from several view points, including Khilanmarg, west and over 1,500 feet up the woody hillside from Gulmarg.
Skiing : Gulmarg is amongst the best skiing resorts in India. Gulmarg is also a good skiing sight for learners. Ski enthusiasts can easily get all required gear and equipments as well as professional ski instructors in Gulmarg, to try out a hand on skiing. The longest ski run in Gulmarg is provide by the Gondola Cable Car Lift, where skiers can swoosh down the slopes from the height of 2, 213m.
Excursions from Gulmarg
Gulmarg Biosphere Reserves : This is located at a distance of 48-km from Srinagar, to the southwest of Gulmarg. It is famous for storing several rare and endangered species such as the musk deer, and a brilliant and varied fauna.
Alpather Lake : This lake is frozen until mid-June and even later in the year one can see rocks of ice floating in its cold waters.