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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 mesmerised by the beauty of the place, its grass slopes and its peaceful environment.

Tourist Places In And Around Gulmarg

Tourists must visit the Ningle Nallah, a stream originating from the melting snow of the Apharwat Peak. The stream flows down the mountain and meets the river Jhelum near Sopore. Tourists can cross the stream ending in Khilanmarg over a bridge, which is another popular tourist spot. The Outer Circle Walk of Kashmir Valley comes highly recommended to tourists. During the walk, visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of the place and the magnificent view of the fourth highest peak in the world, the Nanga Parbat, standing tall at 8500 m.

The pleasant climate, magnificent landscapes, gardens of blooming flowers, dense pine forests, and beautiful lakes of Gulmarg attract tourists from all over the world. The tranquility of the atmosphere and the lush green backdrop makes this place an ideal picnic and camping spot. Ningle Nallah, Verinag, and Ferozepur Nallah are some of the popular streams in the region.

The pristine and clear waters of the Verinag is said to be blessed with medicinal properties, owing to which many tourists visit the stream. Also popular among visitors is the Biosphere Reserve of Gulmarg. Drung, a tourist spot at Gulmarg which was recently discovered, is perfect for one-day picnics. Visitors can not only enjoy the scenic beauty of the place but also indulge in activities like trout fishing.

Lien Marg is another noted destination at Gulmarg known for its natural beauty. Pine forests and wild flowers cover this region making it ideal for camping and sightseeing. Visitors can also visit the popular Alpather Lake, situated at a distance of 13 km from Gulmarg. The prominent feature of this lake is that it stays frozen throughout the year till mid-June and during summer flows down the valley, taking with it floating pieces of ice. The snow-covered mountains of the place make for a splendid backdrop.

The Gondola Ride

The Gondola Ride, which is actually a cable car system, is another attraction of Gulmarg. Tourists can choose from two 5 km rides, one from Gulmarg to Kongdoor and the other from Kongdoor to Apharwat. The aerial view of the Himalayan peaks and the Gondola Village from the Gondola Lift is breathtaking. The gondola station of Kongdoor is situated at a height of 3099 m while that of Apharwat is at 3979 m. The Gondola Ride is one of the most preferred modes of sightseeing.

Some Other Tourist Spots

Some of the other recommended tourist spots in Gulmarg include the Baba Reshi Shrine, a Fishing Pond, Banibal Nag, Kousar Nag and Sonamarg. These places are considered ideal for one-day picnics and camping. Sonamarg, also known as The Meadow of Gold, is a base for people who wish to see the Amarnath Cave, another popular pilgrimage spot. Apart from this, Ladakh and Zojila can also be accessed from the Srinagar-Leh Road Pass.

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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How to Reach Gulmarg

  • By Road
    Gulmarg is well connected to all the major cities of Jammu and Kashmir by road. Visitors can easily avail state transport and private buses to the destination, as per their convenience. Individuals residing in the northern states can also drive up to Srinagar in their own cars.
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  • By Train
    The Jammu Tawi railway station is the nearest railhead from Gulmarg. Visitors staying in northern cities of India can avail direct trains to Jammu. The Jammu railway station is connected to all the major cities of India such as Mumbai, Pune, and Chandigarh, among others.
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  • By Air
    Srinagar Airport is the nearest to Gulmarg, situated at a distance of 56 km. Tourists can easily avail jeeps and taxis from the airport to the place. Regular flights to Srinagar are available from all the major Indian cities such as Mumbai, Pune, and Chandigarh, among others.
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