It will not be too far fetched, if we call Gulmarg a paradise on Earth. Gulmarg is aptly named, which means the meadow of flowers. Located in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Gulmarg is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. You can visit this travel destination almost all the year but the summers remain more pleasant and draw in large number of tourists. It has been pointed out as one of the best ski destination in the world.
From Srinagar, Gulmarg can be easily accessible. It will take hardly 1 hour by car or bus to reach this beautiful destination. You have to cross many army checkpoints, which add to the journey time. The Gulmarg hill top will give you breathtaking view of the whole area. You have to get down at Tangmarg, while coming from Srinagar and from there on take a car to reach Gulmarg.
Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir owns the largest and the longest cable car projects in the world. Known as Gulmarg Gondola, there are two stage ropeway ferries that are operation in this place. It crosses amore than 600 people every hour to and from Kongdoori Mountain. This cable car project is a joint business enterprise of the government of Jammu and Kashmir and French firm Pomagalski.
If you love adventure then, Gulmarg is the place for you. Skiing is the major sport that is widely indulged by the tourists. Skiing facilities are offered from mid-December to mid-May. For the skiing novices, there are separate areas provided. Kongdoori with Merry Shoulder peak is one of them. Gulmarg has been chosen as a probable host for the 2010 Commonwealth Winter Games.
Accommodation in Gulmarg is never an issue. You can find around 40 hotels in the whole of the town. To meet the individual needs of the tourists, you can find hotels of various categories. December to April remains the peak season when the tourists pour in Gulmarg.
During the time of blooming, the meadow remains covered with flowers of various types, colors and varieties. Here, you can find colorful and beautiful bluebells, daisies, forget me not's and buttercups. Go for hiking along the mountain path and explore the mysteries and beauty of Himalayas along the way.