Gulmarg is located in the Baramulla District of Jammu and Kashmir. Situated at at an altitude of 2730 m above sea level, it is surrounded by forested hills and meadows, snow-capped peaks, deep ravines and valleys. The scenic beauty of this place has made it a popular filmng location for many Bolywood movies.
HOW TO REACH
How to reach Gulmarg is not a tough task as you just have to get down at Srinagar airport. The airport of Srinagar is well connected with the all the major cities. Tourists can take local taxis or cabs from outside of the airport to reach their destination. The airfare is affordable so you need not worry about your pockets â€“ pack your bags and make some trip plans.
To reach Gulmarg, you can take the state bus service of Jammu and Kashmir, which is well connected from all major cities and towns. There are a number of buses that are available for Jammu and Kashmir â€“ the deluxe, state and private buses are some of the choices that you have. Else you can just hire a private cab or taxi to get to this place.
The railhead is well connected from Jammu, so this place is accessible from all major cities and towns. There are a number of trains that are available which you can board to come here. You can get down at the railway station and catch a bus or taxi to reach Gulmarg.
WHAT TO SEE
Avantiswami Temple :-
There are two adjoining temples in Avantipur and the larger of the two is the famed Avantiswami temple. The other Shiva temple was renovated and is used for daily prayers but the older and larger Avantiswami Temple is completely in ruins. It has been dated to be built in the 9th century by the ruler, King Awantivarman.
Magam is located in the Budgam District at an elevation of about 1,569 m. Located 18 km away from Gulmarg, this famous town has about 60% Shia Muslim population. Situated on Srinagar Gulmarg Road, the town has the largest market place of Budgam District.
Verinag is a spring that is situated at the foot of the Banibal Pass in the Pir Panjal Range. This spring is believed to be the source of Jhelum River. At the spring, Emperor Jehangir built an octagonal stone basin in 1612. Shah Jahan laid a garden around it in 1620.
Golf Course :-
Golf Course in Gulmarg, situated at a height of 2,650 mabove sea level, is the highest green golf course in the world. This 18-hole golf course is completely managed by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation.
Tangmarg, situated in Baramulla District, is about 13 km way from Gulmarg. It is amongst the 8 taluks of Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. Tangmarg is famous throughout the region for its handicraft works.
Khilanmarg is a small valley, which is the site for Gulmargâ€™s winter ski runs. Carpeted with flowers in the spring season, the meadow offers beautiful views the surrounding peaks and the Kashmir Valley. It can be reached by a 600-m ascent from the destination.
Gondola Lift is considered as one of the major attractions of Gulmarg. Designed in technical collaboration with a French Company PUMA, and managed by the Jammu and Kashmir Cable Car Corporation.
Apharwat Peak, 13500 feet high, is a famous tourist destination located at thirteen km away from Gulmarg. This snow covered mountain lies close to the Line of Control (LOC) with Pakistan. Apharwat slopes are the longest and the highest ski slopes of Asia and is a destination of ski enthusiasts from all over the world.
Maharani Temple, located on a small hillock in the middle of Gulmarg hill station, previously served as the royal temple of Dogra Kings. Often known as Mohineshwar Shivalalaya, it houses idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Ningle Nallah is a beautiful stream, flowing down the mountains near Gulmarg. Melting snow and ice that flows from Apharwat Peak to Alpather Lake in the summer season gives rise to this stream. The stream continues to flow down into the valley and meets the Jhelum River near Sopore.
The Main Market is in the center of the town and the central place to shop in this small town. Here you can buy Kashmiri handicrafts, decorative linens, brass, silverware, Pashmina shawls, Carpets and Carved Furniture at a good bargain.
All of the Gulmarg hotels have restaurants of varying standards. Most serve similar style Kashmiri and Indian food, but the quality varies considerably. Most travellers will tend to have breakfasts and dinners included as part of a hotel package. If you want a change from your own hotel there are quite a few options.