7 Unbelievably Beautiful Places To Visit In Gulmarg, India

Gulmarg is one of the most stunning hill stations in India. It has some spectacular places to see like the Nagin valley, the Apharwat peak, and Pattan.

Gulmarg, situated at an altitude of 2730 m in the Baramulla district of Jammu & Kashmir, was discovered by the British in the year 1927. The literal meaning of Gulmarg is ‘meadow of flowers’. Gulmarg was originally known as Gaurimarg after Goddess Gauri, wife of the Hindu god of destruction, Shiva. Its present name was given to it by King Yousuf Shah Chak, the last indigenous king of Kashmir, who was mesmerized by the beauty of the place, its grass slopes, and its peaceful environment.

Top Places to Visit in Gulmarg:

Gulmarg Sightseeing Attractions

Gulmarg Sightseeing Attractions

Gulmarg has become one of the favorite destinations of tourist to Jammu and Kashmir. As the city changes color from green to white, the main attractions of the town also changes. The skiing and golf becomes the top most charms of the city.

Gulmarg Ski Resort

Gulmarg is considered the best ski destination of India. It is a great attraction for tourists who are interested in skiing. The Alpine slopes offer great runs of around 2 km and have an altitude drop of over 700 mtr. These slopes end at Gondola at the top. There are different slopes which are set as per different levels of difficulties; tourists can choose them as according to convenience.

Kanchenjunga Museum

The museum has on display a modest exhibit of modern warfare & mountaineering equipments and gears used by the Indian Army in the mountains. Developed initially as a High-Altitude Warfare School, the museum was set up to commemorate 1997’s first summit of Indian Army to Kanchenjunga.

Gulmarg Biosphere Reserves

This protected reserve is situated 48 km from Srinagar and is the home to many exotic and rare species of the world including musk deer, snow leopard, etc. The reserve boasts of its rich avi-fauna population which are a beautiful sight during the months of migration.

Gandola Lift

Gandola lift no doubt is Gulmarg’s prime attraction. It has been designed in technical collaboration with foreign company Puma and is administered by Jammu and Kashmir Rope Way Corporation. This Gandola lift is one of Asia’s most notable cable car Structure that would transport you to an altitude of about 13500ft. You can experience a unique, totally out of the world Gulmarg from such a high altitude once you are seated in your Gandola.

Baba Reshi Shrine

This Shrine has been built in memory of the great Muslim ascetic Baba Reshi. The Shrine was built around 1480. This great saint served during the rule of king Zain ul Abdin, who was the ruler of Kashmir at that time. The architecture of the Mosque shows a fine blend of Mughal and Persian architectural styles. Also the intricate wood carvings that decorate the interior of the Mosque would fascinate a tourist like anything.

Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve

Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve

Shiva Temple

The Shiva Temple Gulmarg too is a wonderful place to visit when you are at Gulmarg. This temple stands on the hill top and is emblematic of the royal era. Mohini Bai Sisodhia, queen of King Hari Singh the erstwhile king of Kashmir was the one who constructed this temple. That’s the reason why it’s also called ‘Maharani temple’. The uniqueness of this temple lies in the fact that you can get a glimpse of it from every corner of Gulmarg.

Alpather Lake

The mesmerizing Alpather Lake is around 13 km away from Gulmarg. Spending a family time by the side of the lake is definitely going to be a great experience, but for youngster reaching the place itself is going to be wonderful. The lake is situated at the foot of Apharwat peaks at a height and to reach there, trekking becomes a great option. One can also take a ride on the horse back to the lake. The main feature of the lake is, it remains frozen till the month of June, and even after that you can see ice caps floating in the lake.

Best time to visit Gulmarg

Visitors can plan a trip to Gulmarg in any season but the best time to visit this place is between the months of March and October.

How to reach Gulmarg

Gulmarg can easily be accessed via airways, railways, or roadways

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