Discovered long back in the 16th century, Gulmarg truly stands by its name “Meadow of Flowers”. The place presents a complete bloom-shower in the summer season with beautiful flowers like daisies and blue bells.
Yes, it is a hill station and also popular skiing destination in Jammu and Kashmir. Together with Srinagar and Pahalgam, Gulmarg forms the most popular or the golden triangle of tourism in Kashmir. Of the many things and activities that you could indulge in, we bring to you the list of most famous places to visit in Gulmarg.
The place is well-known for having the world’s highest and Asia’s longest cable car project which is called ‘Gulmarg Gondola’. No, this is not all! Gulmarg has much more to offer when it comes to sightseeing. To make it easier for you, we have a mini guide which will help you know more about this beautiful place.
What makes you visit Gulmarg?
- This ski resort is the perfect summer holiday destination and is just 46 kms from Srinagar.
- Gulmarg provides with the best Himalayan view which you really can’t afford to miss.
- Trek lovers? Gulmarg is a popular trekking base.
- Gulmarg has exactly what a nature lover needs. The Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve is known for bird watching.
- The place has the highest altitude golf course which is a true treat for the golfers.
So without further ado, here’s the list of most famous places to visit in Gulmarg which you should consider when planning your trip to Kashmir.
Of the many things to do in Gulmarg, Gondola ride is probably the one thing that tops the list of any tourist in Gulmarg. Gondola lift is a cable car which is the world’s highest and longest cable car. The cable car has been designed in collaboration with a French firm called Pomagalski.
The lift takes tourists to different stations where they get to see some really amazing views. Tourists from all over the world visit Gulmarg to have a fun-filled ride in this unique cable car.
If you are visiting the “meadow of flowers”, then this place is one of the must visit for sightseeing in Gulmarg. Khilanmarg is 4 kms from Gulmarg.
The place is surrounded all over from mountains and it provides a great view during spring season when it is filled with wild flowers. There is a view point in Khilanmarg with its spectacular vistas of the great Himalayas, that you shouldn’t miss if you are visiting Gulmarg.
The Apharwat peak is a trekking center and a must-visit for those who love trekking. It is a place which provides beautiful scenes to the tourists who visit here. It is a popular attraction of Gulmarg and skiers from all over come here to get an enthralling experience. For learners, the peak provides with a great learning stage where they get to polish their skiing skills.
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Gulmarg Golf Course
Established back in 1904 by the British, Golf Course of Gulmarg is located at a height of 2650 m above sea level and one of the most popular places to visit in here.
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Gulmarg Ski Resort
Gulmarg is considered the best ski destination of India. It is a great attraction for tourists who are interested in skiing. The Alpine slopes offer great runs of around 2 km and have an altitude drop of over 700 mtr. These slopes end at Gondola at the top. There are different slopes which are set as per different levels of difficulties; tourists can choose them as according to convenience.
13 kms from Gulmarg, Alpather Lake is located at a height of 4511 m at the Apharwat peak. The lake is triangular in shape and the snow covered mountains take place in the background. Apart from a picturesque sight, the lake also provides an adventurous opportunity to the visitors, who can take up activities like horse riding and ridge climbing.
Yes! Children’s Park is the right place for your children too and promises to make them have a fun filled journey. While you are busy looking at those beautiful sights, your children can have fun at the park with exciting games and activities. The park is set at a great height and is the highest children park in the world.
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Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve
Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve is famous for its vegetation and wildlife. The reserve is spread over an area of 180 sq. km. The reserve houses upland and pheasant birds. The place is visited all round the year by birdwatchers. Also, the reserve provides shelter to endangered wildlife species such as leopards, red foxes and musk deer.
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Baba Reshi Shrine
Named after a known Muslim scholar and Saint, Baba Reshi Shrine is 5 kms from Gulmarg and is located at a height of 2133 m above sea level. The saint after whom this shrine was built was a member of the court of King Zain-ul-Abidin. Tourists from different parts of the world, visit here to have a look at the Mughal and Persian style of architecture which makes up the shrine.
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Surrounded by natural beauty from every corner, the Nagin Valley is a beautiful meadow which offers enthralling sights to the visitors. Initially, the place was closed, but it is now open for locals and tourists. The place is a great attraction for those who look up to camping and trekking.
The valley makes you taste those fresh strawberries during summers. That is not enough! Walk down the valley to get through the unexplored part of Gulmarg. The place is famous for its Bollywood connection as many important sequences of movies have been shot here.
Ningle Nallah is a beautiful stream with flowing water right from the melting ice of the Apharwat peak. It is situated at a distance of 10 kms from Gulmarg. The place is the best attraction for those who wish to spend some quality time with their family and friends in between the grassy fields.
Lienmarg is 10 kms from Gulmarg. Well-known for the picturesque sights which it offers, the place rests at a height of 8700 feet above sea level. This beautiful meadow is enough to attract campers and trekkers from all across the globe. The place also offers different winter sports activities to the tourists.
So, we hope this guide helps you know the different places which you must visit on your tour to Gulmarg. Gulmarg offers all what you require for a fun and exciting trip with your friends and family. So, get ready to rush to Gulmarg, this holiday season.
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Best time to visit Gulmarg
The best time to visit Gulmarg is from March till July. For extreme adventure in snow, you could also visit Gulmarg in the winter months of October & November.