Gulmarg is pristine town in district Baramulla of Jammu and Kashmir known for its picturesque scenery and is country’s favorite skiing destination. 56 Kms away from the city of Srinagar, Gulmarg witness persistent flux of tourists throughout the year owing to unmatched beauty, for being hotspot for adventure lovers and an ideal for family holidays. There are many places worth to visit and things to do in Gulmarg, these are:-
1. Learn Skiing
Gulmarg enjoys worldwide fame as best ski-destination. While Gulmarg is an all-weather resort with refreshing summer meadows and pastoral scenes, the main reason to come here, at least in winter, is the off-piste, deep-powder, long-run skiing and snowboarding. The Himalayan resort of Gulmarg is one of the newest and increasingly popular ski destinations. The quality of snowfall in Gulmarg is quite impressive and people around the world explore the skiing in Gulmarg.
In Gulmarg Skiing bring you joy, fun, adventure, and nature near you. Gulmarg is also capital of winter game and for beginners; expert ski instructors provide their services .One can learn skiing at ease to enjoy the visit.
2. Take Gondola Rides
Without taking Gondola ride, the trip is incomplete. Gulmarg Gondola is the world’s second highest operating cable car .The entire ride comprises of two stages; – Gulmarg to Kongdori and Kongdori to Apharwat Peak and takes about 20 minutes. Riding in hanging cable cars, thousands of feet above the ground and with snow capped peaks beneath, is combination of exhilaration and fright as well but provides opportunity to have panoramic view of lovely region.
3. Get involved in the world of golfing
The Gulmarg is preferable place for golfing also. The Gulmarg golf- course with 18-holes and 3-hole learning academy is reckoned as world’s second highest golf course. The serenity and picturesque surroundings with rejuvenating atmosphere adds flavor to play.
4. Take a divine sightseeing tour of temples and churches
Maharani Temple-Built by Mohini Bai Sodhi, wife of Maharaja Hari Singh in 1915, the Maharani temple (commonly known as Shiva temple of Gulmarg)is situated in the middle of Gulmarg. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. This temple is situated on a slight hill top and attracts lot of visitors to its tranquil location.
St Mary’s Church- Roman catholic St Mary’s church was built in 1902 during British rule and is one of the star attractions of Gulmarg. It is factually a British monument constructed by British architects. Located in valley of shepherds in Gulmarg it is known for its multicolored lightings. During winters snow covered towering mountains in surroundings enhance the beauty of the church rendering it incredible
Baba reshi Shrine- Kashmir has global reputation for being “Alcove of Sufi-saints” or “Land of Rishis”. So, in Kashmir many Sufi shrines exist, known for syncretism, where people from different faiths unite. Between Gulmarg and Tangmarg is located a shrine famously called “Baba Reshi shrine”. Dedicated to Muslim saint namely “Baba Pyaam-ud-din Reshi”, this shrine holds a fusion of striking architecture and spiritual importance. In its creation Mughal and Persian styles of architecture has been blended making it attractive. Moreover, the beautiful surroundings add to its beauty that magnetizes tourists and devotees from all parts of world.
5. A visit to the scenic Apharwat Lake
Located 13 Km away from Gulmarg is this frozen lake that remains completely frozen until mid-June. The lake having backdrop of scenic hilly snow-capped terrains is best picnic spot and another eye-capturing place. The place looks absolutely breathtaking with its glistening ice covered environment and sprinkles of green surrounding here and there.