GulmargIndia

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This Himalayan town offers access to dramatic valleys, backcountry ski slopes and one of the world's highest cable car rides. 

Gulmarg is a hiker's wonderland and highly regarded ski resort perched among the sharp Himalayan peaks. This small Kashmir town, home to just a few hundred permanent residents, is known for its scenic mountain trails, heli-skiing delights and the world's highest golf course.

Gulmarg was once a favorite summer vacation destination for British soldiers stationed in India. Learn why as you trek around the photogenic Alapther Lake or hike the spell-bindingly vast Kashmir Valley. Bring a picnic to a serene spot along the Ningle or Ferozpore streams and see views of the mighty Nanga Parbat, one of the world's highest peaks.

Experienced trekkers can challenge themselves with a multi-day hike up Mount Apharwat. This difficult walk is best traversed with a guide. At the summit, take in enthralling vistas from the roof of the world.

Other summer activities include mountain biking, horseriding or spotting birds through Gulmarg's natural vistas. Fish at the river or work on your swing at the highest golf course in the world.

See the views with ease from the Gulmarg Gondola. This two-stage cable car carries visitors from Gulmarg Station to the shoulder of Mount Apharwat, 12,959 feet (3,950 meters) above sea level.

In winter, this ride facilitates Gulmarg's status as one of the continent's best ski resorts with the fewest crowds. From Apharwat's peak, ski hard for 10 to 15 minutes to the base and rest on the way back up. These steep slopes require some skiing experience.

Adventurous skiers may like to try searching out unspoiled snowfalls on a heli-skiing trip, or take a guided run through backcountry powder. Amateurs can book lessons before trying more difficult slopes.

Get to Gulmarg via a 2-hour bus or taxi ride from Srinagar. Aside from hotel pick-up and drop-off, Gulmarg is vehicle-free and must be traversed on foot. Ski season is between December and March.

Beyond Gulmarg, take daytrips to religious sites like Baba Reshi and Haji Murad, or try refreshing Kashmiri blends at local tea plantations.

Top hotels in Gulmarg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa
The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Pinnacle Site, Near Gondola, Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir
Rs16,675
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

This family-friendly Gulmarg resort is located in the mountains, within a 10-minute walk of St Mary's Church and Gulmarg Golf Club. Gulmarg Gondola and Mt. Apharwat ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (67 reviews)

"Loved our stay. Great facilities and service, friendly staff and excellent location."…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2019

The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa
The Vintage Gulmarg
The Vintage Gulmarg
4 out of 5
2739 Circular Road, Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir
Rs7,495
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Situated in Gulmarg, this spa hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from St Mary's Church and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Gulmarg Gondola. Gulmarg Golf Club is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) ...

4.1/5Very Good! (24 reviews)

"Nice spacious rooms and great service."…"

Reviewed on 5 Apr 2018

The Vintage Gulmarg
Hotel Heevan Retreat
Hotel Heevan Retreat
3.5 out of 5
Near Gulmarg Gondola, Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir
Rs6,499
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Situated in Gulmarg, this golf hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gulmarg Gondola, Gulmarg Golf Club and St Mary's Church. Mt. Apharwat is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.

4.1/5Very Good! (11 reviews)

"The place and cute and rustic, but there was no wifi, water leaks, construction banging until late and the rooms themselves can use a lot more renovating. Definitely feels more like a 2.5 star resort. But the staff was nice and attentive."…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan 2019

Hotel Heevan Retreat

Popular things to do in Gulmarg

Gulmarg Gondola
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Gulmarg Gondola

5/5(1 review)

Hit the slopes at Gulmarg Gondola, a top ski area in Gulmarg. Make time to visit the spas and temples while you're in the area.

Mughal Gardens
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Mughal Gardens

5/5(1 review)

Walk the polished paths of the "Garden of Bliss" and enjoy tranquil landscapes with fountains and measured Mughal architecture. 

Shalimar Bagh
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Shalimar Bagh

5/5(1 review)

Take a leisurely stroll through one of the Mughal Empire's lasting beauties, a royal garden overlooking Srinagar's Dal Lake. 

Nigeen Lake
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Nigeen Lake

5/5(1 review)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Nigeen Lake during your travels in Srinagar. Wander the lakeside and gardens in the area.

Hari Parbat Fort
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Hari Parbat Fort

5/5(1 review)

Ascend Sharika Hill to this commanding fortification to discover columned shrines, colorful temples and sweeping views of Srinagar along the way.

Botanical Garden
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Botanical Garden

Bring the family to one of India's prime gardens and play in the hedge-lined miniature plots, boat on a tranquil lake or spot native Himalayan orchids.