Gulmarg Travel Guide

  • Snowballing!
    Snowballing!
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  • Me at Gulmarg Snow
    Me at Gulmarg Snow
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  • The enchanting beauty of Gulmarg.
    The enchanting beauty of Gulmarg.
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Gulmarg Things to Do

  • On Way to Gulmarg: Womenfolk

    Though Kashmir is a rich tourist state among other Indian states but very very rural in nature! Gulmarg is also no exception. The rural womenfolk still have to work had for fuel. We came across many women collecting and carrying fire wood at many places. But they seem to be happy with this life. Of course they are very poor women with no job.

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  • Views from Gondola ( a Must)

    Please keep your cameras ready to capture the breathtaking beauty of Gulmarg. As you keep on climbing the beauty of Gulmarg unfurled every moment, which you will surely like to cherish later on. Please take as many pictures as possible as you may not come again to this place.

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  • Gondola Ride to Khilanmarg

    Gulmarg Gondola in Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir is the world's second highest operating cable car since the closure in 2008 of the Mérida cable car in Venezuela.Visit to Gulmarg without a Gondola ride is just incomplete. It takes you to the views of breathtaking beauty of Gulmarg Valley. It is built in two stages , the first one is used mostly by the...

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  • Enjoying Pony Ride

    I shall strongly recommend all my friends to get at least one Pony ride as there are 20000 Ponies and Horses in Gulmarg, whose livelihood is directly dependent on tourists. These days the road goes up to all the hotels and up to the Gondola Station. Most of the vehicles are directly going up to Gondola station, the last point human can go by road....

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  • The Beautiful Landscape of Gulmarg III

    The beauty of Gulmarg changes every hour. On a bright day, you will be enchanted with it's changing beauty every hour. We were mesmerised by the sheer changing beauty of the place the few hours we spent there. I am putting this at things to do, as this area is so beautiful one must spend at least day here just watching the changing beauty of...

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  • Enjoy the Beauty & snow at Gulmarg II

    Here are some beautiful pictures of Gulmarg. There are many beautiful spots, just watch out next tips.

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  • Enjoy the Beauty & snow at Gulmarg

    Gulmarg is visited throughout the year. During winter months November to April , you get snow , light to heavy including snow fall. We visited on 26th November'11, we were told only a few days back it was full of snow till the entry point then it melted. We could not make it Khilanmarg( to be visited by another Gondola or Chair lift) as it would...

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  • Religious attractions at Gulmarg

    Although Gulmarg is a small town, there are a few religious attractions here as follows:St Mary's Church: The 110-year-old St Mary’s Church in Gulmarg was built during the British colonial rule and given a new look in 2003 with a renovated façade and the first Christmas mass was held in 14 years.Shiva Temple: The Shiva temple was actually the royal...

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  • Sherperd huts on the slopes of Afarwat...

    When you are taking the cable car from Gulmarg up to the Afarwat Mountains, you will see the sheperd huts on the slopes of the Afarwat Mountains. These huts act as temporary shelters for the nomadic sheperds of this region.If you want a closer look at the huts, there are trekking/hiking trails from Gulmarg up to the Afarwat Mountains and some of...

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  • Views of the Himalayas

    If you want to see great views of the Himalayan Mountains, you should visit the middle slope or top slope of the Afarwat Mountains via the cable car (sometimes known as gondola).On a clear day, you can see the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains from a distance beyond the flat valley where Srinagar is located. If you are lucky, you can even see the...

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  • Small park next to cable car station

    There is a small park next to the cable car station at Gulmarg, where you can sit around and enjoy the slow pace of life here. During winter, there are many people here waiting for the cable car and playing with the snow :)

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  • Houses, Ski Resorts and Other Buildings

    Because of the influx of tourists back to Gulmarg, you can see a lot of constructions going on, building new accomodation, sports facilities etc.Essentially the buildings in Gulmarg are mainly made of wood, and there are of alpine architecture very different from the normal Indian architecture you see elsewhere. The town is mainly catered for...

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Gulmarg Hotels

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  • Heevan Retreat

    Gulmarg, Gulmarg, 193403, IN

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Highlands Park

    cottages, suites or rooms available. Very warm and comfortable with fire places. however the...

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  • Hotel Affarwat

    Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir, India

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

Gulmarg Restaurants

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    by vickss Written Jun 2, 2007

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    There is not much options for eating in Gulmarg.. If you are a day visitor you can try the one off hotel restaurants but the one closest to the touristy spot would be Yamberzal(right at the entry point of Gulmarg) or Hilltop(next to the gondola)

    I was told that Pine Palace's food is among the better ones.. But I was disappointed. Maybe their Kashmiri food would have been somethign to try, but I am not too fond of lamb so didnt give it a try.

    On an average eatering in Gulmarg is pricey compared to the rest f Kashmir.. specially Srinagar. There are some veggie options but not too many.

    Favorite Dish: Nothign quite worth recommending

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Gulmarg Transportation

  • Cable car up to Afarwat Mountains

    The fastest way up the Afarwat Mountains from Gulmarg is by the cable cars (also called the gondola). The cable car station is conveniently located in a central location at Gulmarg (anyway, the town is rather small) and the operation starts at 9am daily.The fare per round trip up to the middle section of the mountain called Kongdoor (about 3000...

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  • Transportation from Srinagar to Gulmarg

    In order to reach Gulmar, you must first arrive at Srinagar by plane. Please visit the transportation section of my VT Srinagar page for more information on this aspect.Once you are at Srinagar, it takes about 2 hours drive (via 4 wheel drive vehicle) to reach Gulmarg (Gulmarg is located west of Srinagar). During the drive, you will pass by many...

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  • Around

    Gulmarg is a small place and the main part can be easily walked through.. It is just about 12-15 km for one round trip of the immediate meadow of Gulmarg(I think it is called inner circle)Though pony operators would hound you all around.. they are more aggressive close to the entry point.. where all the day tourists get down..If you have your own...

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Gulmarg Shopping

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    by goutammitra Written Jan 10, 2012

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    Gulmarg is a very small town with very limited availability of the goods. The Bazaar is elaborate you can buy woolens, shoes or Kashmiri handicrafts though the choice may not be as good as Srinagar! Why not give it a try . I saw leather jackets being sold for Rs2000/- ( US$40). Please do bargain for anything.

    What to pay: Please bargain as much as possible. Bargain is demand of the day!

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    • Family Travel
    • Eco-Tourism

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Gulmarg Warnings and Dangers

  • Ski in the Restricted area only

    While JK Tourism ensures all possible safety for the tourists, they have very limited arrangement for rescue operation for skier at higher altitude of Khilanmarg. What they suggest that you Ski around the earmarked area only as off-piste Skiing is not recommended. Please read the instructions before you take off.In case of injury or danger please...

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  • Snow and boots

    If you are going to Gulmarg in winter, the snow can be very thick and it is advisable to rent the rubber boots at a shop along the mountain slope as you make your way up the Afarwat Mountains to Gulmarg. The boot rental shop is very popular and your driver and guide will definitely know where is it.The boot rental is very cheap, about 20 rupees per...

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  • Monkeys

    There are some monkeys on the streets of Gulmarg, so do be careful not to feed them or disturb them as they can be aggressive.

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Gulmarg Tourist Traps

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    by vickss Written Jun 2, 2007

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    The biggets tourist traps are the pony rides.. Simply avoid them unless u r a horse/pony freak or too obese to walk.

    Unique Suggestions: The problem is the guys are not bad, its just that they pester a lot and one might pity that they wait all year for the tourists to earn their livelyhood. Make sure u clearly state where do you want to go otherwise they would take u opn a whole round with a mighty bill at the end.

    Fun Alternatives: Just walk and enjoy the place.. its so green and inviting

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Gulmarg Off The Beaten Path

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    by victorwkf Updated May 19, 2008

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    On the road from Srinagar to Gulmarg, you will pass by several villages as well as many farmlands with views of the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains on a clear day. The road from Srinagar to Gulmarg is on flat land for about 1.5 hours, followed by 30 minutes of going up the Afarwat Mountains before reaching Gulmarg. On the way up the mountains, there is a look-out pont with great views of the mountains and valley. Along the way, you will see military trucks, soldiers as well as colourful trucks and buses :)

    Scenery on the way from Srinagar to Gulmarg
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    • Road Trip
    • Backpacking

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Gulmarg Sports & Outdoors

  • Golf course

    During the summer months, golf is a popular sports in Gulmarg. There is a big golf course in the centre of Gulmarg town, which claims to be the highest golf course in the world! During winter, this golf course becomes a popular place for skiing, snow sledging or simply playing in the snow :)

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  • Ice skating and ice hockey

    If you like ice skating or ice hockey, there is a ice skating rink in the middle of Gulmarg town near to the cable car station.

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  • Trekking/hiking during summer

    During the summer months, Gulmarg is turned into a green area with lots of beautiful wild flowers in full bloom. During this season, the best activities are trekking/hiking in the Afarwat Mountains. There are also horse or donkey riding to explore the beautiful natural scenery.There is also a huge golf course in Gulmarg town itself, which claims to...

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Gulmarg Favorites

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    by victorwkf Updated May 19, 2008

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    Favorite thing: One of my fondest memories are the very colourful vehicles, especially trucks and buses, on the way from Srinagar to Gulmarg as well as when we were in the city of Srinagar.

    The vehicles can be very fast even though the roads are rather narrow, so it can be a hair-raising experience. The journey from Srinagar to Gulmarg is about 2 hours one way.

    A colourful truck on the way to Gulmarg, Kashmir
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