Gulmarg is a beautiful hill station in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The word 'gulmarg' means 'meadows of flowers' and the place is bestowed with snow-clad peaks, stunning landscapes and lush greenery. Gulmarg is a popular holiday destination in the country that attracts domestic and International tourists. It is an ideal summer retreat and the best hill station to beat the humid summers of cities.
Location : State/District
Gulmarg is a stunning town in the Baramula district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, in India. The latitude of the place is 34.0500°North while the longitude is 74.3800°East.
Gulmarg is a pristine hill station that is blessed with scenic surroundings. The place is also a favourite adventure destination with outdoor activities like skiing, mountain climbing and snowboarding. Gulmarg gives a wonderful blend serenity and adventure for its visitors.
Honeymoon Destination, Scenic Natural Beauty, Adventure Tourism
Gulmarg is an ideal destination for honeymoon couples, especially during the winter months when the snow carpets everything in the place. Moreover the natural beauty of Gulmarg can also be enjoyed with family members. The unpolluted atmosphere and tranquil environment of the place is best for relaxing the mind and the body. The outdoor adventure activities make Gulmarg a sought-after destination for avid adventure enthusiasts.
The weather remains enjoyable in this place at all times. Even during the summer season from March to May, Gulmarg remains pleasant cool. The place experiences slight rainfall during the monsoons and this time from July till August is just right for outdoor fun. Winter months in Gulmarg from November to February remain chilling and snowfall is a common sight. The months from November to February are the best to visit Gulmarg. You need heavy woollen clothes to keep you sufficiently warm in mercury dropping temperatures. During this time you can also enjoy the Snow Festival and Gulmarg Winter Festival also.
Indian citizens can freely travel to Gulmarg. Foreign tourists however need to take visa permission from the government. They must also keep their passports and other necessary travel documents with them.
Places to Visit
Gulmarg is a fun holiday destination with myriad sightseeing and outdoor activities. The place is dotted with picturesque scenery that will undoubtedly enthral you.
The Alpathar Lake is a beautiful alpine lake that draws visitors. This lake is located at 13 kms from Gulmarg and the water in the lake remains frozen till the end of June.
Ninge Nallah is a spectacular stream that flows down between the mountains, at a distance of 10 kms from Gulmarg. The scenic surroundings of this place will leave you spellbound. Also the ambience of this place is very enjoyable and relaxing. The beautiful sight of snow around this place is splendid.
Drung is another famous stream in Gulmarg and this place is a favorite picnic spot for visitors. The serenity and natural beauty of this place will make you feel rejuvenated. Drung is very famous for outdoor activities like rock climbing and fishing.
Baba Reshi Shrine is the sacred mosque dedicated to a Muslim saint and scholar called Baba Reshi. The shrine was built in 1480 and the architecture of the place resembles the Persian and Russian styles. This place is an important pilgrimage site for Muslims and thousands of devotees flock to this place every year.
The Maharani Temple is a very well known temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati. This temple is also called as Mohineshwar Shivalalaya and is one of the oldest Hindu temples in the place. There is ample place around the temple for meditation and relaxing.
Gulmarg Golf Club has the highest golf course in the whole world and a site of popular activity. The club was started in 1911 by the Britishers and has a huge golf course with 18 holes. The club also offers temporary single-day membership to golf enthusiasts willing to play here.
Close to the Gulmarg Golf Club is the St. Mary's Church that is a famous sightseeing spot in Gulmarg. The church is located in the valley of shepherds and was built by Britishers about 150 years back. Located in the heart of the town, this place is surrounded by old fashioned hotels and houses.
A favourite activity in Gulmarg is the Gondola Ride. This famous cable car ride is situated at just 1 km from the bus stand. This Gondola ride takes you from Gulmarg to Kongdoor and from Kongdoor to Apherwat. When on the ride you can enjoy the beauty of picturesque surroundings and lush green hills. The ride also takes you over Khilanmarg, which is a field of vibrant colourful flowers.
Besides sightseeing in Gulmarg you must also participate in outdoor activities like snowboarding and skiing. During the winters, this place becomes a top most destination for enjoying snow sports. The slopes of the hills are suitable for both amateurs and professionals. All the ski equipments are easily available on hire. Trekking is also a popular activity that attracts adventure loving tourists.
Khilanmarg is famous spot located close to Gulmarg. This place is an ideal site for skiing during the winter months and is one of the superb picnic spots around the region. Visit Khilanmarg to bask in the magnificent view of the Himalayan ranges and Kashmir Valley.
Another place to visit is the Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve. This place is a paradise for animal lovers and nature enthusiasts. The Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve is home to countless wild animals and birds.
Food & Accommodation
Gulmarg has some of the best eateries and restaurants that serve lip smacking vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. During the stay you must definitely try the local Kashmiri food like the non-veg speciality, Rogan Josh' available at roadside stalls and even some restaurants. Some of the popular and must-try places are Bakshi's Green Punjabi Food, Nedous Dining Room, Big Bite Fast Food, Alpine Lounge, Hillpoint and Hotel Highlands Park.
Gulmarg has a range of accommodation options right from luxury and boutique hotels to budget friendly hotels and lodges. If you are looking for budgeted hotels there are countless options like Zahgeer Continental, Hotel New Zam Zam, Gulmarg Inn, Hotel Poshwan, Affarwat and Welcome Hotel. These hotels have rooms available at the rate not above than INR 3500 per room/night. If you want to add luxury to your stay, checkout the Hotel Grand Mumtaz, Heevan Retreat, Hill Top and Hotel Hilltop Gulmarg. The room tariffs here starts from INR 7000 and above.
Safety and Security
The Jammu and Kashmir Tourism undertakes all safety measures for their tourists. Whenever you plan a trip to Gulmarg it is important to be informed about the political condition of the state. When performing snow sports, you must always remain within the restricted area zone to avoid any mishaps. During the winter months it is advisable to travel to Gulmarg via air or train only. You must avoid the roads as they get blocked with snow.