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Traveler's Joy Scented in Spring, Wondrous in Winters

Gifted with a spectacular topography with timeless snow-capped mountains, an exotic variety of flowers, lush green valleys, and the mighty Himalayan ranges in the backdrop, the town of Gulmarg is the crowning glory of Jammu and Kashmir and has an elegant charm to it. Also known as the ‘’Meadow of Flowers’’, Gulmarg is a travel paradise that can easily give destinations such as Switzerland a run for its money. Even the route from Srinagar to Gulmarg is so stunningly beautiful that you will be mesmerized and tempted to stop at intervals to click memorable pictures. The journey is made even more breathtaking by the scattered lines of poplar, wildflowers, and idyllic hamlets along the roads.

With major sights such as Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, the world’s highest golf course, a triangular frozen lake, and Strawberry Valley to make you spellbound, Gulmarg is nothing short of nirvana to escape the chaos of city life. The Gondola ride at a height of about 10,000 feet presents the visitors with a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains and the quaint astounding valleys covered with vibrant wildflowers. Skiing and snowboarding on the powdery white slopes of Gulmarg are exhilarating activities tourists love to indulge in during the winter season. Professionals can go for a higher level called heli-skiing.

Gulmarg has also been developed as an adventure hub as the Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering is situated here. The institute offers several courses on skiing, trekking, mountaineering, and snowboarding to the visitors. The scenic views of the place also invite the Bollywood fraternity to shoot for films and if you get lucky you might spot some stars from the film industry. With authentic delicacies and some of the best non-veg dishes, this meadow of flowers (the meaning of Gulmarg) is an unearthly beauty that has inspired many poets and artists for centuries and is beautiful experience worth living.

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Best Time to Visit

Gulmarg can be visited throughout the year with lakes and waterfalls during the summers and frozen lakes and snow covers slopes during the winters to relish. The months of April to September have moderate to cool weather that drop during the nights. The valleys are in full bloom during this time and the strawberry valley is filled with fresh and ripe strawberries to tingle your taste buds. The months of October to March have freezing temperature and are best for skiing and snowboarding activities.

How to Reach?

  • By Air: The nearest airport to Gulmarg is at Srinagar at a distance of 35km away which is well-connected to all the major cities and airports of the country. You can hire a cab from the airport to reach Gulmarg.
  • By Train: The nearest railway station from Gulmarg is Jammu Railway Station at 290km of distance. Buses are available from Jammu to Srinagar or you can hire a cab directly to Gulmarg.
  • By Bus: Gulmarg is well-connected to the neighboring cities of Jammu and Kashmir and a few cities of Himachal Pradesh as well. Gulmarg is around 60km from Srinagar bus station by road.

Things to do in Gulmarg

Ride the Gondola

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Skiing and Snowboarding

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Shopping

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Gulmarg Snow Festival

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Visit the Maharani Temple

Places to visit in Gulmarg

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Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve

Spread in an area of 180 square kilometers, the Biosphere Reserve is a must-visit place to witness some of the endangered flora and fauna species such as Musk Deer, Hangul, Snow Leopard, Red Fox, Black Bear, etc.

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Alpather Lake

Located 13km from Gulmarg, this picturesque lake on the slopes of the Apharwat Peaks is endowed with a stunning topography of rock- mountains and dense meadows that are covered with wildflowers.

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Gulmarg Golf Course

The Gulmarg Gold Course is one of the largest 18-hole golf courses in the country and the highest green golf course in the world located at a height of 2650 meters. If you are interested in playing, this is the ideal spot for you.

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St. Mary’s Church

Visit this star attraction of Gulmarg, the St. Mary’s Church, which is a 110-year-old church featuring grey stone walls, a steep green roof, and stained-glass windows. The surrounding snow-capped mountains and the lush greenery give the church its charming appeal.

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Strawberry Valley

This frame-worthy breathtaking valley is the most sought-after tourist spot in Gulmarg for a family picnic while plucking up fresh sweet strawberries from the plants. You can either stroll and explore the fields or chose a pony ride while packing some strawberries for later.

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Shrine of Baba Reshi

Dedicated to the Muslim scholar and saint, Baba Reshi, this 13th-century shrine showcases exquisite Kashmiri craftsmanship and offers a tranquil and serene atmosphere.


Explore Gulmarg

A ‘Meadow of Flowers’ in the blissful white mounts of Kashmir, discover the extravagant panorama of Gulmarg enhanced by the classic backdrop of the lofty Himalayan Ranges. Gifted with evergreen forested valleys, pine covered slopes, and meadows of the brightest colored flowers during summers, this heavenly abode transforms into a winter wonderland with a glittering sheet of snow in winters and awaits you to witness its remarkable exquisiteness from the highest Gondola ride in the world.

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