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Gulmarg - Quick Facts

Area: 3.5 sq. Km.
Population: 1965
Altitude: 2650 m above sea level
Clothing: Summer- Light Woollen, Winter- Heavy Woollen
Season: October To February
Rainfall: 380 cm average
Languages: Urdu, Kashmiri & Dogri


Gulmarg reinforces its position as a PrimeWinter Destination (2,730 m/56 km) from Srinagar. Gulmarg's legendary beauty, prime location and proximity to Srinagar naturally make it one of Asia's premier hill resorts. Originally called 'Gaurimarg' by shepherds, Gulmarg was discovered in the 16th century by Sultan Yusuf Shah, who was inspired by the sight of its grassy slopes emblazoned with wild flowers. It was also a favourite resort of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. Today, Gulmarg is not merely a mountain resort of exceptional beauty but also the country's premier ski resort in winter when it is covered in snow and takes on the appearance of a picture postcard.

Gulmarg was first established as a ski resort by the British who had set up the Ski Club of India here in 1927. Skiing at Gulmarg had become very popular during the pre-independence years. The resort used to host two major skiing events, one each during Christmas and Easter. In 1938-39, about 500 skiers are said to have participated in Christmas and Easter ski races. Gulmarg's atmosphere was identified with European ski resorts of the 1940's and 50's - the 'Alps of good old days'. It has good sunshine as well as good snow. The skiing season usually commences just before Christmas (mid December) and continues till ending March. During 1998, Gulmarg hosted the first National Winter Games of India, for which the facilities were enormously improved and upgraded. Modern equipment like Kasse Bohrer Snow Beating Machines (for preparing skiing slopes) and snowmobiles were imported, as also the first phase of the Gulmarg Gondola Cable Car was commissioned. The resort facilities were further improved and upgraded for the 4th National Winter Games, which were also held here during 2003-2004. Thereafter, every year national winter games are held at Gulmarg. Winter Games Federation of India has declared Gulmarg as the Winter Games Capital of India.


By Air
Gulmarg is in Baramula Distt and is 57Kms from Srinagar District .The nearest Airport in Badgam Distt.This Airport is connected with major cities of country.

By Rail
The nearest Rail Head is at Jammu (305 km/ 8 hr).

By Road

The journey from Srinagar to Gulmarg takes approx. 2 hours(56 km) in bus and may take short time by chartered conveyance.Gulmarg is well connected by road with Srinagar, Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Jammu and various other cities of Jammu and Kashmir.
•        Nanga Parvat: 100 Km.
•        Srinagar: 57 Km.
•        Jammu: 305 Km.
•        Pahalgam: 153 Km.
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Khilanmarg

Khilanmarg is the famous spot for skiing in winters. From Khilanmarg, you can enjoy the views of the Kashmir valley and the Himalayan range. It takes a couple of hours by pony, to reach Khilanmarg as it is slightly longer on foot.

Alpather Lake

The Alpather Lake is a picturesque alpine lake that remains frozen until late June. The lake lies across the Apharwat peak. The adventure tourists can take the one-day and thirteen km trip to the Alpather Lake from Gulmarg.


Wular Lake

The Wular Lake is situated on the route from Gulmarg to Srinagar on Baramula Road at Sangrama. The Wular Lake is the largest fresh-water lake in Kashmir and the second largest in India. It looks like the Genevo Lake of Switzerland. It has a beautiful setting, with Haramuk Mountain at its head. The sunset at the lake is breathtaking.

Manasbal Lake

The Manasbal Lake is situated only a few kilometers away from the Wular Lake. It is known for its lotus blossoms.


Lots of recreational activities are on the offer:

•        Gulmarg offers a beautiful Golf Course where equipment is also available on hire.
•        A Cable Car (Gondola) is also installed which is great hit with tourists and it takes tourists upto Kongdori.
•        Trek to Alpather Lake can be undertaken which is lake 13 Kms away from Gulmarg. This lake remains frozen even in June.
•        There is another spot called Khilanmarg which offers unparalled view of the Himalayan peaks.
•        The famous shrine of Baba Reshi is also located near Gul Marg noted Muslim saint who is revered by all faiths.
•        Gulmarg-Khilanmarg-Apharwat-Alpather is one of the important trekking routes.

Skiing and Winter Sports

Gulmarg is well suited for learning skiing. It has some of the best slopes for beginners and intermediate skiers, all serviced by ski lifts and chair lifts. Most of the skiing activities are centred on these slopes, which have ski runs ranging from 200 to 900 mts. Good quality equipment including skis, boots, sticks, gloves and goggles, are all available on hire from the Government-run ski shop. Trained instructors are at hand for guiding amateur skiers. However, not all tourists who visit Gulmarg in winter come for skiing - some are simply there to watch the skiing or to enjoy a holiday in the snow. Many of them infected with the excitement of the skiers don their first pair of skis within a short while of their arrival. Among the numerous slopes are some which are not serviced by ski lifts. These are quieter than those immensely popular with average skiers. Trained skiers take to these slopes and even trek in the snow for several hours to the top of the Apharwat range, to make a descent lasting no more than 30 minutes. And now with the setting up of the Gondola Cable Car, Gulmarg has become the highest lift-served ski resort in the world providing a downhill ski run of 5.2 km from a height of 14,000 ft in the Apharwat range. It is also the longest gondola served ski-lift in Asia.

Gulmarg also offers a host of other snow sports at this time of the year. The most popular among the tourists is riding a sledge and being pulled along the snow covered roads or gentler slopes. Tobogganing also does not require any skill - a flat wooden board is taken up the hill and then allowed to slide downhill. Snowboarding, another exciting winter sport is also being introduced and promoted here. Making a snowman and holding camp fires around it amidst music and feasting is another popular activity indulged by the tourists. But the most enjoyable aspect of a winter sojourn in Gulmarg is the friendly atmosphere. It is like being in a family where everybody knows everyone else.

Heli-Skiing

Heli-Skiing was introduced in Gulmarg, for the first time in India during the mid 1980s in collaboration with the world renowned French skier, Sylvain Saudan of Himalaya Heli-Ski Club of France. For this highly exciting sport, skiers are taken to the top of mountain ridges by helicopters from where they ski down the immense Himalayan slopes. Initially, the programme was started at Apharwat in Gulmarg.

Subsequently, other sites in the Kashmir Himalayas were also used for the purpose. The programme was suspended during the 1990s, but now it is being revived again in collaboration with Sylvain Saudan's Himalaya Heli Ski Club.Gulmarg, the most exotic ski resort in the Himalayas, has been a favoured winter destination for many years. The first ski club of India was set up by the British here in 1927. Gulmarg’s position as a prime ski destination has been reinforced at two functions held in the national capital recently.

The Winter Games Federation of India, during its annual general meeting declared Gulmarg as the winter sports capital India. Coming from the apex body that organises winter sports in the country, this is indeed a great honour for Gulmarg.


Gulmarg is definitely not a place to be if you want to pick knick-knacks for home. The traditional crafts include cane and bamboo work, metal-crafts etc. And to shop them, and other Kashmiri local handicrafts, the markets at Srinagar are the best. Brass and Silverware, willow baskets, artifacts made of papier-mâché and woolen garments swell the Srinagar markets. Hunt for curios at Lal Chowk, Badshah Chowk and Polo View area. Cricket bats made of Kashmiri willow, wicker baskets, limestone mortar and pestles are interesting buys available around Dalgate. Dry fruits and the likes should be shopped in plenty and the collection should at least include honey, walnuts, almonds, saffron and dried apples.
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