Beautifully situated at an altitude of 2730m above sea level, Gulmarg is a very famous skiing destination located in the PirPanjal range of Jammu and Kashmir. It is one of the topmost honeymoon destinations in India. The fantabulous places in Gulmarg take one on the joyous ride and offer the most picturesque vistas and give one a chance to experience nature in its purest forms. Gulmarg is blessed with stunning mountains, amazing pine forests, pretty meadows, and lush valleys. Head towards this pretty destination between March to December when the temperature is apt for sightseeing and adventures.
Here are some of the outstanding places to explore on your next visit to Gulmarg- Apharwat Lake – is a frozen high altitude lake and is quite famous among the trekkers, Strawberry valley- explore the green meadows with riped red strawberries dotting the entire area which truly leaves one awestruck, Maharani temple-Constructed in the year 1915, this temple can be viewed from any corner of Gulmarg and is devoted to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, Tangmarg-a very popular stopover on the way to Gulmarg, TAngmarg is a beautiful town, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve- a haven for wildlife enthusiasts this reserve is home to a plethora of species of flora, fauna and birds.
Spot the musk deer, brown bear, leopard, hangul, serow, black bear and red fox here, also spot a rich array of avifauna like upland birds and pheasants, Seven Springs-is the seven natural outlets of water here, Khilanmarg- is one of the major attractions among travellers. Witness the charismatic views of the Jhelum, Dal and Wular and the revered Shankaracharya temple from here, also catch a glimpse of the tallest Himalayan peaks from here- Nanga Parbat and the twin Peaks of the Nun and Kun.
Ningle Nallah- situated around 10kms from Gulmarg, is a mountain stream with freezing pristine water that finds its source in the Alpather lake and from the melting of ice in the Apharwat peak, St. Mary’s Church is beautifully surrounded by the verdant meadows, pine trees, gorgeous mountains and is beautifully adorned with stained glass and wooden wall panels and frescoes that depict the scenes from the holy bible, Drung waterfall- visit this marvellous waterfall for a surreal experience and do not miss to explore the surrounding caves which is an amazing experience in itself, Gulmarg Golf Course-is a renowned highest 18 hole golf course in the world.
Add some wonderful things to do on your next vacation in Gulmarg. Here are some topmost things to enjoy for an alluring experience- Skiing-head towards the Apharwat Peak, one of the perfect spots for skiing, Trekking-Trek to the Alpather Lake, located at the foot of the twin Apharwat Peak at a height of 4400m, Gondola ride- do not miss to add this activity for an unmatchable experience.
The Kongdori Gulmarg Gondola is the second-highest cable car line in the world and is divided into three phases- Phase1- Gulmarg to Kongdori, Phase2- Kongdori to Apharwat, and Phase3- Chair lift phase from Kongdori to Mary Shoulder. Pony Ride- go for a pony ride and witness the charming views of the Himalayan peaks. A pony ride to Khilanmarg is indeed a superb experience, Golf- go for golfing. Gulmarg is home to the world’s second-highest Golf course located at an altitude of 2650m above sea level.
This course has 18 holes. It is part of the Golf training academy, Birdwatching- visit the Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, renowned for its rich and rare Himalayan fauna and flora. Home to numerous endangered species of winged creatures. Spot some of the rare and lesser-known birds here, Photography- carry your camera and head towards the Ningle Nallah to click some gorgeous pictures, Shopping- head towards the famous markets in Gulmarg and grab some beautiful items as souvenirs like- phirans, handcrafted items, antiques, carpets, and pretty jewellery, shawls, the trekking and skiing equipment. Mr Khan’s Tailor shop, Ladakh Art, Haji Akbar Cloth House, Faiz Shawls, The Main Market, Top Choice, and Attic Snowboard shop are some famous shops to shop from.
(Srinagar > Sonmarg > Gulmarg)
Duration : 3 Night/ 4 Days