Kashmir is by tradition the best summer destination for all parents. If Kashmir is called paradise on the earth, Gulmarg is called the paradise of Kashmir. The fresh beauty of Gulmarg imitates the purity of the landscape. This small so far magnificent area is heaven for the adventure seekers and for landscape lovers. Gulmarg comes under the most attractive places in India. Gulmarg is known as “Valley of Flowers”. It seems beautiful and stunning when full of ice.
Gulmarg is, actually, the hilly station & popular for skiing destination. The town is positioned within the Himalayas & is inside miles of the Line of Control amid India & Pakistan. Gulmarg is located 52km from the Srinagar. It has a usual elevation of 2690m. The total population of Gulmarg is a little less than 2000 of the 77 households.
Gaurimarg, named due to the Devi Parvati, the wife of the Lord Mahadev/Shiv attains mention in the Shivpuraan.
Gauri = Parvati & Marg = meadow.
A temple devoted to Lord Shiv is in place at the center of this beautiful meadow. Gaurimarg was a preferred resort of the Hindu Kings of Kashmir. The name Gaurimarg was altered to “Gulmarg” by Yousuf Shah. Gaurimarg has been the resort for Kings like Jahangir & Yousuf Shah who officially visit it frequently. With the abatement of violence in this area, Gulmarg has rapidly become the most visited termini of the state.
Tourism And Things To Do In Gulmarg
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Below is the list of most visited tourist places in gulmarg:
- Khaleel palace
- Hotel Afarwat
- Pine view resort
- Appletree resort
- Hotel Hilltop
- Sun and snow
Gulmarg is approachable from the Srinagar or from Srinagar Airport. You might reach there within 2 hours by your car. Tangmarg town is 1-hour away from Srinagar. From Tangmarg, the plateau is about thirty minutes travel. Tangmarg place is just below the downhill hotel. Gulmarg has about forty hotels like The Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa, Hotel Heaven Retreat, the vintage Gulmarg, Alpine Ridge, Nedous Hotel, Hotel Fluorescence etc. The distance from Srinagar to Gulmarg is approximately 55Kms, it took you approximately one hour to reach there.
When hotels say 5-star suppose similar values to the aforesaid bed and the breakfast. The winter period in Gulmarg begins with heavy snowfall in December and it lasts till March. No words could explicate the attractiveness and serenity of Gulmarg, especially in winter. The rates for a one-night stay in the winter period in a hotel, range between Rs 1700 to RS 7000+, however, there’s also lodging offered for RS 500-600 which is only for the hardcore. If you get the chance to visit the Kashmir during summers, it’s better to skip Gulmarg and visit Pahalgam instead. Pahalgam is such a beauty in summers.
Gulmarg was suggested as the possible multitude for the year 2010 “Commonwealth winter games”. Intrinsically, Gulmarg has esteemed by CNN International as Asia’s 7th best ski destination. This resort is famous due to its “Gulmarg Gondola”.
The ropeway plan is the joint project of the Jammu & the Kashmir government. The 1st stage transfers from the Gulmarg resort at 2,600m to the Kongdoori Place at 3080m in the bowl like shape kongdori valley. The 2nd stage has about 36 cabins and 18 towers. The 2nd stage was finished in 2 years, it cost about 11 crores & then opened on 28 May 2005.
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The JKSCCC constructed chairlifts to attach Kongdoori with Mary’s Shoulder for intermediate and advanced skiers. In the winter season, the varied and extreme territory combines with the heavy snowfall to produce a snow terminus that is best among the world.
From the Kongdoori place, skiers might ski down a groomed trail by the woods that slopes 450m in around 3.8 km. There’re also countless off-piste possibilities through the beautiful Khilanmarg Forest that CNN called the 16th best ski destination in 2013. The Afarwat edge at 3850+ meters offers an avalanche-controlled ski area with an extensive field of snow to descend 800m in about 3km of skiing.