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Gulmarg- Sonamarg >>
6-km South West Of Srinagar, Kashmir
|| Skiing, Alpather Lake, Golf Courses &
Best Time to Visit
Summer - May to September | Winter -
November to February
The large meadow of
Gulmarg is 52 km south-west of Srinagar at 2730 m. The name means Meadow
of Flowers and in spring it's just that. Also once a popular trekking
base, Gulmarg used to be India's premier skiing resort. Gulmarg, one of
the most interesting and easily accessible places in Kashmir Valley, a
grassy meadows 3.5 km long and 1km wide, encircled by pine-covered
slopes, from where a rare view is obtained of Nanga Parbat. Here also
is one of the highest golf courses in the world, and in the winter
season becomes a fine ski resort with trained instructors, four lifts
and associated facilities. Skiing is possible from mid-December to
For the adventure
seekers Gulmarg is the ultimate destination for skiing. You may easily
hire the skis and sticks, snow boots, woolen socks, mufflers, windproof
jackets, goggles, and caps. With all the equipments and the Ski
instructors at hand it is the best bet to enjoy the holidays at Gulmarg.
The skiing season at Gulmarg is from November to February. The slopes in
Gulmarg varying between 8,700 and 10,500 feet make the ski runs the
highest in India. It is noteworthy that Gulmarg is the only heli-skiing
resort in Asia. Even the amateurs can enjoy with the ski lifts and the
Gulmarg also boasts of
a gorgeous green golf course that happens to be the world's highest too.
You may even hire the golf sets from Gulmarg. The Golf Club offers
short-term memberships to the players. Gulmarg also offers some
excellent opportunities for long walks. In case you take up the outer
circle walk you can enjoy the pine forests and wonderful vistas. The
beauty of the Kashmir valley will not fail to mesmerize you. Then there
are the Nanga Parbat and the Haramukh that you may explore.
The hill resort of
Gulmarg is a gorgeous place to be at throughout the year. There are
winter months from November to February that are ideal for skiing. The
adventurers are known to throng the hill resort as soon as the snow
falls. As it is the summer months from May to September offer pleasant
weather to the tourists. The sun scorched souls from the plains flock to
the hill resort as a summer retreat.
Asia's one of the most famous Heli-skiing resort is at Gulmarg, Kashmir.
Come December, and the verdant green slopes of Gulmarg are blanketed
with snow, forming some of the finest natural slopes for ski runs of all
Gulmarg also has one of the world's highest green golf courses, as well
as a clubhouse, which is a historical building in its own right. For the
would-be golfer, there are golf sets on hire, pros to instruct one in
the game, and temporary memberships. Naturally, these facilities are
available carry their sets along.
The reserve area is located at a distance of 48-km from Srinagar, to its
southwest. It is famous for retaining several rare and endangered
species such as the musk deer, and a rich and varied avifauna.
M o r e I n f o.
Beyond Khilanmarg, 13-km from Gulmarg at the foot of the twin 4, 511
metre Apharwat peaks, this lake is frozen until mid-June and even later
in the year one can see lumps of ice floating in its cold waters. The
walk from Gulmarg follows a well-graded Pony track over the 3, 810 metre
Apharwat ridge, separating it from Khilanmarg, and then up the valley to
the lake at 3,843 metres. The more adventurous trekkers can climb
straight up the boulder-strewn slope of the ridge and descend the other
side to the path. For horse riding aficionados, Alpather Lake makes an
exciting day's excursion, starting early morning and returning late
This smaller valley is about a 6-km walk from the Gulmarg bus stop and
car park. The meadow, carpeted with flowers in the spring, is the site
for Gulmarg's winter ski runs and offers a fine view of the surrounding
peaks and over the Kashmir Valley. It's a 600-metre ascent from Gulmarg
to Khilanmarg and during the early spring, as the snow melts, it can be
a very muddy hour's climb up the hill. The effort is rewarded, if it's
clear, with a sweeping view of the great Himalayas from Nanga Parbat to
the twin 7,100-metre peaks of Nun and Kun to the southeast.
Muslim Shrine of
This Muslim shrine is on the slopes below Gulmarg and can be reached
from either Gulmarg or Tangmarg. The Ziarat, or tomb, is of a well-known
Muslim saint who died here in 1480. Before renouncing worldly ways he
was a courtier of the Kashmir King Zain-ul-Abidin. Every year thousands
of devotees visit this shrine regardless of the faith they believe in.
How to Reach
Gulmarg is in Baramula
Distt and is 57Kms from Srinagar District .The nearest Airport in Badgam
Distt.This Airport is connected with major cities of country. The
nearest Rail Head is at Jammu . The journey from Srinagar to Gulmarg
takes approx. 2 hours in bus and may take short time by chartered
conveyance. The road to gulmarg is very beautiful and is lined with
poplar trees all through. All sorts of transport is available to Gulmarg
from Srinagar bus stand at Batmallo and from various tour and travel
opeartors at the prices fixed.
The best time to visit
in Sonamarg is April to June. Situated at an altitude of 2,740 m above
sea level, Sonamarg is about 80 kilometres from Srinagar. Srinagar is
the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. The state Jammu Kashmir is
located on the north of India. The lush meadows of Sonamarg offer a cosy
refuge to weary travellers. One of the exotic hill locales in India,
Sonamarg is an ideal hill resort to spend your holidays in the scenic
beauty of snow capped peaks and lush green meadows. Hill Resorts in
India outlines the hill resort-Sonamarg for you.
Sonamarg is the feast
for eyes. The place offers a number of beautiful views of the lush
meadows and the snow-capped peaks in the backdrop. There are a number of
beautiful spots in and around Sonamarg that tourists can visit. Sonamarg
has a number of trekking trails that attracts many adventure lovers to
the quaint hill station in Jammu and Kashmir. Sonamarg has a number of
waterfalls that present beautiful views. You can visit Gadsar Lake and
the frozen Satsar Lake, surrounded by trees and beautiful flowers.
Sonamarg means meadows
of gold. It is one of the beautiful places, ideal for adventure sports
and other fun activities. Sonamarg offers some scenic treks for the
intrepid traveler. Hiking is another exciting activity that one can
enjoy in Sonamarg. Trekking enthusiasts can opt for trekking trails from
Sonamarg to Vishansar and Krishnasar. Fishing another exciting activity
that you can enjoy on the Sind River. You can fish for trout and mahseer.
How to Reach
Sonamarg is located on
the Srinagar-Leh Highway and can be reached by bus or taxi. Srinagar is
the nearest airport to reach Sonamarg. The nearest railhead is Jammu.
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