Gulmarg Tour

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Gulmarg a town, a hill station, a popular skiing destination and a notiifed are committee in Baramulla district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.  Gulmarg is located 52 km from Srinagar. The town is within the Himalayas and is within miles of the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. The old name of Gulmarg was "Gaurimarg", the name of Lord Shiva's wife. Yousuf Shah Chak changed its name to Gulmarg, meaning the place of roses.


Places to Visit

Alpather Lake

Located at a distance of 13 km from Gulmarg, lies a serene and dazzling Alpather Lake. The lake is triangular shaped and perfectly placed in the surroundings of picturesque snow capped hills. The gardens besides the lake add beauty to its backdrop. The lake remains frozen till June and in summer floating ice pieces can be seen in streams of crystal clear water. The place is also a good spot for trekking lovers.

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. He built both the temples and the elegant ruined Avantiswami temple was dedicated to Lord Vishnu. With a touch of Greek architectural styles, the temple was built of sandstone and thus could not withstand the ravages of time. Some idols are showcased in the SPS Museum in Srinagar.

Baba Reshi Shrine

Built in 1480, the Shrine or Ziarat is a sacred mosque located in the Gulmarg valley is dedicated to the Muslim scholar and saint Baba Reshi. The shrine is measured as a holy shrine. Baba Reshi was an important noble during the era of King Zain-ul-Abidin. The shrine was constructed with Mughals and Persian styles of architecture and is situated in enormous green lawns. It is an extremely valued religious shrine that attracts thousands of devotees each year.

Golf Club

Gulmarg Golf Club, established in 1911, was a summer resort for the British and they started playing Golf in the vast expanse of majestic greenish grounds of the Club. This has been credited as the highest green golf course all over the country.

This majestic golf club offers an 18 hole and 72 par golf course facility for its privileged visitors. The attractive feature of this golf course is that they offer temporary membership, even for a day, for golf enthusiasts. Tourists can reach there on foot. The Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation maintains and manages this superb Golf course.  

Gondola Ride/Lift

Among the most breathtaking attractions is the Cable Car ride. Located about 1 km from the main bus stand, the Jammu & Kashmir State Cable Car Corporations operates the cable car ride. The Gondola lift ride is separated into two segments- from Gulmarg to Kongdoor to Apherwat. The lift passes over the beautiful pine woods, preliminary from a height of 2690 m and increases up to 3090 m. The magnificent view of the lush green hills and picturesque surroundings offers a wonderful experience for the tourist. The ride passes Khilanmarg - a field with striking colorful flowers.

Khilanmarg

Ningle Nallah

Located just 10 km from Gulmarg, Ningle Nallah is a popular tourist spot. Formed by the melting snow on Apharwat peak and Alpather Lake, a long bridge crosses the Nallah and from here tourists can enjoy the view of the tranquil streams. 

Outer Circle Walk

Outer Circular Walk: A circular road, 11-km in length, runs right round Gulmarg through pleasant pine forests with excellent views over the Kashmir valley. Nanga Parbat is clearly visible 137-km to the north, Haramukh 60-km to the east while to the south one can see the Ferozpore and Sunset Peaks and the Apharwat Ridge. Nanga Parbat, the 'lord of the mountains', is the fourth highest peak on earth at 8,500 metres.

Snow Sports

Skiing and snowboarding are two activities that have made Gulmarg a popular destination for snow sports in India. Winter arrives here in full glory and covers the hills with thick sheet of smooth snow. The slopes are all natural and are suitable for beginners and professionals. The Indian Institute of Skiing & Mountaineering offers various ski courses for amateurs and advanced skiers. Gulmarg has several ski resorts with all kinds of facilities. Best time to visit is for skiing is in months of January to March.

Verinag

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. Water of the spring is known for its medicinal value.