Gulmarg is indeed a fascinating land which is filled with colourful floral pastures, lush greenery, snow-capped mountains, valleys and much more. Originally called Gaurimarg, Gulmarg is considered as one of the foremost hill stations in the country. With the pine-fringed meadows, which is further encircled by the Mt Apharwat, this mystical land is also home to the country's premier ski resort and has been part of popular culture and the film industry since a very long time.
The place lets you experience the best of Mother Nature; take a walk amidst the fragrant, colourful gardens. Apart this, the place is a favourite amongst adventure seekers who come here in large numbers for trekking, taking a ride in the cable car and skiing.
Hop In For A Ride On Gulmarg Gondola
Gulmarg Gondola is a two-phase ropeway, which has the capacity of carrying 6 people at a time. The ride is divided into two phases; the first one starts from Gulmarg resort to the Kongdoori Valley and the second one is from Kongdoori Valley to Apharwat Peak, which is located at an altitude of 14,200 ft.
The ride during the second phase is more beautiful with panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges and it would take you around for 20 to 22 minutes to complete a ride through both phases.
Visit The Holy Shrine Of Baba Reshi
With a legacy beginning from the year 1840, the Baba Reshi Shrine is an ancient spot of religious importance located on the slopes between Gulmarg and Tangmarg. The shrine is dedicated to Baba Reshi, a Muslim saint and scholar who served as a courtier to the king of Kashmir, Zain-ul-Abidin.
Located en route Gulmarg, the structure showcases a mix of Persian and Mughal architectural designs and is well known for its wood works, which decorates the tomb of the saint.
Explore The Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve
Spread across 180 sq km, the Gulmarg biosphere reserve is well known for its variety of flora and fauna. One can spot many species which are common, such as the hangul, brown bear, red fox, etc.
The highlight of the reserve is the presence of the musk deer, which makes the place paradise for wildlife lovers and provides one opportunities to capture the movements of animals in their natural habitat.
Attend The Winter Festival
Started in the year 2003 to promote concert tours in the country, encourage adventure sports, music and tourism in Gulmarg, the Gulmarg Winter Festival is held every year for three days. With the majestic Himalayas in the background, the place opens up for music bands, dance performances, food, adventure sports and much more.
Relish The Strawberries At The Strawberry Valley
A visit during summers, would help you relish some fresh strawberries from the Strawberry Valley. If that is not enough, go for a walk down the valley and find your way through the unexplored side of Gulmarg.
The valley is filled not only with strawberries, but also with exotic flowers and the majestic Himalayan ranges with their snow-filled slopes. A visit to this valley would help you take the unseen paths in the valley of Kashmir that would simply charm you with its beauty.
Enjoy At The Ice Skating Rink
One of the lesser-known attractions in Gulmarg is the ice skating rink located close to the cable car station. Ice skating gives out a total different feel when here; frozen rivers and streams transforms the entire area into a mammoth one of a kind ice skating rinks.