The hill station of Gulmarg, located in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir literally means “the meadows of flowers”. Some one has rightly said that if there is heaven on earth then it is in Kashmir and it aptly applies to Gulmarg. Its lovely landscapes, snow-clad peaks, lush green forests and its prime location and proximity to Srinagar, make it one of the best hill resorts in the country.
The main reason to come here, at least in winter, is the off-piste, deep-powder, long-run skiing, and snowboarding. Adventurers are known to throng the hill resort as soon as the snow falls. The slopes of Gulmarg make it Asia’s only heli-skiing resort. So travel to Gulmarg and experience the natural beauty of Gulmarg yourself.
How to Reach Gulmarg?
By Air : The nearest airport is in Srinagar, 57 km from Gulmarg. Regular flights connect Srinagar with the other major cities in India.
By Rail : The railway station in Jammu is the nearest to Gulmarg that caters to the rail transport to the hill resort.
By Road : Gulmarg has a good road connection with maintained roads. There is a bus stand at Batmallo from where you can get all sorts of transport to Srinagar.
Best Time to Visit Gulmarg
The best time to visit Gulmarg is between November and February. Although Gulmarg can be visited all round the year, the above mentioned period is ideal for sports enthusiasts.
The Gulmarg Winter Festival and the renowned Snow Festival are the two major festivals that are celebrated with great fanfare and enthusiasm here during these months. So come and partake in the winter fun at Gulmarg.
Things to do in Gulmarg
Scenic Gulmarg has a variety of things to do and see. Skiing, golf and trekking are some of the activities that you can enjoy here. Hike through the pine forests for some wonderful landscapes. Pack a picnic and head to Khilanmarg near Gulmarg and breathe in the cool fresh air and enjoy the views of the valley. Delve into the variety of local delicacies available here, and let the charming beauty of Gulmarg mesmerise you.
Places Near Gulmarg
Khilanmarg is the place near Gulmarg which is also the spot for skiing in winters and a picnic spot in all seasons. You must enjoy the views of the Kashmir valley and the Himalayan range from Khilanmarg. It takes a couple of hours by pony, to reach Khilanmarg and it is slightly longer on foot.
Visit the Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve to witness a whole range of birds and wildlife, especially the musk deer.
Hotels in Gulmarg – Choice is Yours
There are numerous hotels in Gulmarg ranging from 3-star, 4-star and 5-star deluxe to budget hotels.