If one were to look for a single event or person to pin Gulmargâs enchantment on, it would perhaps be the stay of the Aurel Stein (nullNovember 1862 â October 1943) on these long grassy downs.
Stein was an explorer and scholar of repute. He had traveled through much of Central Asia and his discoveries were able to add significantly to the corpus of knowledge of that relatively unknown area and to the study of Buddhism.
In between his travels, Stein, who had seen some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world, would camp for months on end at Gulmarg.
He was not alone in his admiration of the beauty of the place and many of the British posted in India would holiday here.
Todayâs Gulmarg has gone several steps beyond being a temporary home for those few holiday makers and convalescents â and this is, arguably, the finest mountain resort in India.
The landscape has an unparalleled beauty, it has one of the finest golf courses in India and its ski slopes are considered at par with the best in the world.
The word 'Gulmarg' means 'Meadow of Flowers' and the undulating downs are covered with a variety of wildflowers in late spring and summer.
Most of the architecture is unaggressive and blends well with the terrain - and attractive wooden houses predominate with languid curves and easy dips and rises along the inner and outer circular roads that encircle Gulmarg.
A walk right round the outer one, at an easy pace, will take a couple of hours.
Gulmarg rests on an edge of the Pir Panjal mountains.
Clearly visible is the western marker of the Himalaya mountains, the 8,126 meters (null,660 feet) high Nanga Parbat.
Several other peaks also ring the area. The ski club dates back to 1927.
A fresh dimension was added when a gondola car became operational â the second phase was completed in 2005.
This is able to carry serious skiers almost to the top of the 4,100 meters (null,451.4 feet) Mount Apharwat from where long runs over varied faces, bowls and ridges have become available on good powder snow.
An escapade to paradise on earth ends nowhere, but in Kashmir. With Yatra’s Kashmir : Temples + Scenic Vistas package, you get to explore the best of this surreal valley. The highlight of this 6-day package is a Shikara ride on Dal Lake, and excursion to Mughal Gardens, Avantipur and Shankaracharya Temple. You can also go on a shopping spree in Lal Chowk to buy some intricate handicrafts for your loved ones back home.
An escapade to paradise on earth ends nowhere, but in Kashmir. With Yatra’s Kashmir : Temples + Scenic Vistas package, you get to explore the best of this surreal valley. The highlight of this 6-day package is a shikara ride on Dal Lake, and excursion to Mughal Gardens, Avantipur and Shankaracharya Temple. You can also go on a shopping spree in Lal Chowk to buy some intricate handicrafts for your loved ones back home.
Away from the hustle-bustle of city life, spend a peaceful vacation in Kashmir. Take a shikara ride on Dal Lake and adore the picture-perfect views around. A visit to the Mughal Gardens will give a glimpse of the royal legacy this place is bestowed with since ages. Explore beautiful valleys in Pahalgam, which is another enchanting destination of the Kashmir Valley. Get mesmerised by the beauty of Gulmarg and enjoy a Gondola ride (ropeway).
This Kashmir holiday package is perfect for those who have been yearning to experience the beauty of the state. You will travel to the golden meadow of Sonmarg, see rugged mountains in Pahalgam and see a blanket of snow in Gulmarg. Sightseeing in Srinagar will complete your Kashmir holiday.
Come to Kashmir and get mesmerised by its breathtaking beauty. Begin your sojourn with the small town of Katra. Experience spiritual enlightenment on a visit to the Vaishno Devi Temple. Thereafter, take a tour of the scenic valley of Pahalgam and admire the picture-perfect views of Gulmarg. A trip to Kashmir is incomplete without exploring the beautiful city of Srinagar, which amazes its visitors with attractions like Mughal Gardens, Dal Lake and Shankaracharya Temple.
Kashmir is not just about beautiful valleys, pristine lakes, exotic gardens and sparkling glaciers, the valley has much more to offer. It is a paradise for adventure seekers who can opt for activities like Gondola and shikara ride, skiing, snowboarding and trekking. The rare attractions like Pampore Saffron Fields, Avantipur Temple Ruins, Sangam Cricket Bat Factory and Anantnag Sulpur Springs take you on a unique experience. There are ample opportunities to explore the valley with trips to Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Sonmarg and Srinagar.
See why Kashmir has been the subject of the most beautiful poetry, pictures and popular films. In this holiday package, you will see Persian-style gardens in Srinagar, the rugged mountains around the Lidder River in Pahalgam and the snow-covered slopes of Gulmarg. You will also go on the quintessential shikara ride on Dal Lake.
Take a trip to the scenic land of Kashmir, which is historically and culturally rich. With stunning landscapes, snow-capped Himalayan mountains and picture-perfect lakes, Kashmir is fondly called as the 'Paradise on Earth'. Explore the main attractions of Srinagar like Mughal Gardens, Shankaracharya Temple and local markets. Enjoy a shikara ride on the picturesque Dal Lake and stay on a houseboat, which will add to the exciting experience. Next, admire the amazingly beautiful surroundings of the exotic Gulmarg. Explore numerous attractions and nearby areas of Pahalgam – a beautiful hill station.
Embark upon a journey to Srinagar and let your senses plunge into the ever so soothing air of happiness and smiles. This 8-day tour to Srinagar includes a visit to various gardens, valleys and scenic spots. Take a visit to Pari Mahal, spectacular Botanical Garden, Mughal Garden, Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh and Chashma Shahi. Enjoy the thrilling cable car ride in Gondola, which is the worlds highest cable car. Enjoy a beautiful drive from the Srinagar to Sonamarg and stop at beautiful places like Hazratbal Shrine and Gagangir Tourist Village. Also, visit various tourist destinations in Pahalgam and take a scenic boat ride on the pristine waters of Dal Lake.
Kashmir and its beauty always fascinates tourists from all around the globe. Its lush valleys and sparkling waters of the brooks with Himalayan ranges in the backdrop seem to have come alive out of a painters canvas. With this package, you can glance at this ethereal beauty and get astounded with nature's marvels. Visit the beautiful gardens of Srinagar and enjoy cruising on the Dal Lake on a shikara. Gulmarg has its unique beauty and Pahalgam's setting is sure to cast a spell on your senses. Thus, this sojourn will revive your spirits and give you a well-deserved break from the hassles of life.
Enjoy a sojourn to paradise as you explore the breath-taking Kashmir Valley. Home to the mighty Himalayas, it has a lot of mesmerizing panoramas and pristine lakes. Stroll through the beautiful Mughal Gardens in Srinagar and watch the colours come alive in a carpet weaving factory. Behold the stunning Sonamarg and take a walk amidst the pretty flowers while the mountains tower over you like sentinels of old. Enjoy the saffron fields and explore the ruins of Awantipora before wrapping up 8 days of wonderful memories.
The majestic Himalayas provide a perfect setting to the exotic land of Kashmir. Take this six-day sojourn to this land and breathe in its overwhelming beauty. Visit the 'Meadow of Flowers', Gulmarg and the 'Valley of Shepherds', Pahalgam. The vast saffron fields mesmerise you on your way to Pahalgam and snapshots of the splendid mountains taken in Pahalgam strike a chord in your heart. In Srinagar, visit the Mughal Gardens and the ancient Shankaracharya Temple. Visit one of the glaciers and the Indo-Pak border in Sonamarg and return with souvenirs and beautiful memories.
Take a break from your schedule and visit Kashmir, to feel refreshed and go back home being a more beautiful person than you are. This seven-day tour to Kashmir includes a visit to various interesting places including Srinagar, Sonamarg, which is known as the ?Meadow of Gold?, Pahalgam, known as ?Valley of Shepherds? and Gulmarg, known as ?Meadow of Flowers?. In this tour, you will be visiting beautiful gardens like Mughal Gardens, Chashme Shahi, Nishat Bagh and Shalimar Bagh, which will soothe your senses, making you feel alive.
The resplendent valley of Kashmir appears to have come straight out of a novel. It flaunts a beauty that will make you fall in love with it at first sight. With this tour, experience the charm and magnificence of Srinagar as you spend a memorable nigh on a houseboat. Get charming views of the mountains as you cruise at Dal Lake on a shikara. The quaint beauty of Pahalgam and the pristine setting of Gulmarg will be etched in your memory for a long time. Take long walks along the hilly paths and lose yourself in the mesmerizing beauty of Mother Nature that seems to be everywhere.
They say marriages are made in heaven. So why not celebrate your honeymoon in paradise? Kashmir is the likely destination to take your beloved to, as you embark on the journey of life. Stroll through the beautiful Mughal Gardens. Hold the hand of your spouse and make a sojourn through a meadow of flowers at Gulmarg. Enjoy a romantic picnic at Hajan and relive the romance of the Bollywood film Betaab as you explore Betaab Valley. Begin your life as you cherish the memories of your 7-day trip.?
Experience bliss while you tour around the 'Paradise on Earth', Kashmir. This eight-day tour to Kashmir includes a visit to beautiful valleys, scenic spots, and spectacular gardens. Take a visit to the beautiful Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, Chashme Shahi, and Botanical Garden. Get enthralled while you go on an exciting Gondola ride in Khilanmarg. Go on a scenic drive to Pahalgam and visit Kolahoi Glacier, Shesh Nag and Chandanwari. Also, enjoy a peaceful shikara cruise on the crystal clear lakes, cuddled with sky-high mountains.
Travel to Kashmir and get away from the stress of life. This seven-day tour to Kashmir includes a visit to Srinagar, Pahalgam and Gulmarg. Get prepared to be lost in the mesmerising beauty of snow-capped mountains, serene lakes and the gorgeous Lidder and Jhelum River. Enjoy your visit to Gulmarg, known as the ?Meadow of Flowers?. Also, visit Betaab Valley, Baisaran Valley and Chandanwari in Pahalgam. Go on a Shikara Ride and feel refreshed as you enjoy the view of beautiful mountains, surrounding the crystal clear water of the serene lake.
Visit Kashmir, to know what it feels like to live in a heaven. This six-day tour to Kashmir includes a visit to Sonamarg, which is known as the ?Meadow of Gold?, Pahalgam, known as ?Valley of Shepherds?, Gulmarg, known as ?Meadow of Flowers? and Srinagar. Also, challenge yourself by playing golf in the picturesque beauty of Gulmarg, which has one of the highest golf courses in the world. Visit other interesting places like Awantipora Ruins and Martand Sun Temple in Pahalgam.
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Experience heaven, while you glide over pristine waters of Dal Lake amidst snow-capped mountains in Kashmir. This five-day tour to Kashmir includes a visit to beautiful valleys, scenic spots, and spectacular gardens. Take a visit to beautiful Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, and Botanical Garden. Get enthralled while you go on an exciting Gondola ride up to the meadows of Kongdoori and beyond the top of Apharwat range. Go on a scenic drive to Gulmarg and visit Tangmarg Town on the way.
Gasp in delight as you feast your eyes on the mesmerizing, unbelievable beauty of the ultimate ?Paradise on Earth?, Kashmir! With majestic mountains, gorgeous tilted meadows carpeted with flowers during spring, places of historical significance, snow-covered silvery path ways, serene lakes, astonishing gardens and a unique inviting aura, Kashmir has a charm of its own. In this appealing 8-day tour, explore the marvels of three major attractions of Kashmir ? Srinagar, Gulmarg and Pahalgam. Enjoy gondola and shikara rides, and have fun as you explore the interesting Awantipora ruins.
Immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of Kashmir. This five-day tour to Kashmir includes a visit to Srinagar, Pahalgam and Gulmarg. Indulge in the soulful feeling of calmness and tranquillity, while you admire the serene lakes and beautiful Lidder and Jhelum River. Enjoy a visit to Gulmarg and also visit Betaab Valley, Baisaran Valley and Chandanwari in Pahalgam. Go on a Shikara Ride and feel refreshed, as you enjoy the view of beautiful snow-capped mountains surrounding the shimmery and crystal clear lake.
Go on a spiritual journey of divine energy and natural beauty in Kashmir. This eight-day tour to Kashmir includes a visit to various scenic spots and temples in Srinagar, Pahalgam and Gulmarg, which is known as a meadow of flowers. Begin your tour with a visit to Vaishno Devi Temple and absorb the divine vibration of this place. Also visit other temples including Naag Temple and Shankaracharya Temple. Enjoy the calmness and tranquillity of the colours of nature soothing your senses.
Travel Kashmir; unravel your heart. This six-day tour to Kashmir includes a visit to Srinagar, Pahalgam and Gulmarg. Get prepared to be lost in the mesmerising beauty of snow-capped mountains, serene lakes and beautiful gardens like Nishat Garden, Shalimar Garden and Chashme Shahi. Enjoy your visit to Gulmarg, known as the ?Meadow of Flowers?. Also, visit Betaab Valley, Aru Valley and Chandanwari, in Pahalgam. Enjoy an exciting horseback ride on Khilanmarg, while you admire the beautiful scenery.
Go on a spiritual tour to the 'Paradise on Earth', Kashmir. Embark upon this eight-day tour and feel a deeper connection with nature, as you take a tour around Srinagar, Pahalgam and Gulmarg. Admire the scenic view of the beautiful Himalayas, while you trek up to Vaishno Devi Temple. Also, visit other famous temples like Naag Temple and Shankaracharya Temple. Immerse your senses in the aroma and colours of nature, while you walk around in the saffron fields and the apple orchards.
Kashmir a paradise! Even the word paradise is not enough to define the breathtaking beauty of this place. The gorgeous view of the mountains, the crispy cold air and the lush green beauty will enrich your senses. This enticing wonderland has a unique aura that is hard to ignore. So if you are looking for an escape, Kashmir is the right place for you.
Treat yourself to a soulful vacation with this amazing package to Kashmir. Relax and indulge in the beauty of Gulmarg and Srinagar along with friends and family. Amble through the lush meadows of Gulmarg dotted with colourful flowers and draped in towering pine trees. Sit on the bank of the river and let the symphony of the babbling brooks pamper your ears. Enjoy winter sports and a ride on the Gondola cable car that gives an awe-inspiring view of the Himalayas. The gardens of Srinagar and the ride on the shikara will also give you memories that will forever be etched in your heart.
Dal Lake, which is the heart of Srinagar, is magnificent in its size and the entire city is built around it. The floating market inside the lake is the major highlight that attracts many visitors. The beauty of Dal Lake is best viewed at night when all the city lights are reflected in its still waters making it more beautiful. No trip to Kashmir is complete without having a Shikara ride on Dal Lake, gliding over its meditating waters that gives you an immersive experience.
Indian - Indian food is available at practically every restaurant and hotel in Gulmarg. Many of the smaller places are around or close to the main parking lot -like Yamberzal. Bakshiâs little restaurant serves good north Indian vegetarian food. Practically all the restaurants are in the hotels. In the mid-range some are the Global hotel, Heevan, the Fluorescence and the Zam Zam. In the upper end, the Pine Palace has the âBistro by the Greensâ and there is excellent food at the Hotel Highlands Park. The Hilltop has the Dastarkhan restaurant and Nedou's also serves Indian food. The Kong Posh Restaurant at the Gondola also serves Indian food.
Chinese - Unless noodles qualify as Chinese food (they are available at every small place too), the choice of Chinese food places in Gulmarg is limited. The Pine Palace and the Hotel Highlands Park serve this.
European/Continental - Western and continental food is served at the Global Hotel, the Hill Top, the Pine Palace (which has the restaurant called âThe Snobâ), at Nedou's and the Hotel Highlands Park.
Regional Specialty - Good Kashmiri food is available at practically every place and if you are fond of lamb, the choice is substantial. Dishes like Rogan-josh (pieces of mutton in a spicy gravy) or Tabak-Maz (spare ribs), Gushtaba and Rishta are available in practically all hotels and restaurants. Some typically local vegetarian dishes are âDum-aaluâ, potatoes in gravy and âChamanâ, paneer (fresh-cheese) in thick gravy. Do try the local tea, âKehavaâ â itâs full of dry fruit like almonds and raisins and has a touch of saffron; depending on your palette, you could ask the sugar to your taste â this can get a bit much.
One of the oldest golf clubs in the country, the Gulmarg Golf Club also has the distinction of being one of the (if not the), highest in the world. This is an 18 hole, par 72 course with a yardage of 6,985. The club was started in the early twentieth century by the numerous British officers who holidayed in Gulmarg. This was redesigned in the nineteen-seventies by the Australian golf champion, Peter Thomson. The Gulmarg course has one substantial advantage over others and this is the pleasant climate and the cool breeze that allow players to remain on the course for longer periods of time.
Surface - Gulmarg is well connected to Srinagar and the rest of the country by road. From Srinagar, the direction is south-west. The distance between Srinagar and Gulmarg is 56 kilometers (.7 miles) and the drive, if uninterrupted, takes between one and a half and two hours. The timing by bus is slightly longer. The road distance to Jammu is 345 kilometers (.3 miles), to Chandigarh is 630 kilometers (.4 miles) and to Delhi is 880 kilometers ( 546.8 miles). From both Jammu and Delhi, taxis, deluxe, Volvo and regular buses are available for Srinagar or Gulmarg.
Train - A railway project that will link Srinagar and Baramulla (the headquarters of the district where Gulmarg is situated) to Jammu and the rest of the country is underway. Srinagar is connected to Baramulla by train on the Quazigund â Baramulla line. Otherwise Udhampur is the closest railhead to Gulmarg and is 284 kilometers (.4 miles) away. While the distance is somewhat more, a better option is to take the train only up to Jammu (Tawi) as better road connections are available â both in terms of buses and taxis. The distance from Jammu to Gulmarg is 345 kilometers (.3 miles).
Air - The closest airport to Gulmarg is the one at Srinagar at a distance of 55 kilometers ( miles). Several domestic airlines operate to Srinagar from Jammu, Delhi and other places. Kingfisher, GoAir, Spicejet, Jet Airways, Jet Lite and Indian Airlines link the area to the rest of the country. Flights to Jeddah are available for Haj.
Gulmarg has large open, grass-covered interlinked downs or meadows that are interspersed with pockets of habitation (mostly hotels) and numerous clusters of wildflowers. The glade is at an average altitude of 2,690 meters (.4 feet) above sea level and is an extension of the snow clad Pir Panjal ranges, a sub-system of the Himalaya. The result is that while day temperatures in the sunshine can be very pleasant, night temperatures can be fairly low and fall well below freezing point in winter. Fallen snow can stand at a few feet. The wind-chill factor is also fairly high. With delightful cool breezes, summer is mild and bracing.