Gulmarg , Jammu and Kashmir

Description

The distance from Srinagar is 50 kms Gulmarg's legendary beauty; prime location and proximity to Srinagar naturally make it one of the premier hill resorts in the country. Originally called 'Gaurimarg' by shepherds, its present name was given in the 16th century by Sultan Yusuf Shah, who was inspired by the sight of its grassy slopes emblazoned with wild flowers. Gulmarg was a favourite haunt of Emperor Jehangir who once collected 21 different varieties of flowers from here. Today Gulmarg is not merely a mountain resort of exceptional beauty, it also has the highest green golf course in the world, at an altitude of 2650 m, and is the country's premier ski resort in the winter.

The journey to Gulmarg is half the enchantment of reaching there-rods bordered by rigid avenues of popular give over to flat expenses of rice fields interspersed with picturesque villages. Depending on the season, nature's colours could be the translucent green of spring, summer's rich emerald or autumn's golden hues, when scarlet chillies festoon windows of village homes. After Tangmarg, the climb to Gulmarg begins through fir-covered hill-sides. At one point, known simply as View Point, travellers generally stop their vehicles for a few minutes and look out a spectacle of snow-covered mountains, almost within touching distance.

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Gondola

The Gondola lift ride is separated into two segments- from Gulmarg to Kongdoor to Apherwat. The lift passes over the beautiful pine woods, preliminary from a height of 2690 m and increases up to 3090 m. The magnificent view of the lush green hills and picturesque surroundings offers a wonderful experience for the tourist. The ride passes Khilanmarg - a field with striking colorful flowers.


Gulmarg Golf Club

Golf is a popular activity in Gulmarg. . The club is recognized as the highest green golf course In India and is managed and maintained by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation. The Grand Golf Club offers an 18 hole golf course facility for its privileged guests. The club offers temporary membership for golf enthusiast, even for a day.


Snow Sports

Skiing and snowboarding are two activities that have made Gulmarg a popular destination for snow sports in India. Winter arrives here in full glory and covers the hills with thick sheet of smooth snow. The slopes are all natural and are suitable for beginners and professionals. Best time to visit is for skiing is in months of January to March.

 


Baba Reshi Shrine

 The shrine is measured as a holy shrine. Baba Reshi was an important noble during the era of King Zain-ul-Abidin. The shrine was constructed with Mughals and Persian styles of architecture and is situated in enormous green lawns. It is an extremely valued religious shrine that attracts thousands of devotees each year.


St Mary's Church

It is considered as an important church in situated in the valley of shepherds in Gulmarg. . The alpine trees provide a cool atmosphere around the church. The Gulmarg Golf Club is also situated in close proximity.


Maharani Temple

Built in 1915, the temple is well known as Mohineshwar Shivalalaya and preserves the deity of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The temple serves as a Royal temple of Dogra Kings in the state and is located on a small hill in the centre of the Gulmarg reachable by trekking.


Alpather Lake

Located at a distance of 13 km from Gulmarg, lies a serene and dazzling Alpather Lake. The lake is triangular shaped and perfectly placed in the surroundings of picturesque snow capped hills. The gardens besides the lake add beauty to its backdrop. The lake remains frozen till June and in summer floating ice pieces can be seen in streams of crystal clear water. 


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