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Gulmarg - Sonamarg

Location  6-km South West Of Srinagar, Kashmir Region, J&K
Altitude  730 meter
Language  Kashmiri & Hindi
Adventure Sports  Skiing, Alpather Lake, Golf Courses & Skiing
Best Time to Visit Summer - May to September | Winter - November to February

About Gulmarg

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 mid-April.

Adventure Sports Gulmarg

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 chair lifts.

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.

Visiting Season Gulmarg

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.

Prime Attraction Gulmarg

Skiing and Heliskiing
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 levels.

Golf Courses
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.

Excursions From Gulmarg

Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve
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.
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Alpather Lake
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 evening.

Khilanmarg
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 Baba Reshi
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

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.

Sonamarg Travel

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.

Adventure in Sonamarg

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

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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