Gulmarg Information

Gulmarg is a hill station in the disputed Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.  It is often regarded as one of the most beautiful locations on the planet.  The town is now enjoying a period of peace and quiet.  It is nestled within the imposing Himalayan peaks, and lies within miles of the 'Line of control'.

Location

The adventure destination of Gulmarg is located in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. At an amazing altitude of 2730m above sea level, this adventure destination has a gently sloping topography.  Gulmarg is 57km southwest from the capital city of Srinagar and is close to the Indo-Pakistan border.

Climate

The temperature in June-August, ie., the summer season is between 25°C to 35°C.  It plummets to 7°C in spring (March-May) and autumn (Oct - Nov).  winter (Dec - Feb), the temperature drops to 10°C.  Winter is at its peak I Gulmarg.  In all the four resorts, there is snowfall in winter and rainfall in spring.

History

The British discovered the hill resort of Gulmarg in 1927 during their colonial rule in India.  Gulmarg was a favourite haunt of Emperor Jahangir who once collected 21 different varieties of flowers for here.

Gulmarg Tourism Information

Khilanmarg

Khilanmarg offers an unparalleled view of the great Himalaya range.  This smaller valley is about a 5km walk from the Gulmarg bus stop and car park.  The meadow, carpeted with flowers in the spring, is the site for Gulmarg's winter ski runs and offers a fine view of the surrounding peaks and over the Kashmir Valley.  It's a 600m ascent from Gulmarg to Khilanmarg and during the early spring, as the snow melts, it can be a very muddy hour's climb up the hill.

Alpather Lake

Beyond Khilanmarg, 13km from Gulmarg at the foot of the twin 4,511m Apharwat peaks, lies Alpather Lake, a picturesque alpine lake which remains frozen until mid-June and even later in the year, one can see lumps of ice floating in its cold waters.  The walk from Gulmarg follows a well-graded Pony track over the 3810m Aparwat ridge, separating it from Khilanmarg, and then up the valley to the lake at 3,843m

Shrine of Baba Reshi/Ziarat of Baba Reshi

This Muslim shrine is on the slopes below Gulmarg and can be reached from either Gulmarg or Tangmarg. The Ziarat, or tomb, is of a well-known Muslim saint who died here in 1480.  Before renouncing worldly ways, he was a courtier of the king of Kashmir, Zain-ul-Abindin.  Every year, thousands of devotees visit this shrine regardless of the faith they believe in.

Festivals

Gulmarg Snow Festival

This festival is celebrated every year on the eve of Christmas.  It is a weeklong celebration of winter sports on the breathtaking slopes of Gulmarg.  The main attraction is night skiing.