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Gulmarg Tourism: A Winter Adventure

By Akshatha Vinayak

Gulmarg is one of the best skiing destinations in Asia. Situated in Pir Panjal Range of Jammu and Kashmir, it has taken many setbacks to improve Gulmarg tourism. This hill station and town is a year-round tourist place. Mainly known for its adventure sports, there are also many places to visit in Gulmarg.

A summer retreat during the colonial era, this hill station was a disputed place as it is near the Pakistan border. Later, the dispute was resolved and it permanently became a part of India. The beauty of Gulmarg attracts people and provides good space for winter sports. The golf courses and the ski club was first started by the British in the early 20th century. Post independence, the ski club was changed into the High Altitude Warfare School.

Gulmarg has developed as a winter sports hub in the recent years. The cable car project from Gulmarg to Apharwat Peak made it one of the longest and highest ropeways in Asia. Srinagar is around 60km to Gulmarg, hence the hill station is easily reachable. World's experienced skier's love to ski here, as it is not very crowded and the slopes are challenging.

The snowfall in winter entirely covers Gulmarg. In other seasons, the hill station looks green and colourful with varieties of flowers. The scenic landscapes allure tourists in all the seasons and that makes it one of the picturesque hill stations in India.

Pir Panjal Range
  

Pir Panjal Range

Gulmarg is situated in Pir Panjal Range, a Inner Himalayan Range which is spread across Himachal Pradesh to Jammu and Kashmir.
Photo Courtesy: Just Jimish

Baba Reshi Shrine
  

Baba Reshi Shrine

Baba Reshi village is around 6km from Gulmarg. Ziyarat Baba Reshi Shrine is a monument and it is named after the Sufi saint Baba Payam Uddin Reshi.
Photo Courtesy: Pethmakhama 

 

 

Apharwat Peak
  

Apharwat Peak

The slopes of Apharwat Peak are popular for skiing and other winter sports in Gulmarg.
Photo Courtesy: CorrectKnowledge

Avantiswami Temple
  

Avantiswami Temple

Avantiswami Temple is an ancient Shiva temple built by the King Avanti Varman. It is situated in Avantipure and is one of the popular tourist attractions in Gulmarg.
Photo Courtesy: Varun Shiv Kapur

Gondola
  

Gondola

Gondola is a cable car which takes tourists from Gulmarg to Khilanmarg. Phase 1 and 2 of the ropeway have been completed, a ride in Gondola itself is a major attraction.
Photo Courtesy: Ankur P

Maharani Temple
  

Maharani Temple

Maharani Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It was built by Mohini Bai Sisodia, the wife of the King Hari Singh ( the last King of Jammu and Kashmir).
Photo Courtesy: Kanchu22

Kongdoor
  

Kongdoor

Kongdoor or Kongdori is another valley near Gulmarg which is famous as a skiing destination.
Photo Courtesy: Basharat Alam Shah

A Skiing Destination
  

A Skiing Destination

Gulmarg is Asia's 7th best skiing destination; advanced skiers love to ski in the mountain slopes of Gulmarg.
Photo Courtesy: Peter

A Picturesque Hill Station
  

A Picturesque Hill Station

Gulmarg is filled with green meadows and flowers; it is a photographers' paradise.
Photo Courtesy: Basharat Alam Shah

Snowman in Gulmarg
  

Snowman in Gulmarg

One cannot forget to build a snowman, when there is so much snow!
Photo Courtesy: Ankur P

Try Various Activities
  

Try Various Activities

Tourists can get trained in skiing and also try other activities like snowboarding, Heli-skiing, moutaineering, horse riding, etc.
Photo Courtesy: Colin Tsoi

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