Gulmarg, A Complete Guide For Travelers To Gulmarg

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.

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.

Many foreign skiers visit Gulmarg and stay there for extended periods. For managing mountain operations, every year the Tourism Department engages a Ski Patrol Team, headed by accredited foreign experts.

Famous Attractions in Gulmarg

Gulmarg Gondola:Gulmarg boasts Asia's highest and longest cable car. The two-stage ropeway ferries about 600 people per hour to and from Kongdoori.
KongdoriThe most fascinating aspect of Gulmarg is the amazing Cable Car to Kongdoor. It is also popularly known as the Gondola Lift.
Khilanmarg:Khilanmarg offers an unparalleled view of the great Himalayan range. The Apharwat peak leads to the Alpather Lake.
Apparwath:Apharwat Peak in Gulmarg is one of best slopes for skiing. These snow covered peaks are quite popular with skiing enthusiasts.
Frozen Lake:Beyond Khilanmarg, 13-km from Gulmarg at the foot of the twin 4, 511 metre Apharwat peaks, this lake is frozen until mid-June.
Nagin Valley:Nagin valley offers uncharted and virgin terrains for visitors to explore. For trekkers, there are well equipped camping sites available in the valley.
Shark Fin:Shark Fin is one of the greatest adventure skiing point in Gulmarg - a wonderful combination of incredible powder skiing

Best time to visit is from March to October.
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