History & Location
Gulmarg was discovered as a tourist destination by the British in the 19th
century. Prior to that, Moghul emperors vacationed in the Gulmarg area.
Today Gulmarg is reached by bus or taxi from Srinagar. Lying some 31 miles
west of Srinagar at 8,500 feet, Gulmarg is exquisitely situated in a pine
surrounded basin of the Pir Panjal range. It sports a Golf course, a nearby
tourist office, and a Ski hill with several Ski lifts and a rope tow.
Aptly denoted as meadow of flowers, Gulmarg is full of amazing sights,
blessed with all the natural bounties, surrounded by towering peaks,
trekking and hiking trails. It is a popular honeymoon destination and known
for its immense natural beauty all over the world. An equally popular
destination in winter, it is coated with a blanket of thick, soft snow,
turning its gentle slopes into some of the finest ski slopes
Gulmarg makes an excellent base for trekking in the northern Pir Panjal
Range. Nanga Parbat can be seen to the north from several view points,
including Khilanmarg, west and over 1,500 feet up the forested hillside from
Situated at an altitude of 2,650 m, Gulamarg has got the highest green golf
course in the world. The layout of the course is quiet striking and the
layout is similar to a normal golf course with land slopes and inclines
along the complete area of the course, which has a par of 72.
Gulamarg is counted among the best skiing resorts in India. Gulmarg also
make a good ski spot for starters, those who are new to skiing. Ski
enthusiasts can easily find out all required gear and equipments as well as
professional ski instructors in Gulmarg, to try out a hand on skiing. The
longest ski run in Gulmarg is provide by the Gondola Cable Car, where skiers
can swoosh down the slopes from the height of 2, 213m.
Excursions from gulmarg is possible for tourist who want to spend more
time. tourist can visit Gulmarg Biosphere Reserves, 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
fauna. They can also visit Alpather Lake, which is frozen until mid-June and
even later in the year one can see lumps of ice floating in its cold waters.
Or one can simply take a leisure walk on the circular road, which runs right
round Gulmarg through pleasant pine forests with excellent views over the