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 2,650 m, and is the country's
premier ski resort in the winter.
Skiing in Gulmarg
to Gulmarg is almost nearly as enchanting as reaching
there-- roads bordered by rigid avenues of poplar give over to
flat expanses 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 hillsides. 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.
How to Reach :
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. The nearest Rail Head
is at Jammu . The journey from Srinagar to Gulmarg takes
approx. 2 hours in bus and may take short time by chartered
conveyance. The road to gulmarg is very beautiful and is lined
with poplar trees all through. All sorts of transport is
available to Gulmarg from Srinagar bus stand at Batmallo and
from various tour and travel opeartors at the prices fixed.
What to do :
Lots of recreational
activities are on the offer :
- Gulmarg offers a beautiful
Golf Course where equipment is also available on hire.
- A Cable Car(Gandola) 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 Gulamrg. This
lake remains frozen even in June.
- There is another spot
called Khilanmarg which offers unparalled view of the
- 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
24 hours service
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