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Gulmarg Tourism And Travel Guide
4.7° C / 40.4° F
April to June
3 to 4 Days
Srinagar Airport (50 kms)
Jammu Tawi Railway Station (290 kms)
Gulmarg is a prime tourism location in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Gulmarg can be best described as a land filled with beautiful flowers and serene sights. Hence, it is also known as 'Meadow of Flowers'.
Ensconced within snow-peaked mountains, lined with evergreen forested hills, lush meadows, ravines and valleys, Gulmarg lies at a height of 2,730 m above sea level. The Pir Panjal Ranges cup Gulmarg in their fingers, making the town an adventurer's delight. It also has the highest golf courses in the world and is the country's major ski resort during winters. Read on for a short travel guide to Gulmarg.
How To Reach
To reach Gulmarg is not a tough task. The hill station is fairly well connected all around the year being such a popular tourist destination.
By Road: It takes around 2-3 hours to reach Gulmarg from Srinagar since it is only around 57 km. One can avail cabs, taxis or buses to reach Gulmarg. The road is picturesque and is recommended for bikers and hitchhikers.
By Train: There is no direct train available to Gulmarg. The closest railway station is the Jammu Tawi railway station at Jammu, approximately 290 km away. One can reach the thoroughly well-connected Jammu station and then choose from the various options road available to reach Gulmarg.
By Flight: Srinagar is Gulmarg’s nearest domestic airport. It is well connected to the rest of the country with direct and connecting flights pouring in from all major cities. Outside the airport, you can hire a prepaid cab or a shared taxi. The option for booking online is also available.
Best Time To Visit
It really depends on your interest. Gulmarg has its own beauty in every season. In Summers (april to June) one can witness the stunning meadow of flowers. While in Winters (October to February), options like skiing, snowboarding will make your trip memorable. At this time, Gulmarg has enough snowfall for you to create your own snowman, so dress accordingly.
Things To Do
Gulmarg, a beautiful and mesmerizing hill station, has numerous activities like sightseeing, rides and adventure sports. Despite being at such height, Gulmarg has maintained its charm with the various activities and experiences it has to offer every tourist coming here.
Khilanmarg: Located just 6 km from Gulmarg’s bus station, it is a paradise valley speckled with flowers of various colours during spring and summer months. Later, during winter, Khilanmarg turns into skier's paradise as snow covers the entire valley.
The Ningli Nallah: This stream site makes for a great picnic spot. Head here with friends and family to spend an appetizing picnic and a great day. Just 8 km from Gulmarg, this beautiful spot is easily accessible. The stream is fed by the melting ice of two glacial lakes, Apharwat and Alpather. Later it merges with the great Jhelum River near Sopur.
Strawberry Valley: Cherish the unforgettable view of the Strawberry Valley. A walk to this unexplored part of Gulmarg is a delight in itself. It offers you the freshest strawberries of Gulmarg.
Gulmarg restaurants carry an essence of Kashmir in everything they serve and the taste is authentic. Make sure you stop over at Bakshi and Nedous Dining Room to have your fill of the mouth-watering preparations of the Wazwan cuisine. Try the Muj Gaad (Fish made with Raddish) and the Qabargaah (Fried Lamb Rack) to make the most of food here.
It’s a good idea to shop for jewelry, pashmina, furniture made from walnut timber, handmade clothing, gorgeous rugs, and shawls. Basically, all that Kashmir is famous for. Though we would recommend you pick your deals from Srinagar (just about 50 km away). The best piece of purchase you can make while in Gulmarg is the Pheran (traditional woolen garment) from the Khan Cloth House here.