Places to visit in Gulmarg

When you travel to Gulmarg, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Gulmarg, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Gulmarg to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Gulmarg, things to do can include exploring Gulmarg attractions and visiting the places of interest.

The Maharani temple also known as Mohineshwar Shivalalaya and was built by the wife of the erstwhile ruler of Jammu and Kashmir in 1915. It is the royal temple of the erstwhile Dogra kings of Jammu & Kashmir and this shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva. A unique feature of this historic temple is that it can be seen from any part of Gulmarg.

Boasting of fine Victorian style of architecture, St. Mary's Church is one of the star attractions of Gulmarg.

Visiting this church, constructed more than 100 years ago in the beginning of the 20th century, is like stepping back in time. The church has been renovated in 2003 and in the same year, after a period of 14 years, a Christmas mass was held.

Built in the 13th century, people from all walks of life visit the shrine to seek blessings. It is accessible by road from Gulmarg. Built in 1480, the shrine is dedicated to the Muslim scholar and saint, Baba Reshi, who spent his days in meditation and prayer here. It’s also an architectural beauty.

This bio-reserve is covering an area of 180 sq km and many common species of flora, fauna, avifauna can be found here. Located at an altitude varying between 2400 and 4,300 meters above sea level, this reserve is among those regions where biodiversity is in its richest form.

The visitors can find the endangered Musk Deer that is the ultimate attraction of the place. Animals like Hangul, Black Bear, Leopard, Brown Bear and Red Fox are also found. The place is the best one for ornithologists. This place has a very good population of indigenous and migratory birds too. Birds like Griffon Vulture, Snow Cock, Koklas, European Hoopoe, Blue Rock Pigeon Monal, Kashmir Roller and Jungle Crow.

Ferozepur Nallah is a beautiful mountain stream. It flows through the Nurpur and Chinamarg passes and a number of valleys. This place serves an ideal picnic spot as it is surrounded by pine trees, snow-capped mountains and lush meadows.

This is one of the largest 18-hole golf courses in the country with asymmetrical contours. The golf course is located on the lower ranges of Gulmarg and has gradually emerged as one of the most popular golfing destinations in India. The golf course, measuring 7505 yards, was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, in the year 2011.

Apather Lake is a picturesque water body situated on the foot of the Apharwat Peaks. It is a beautiful natural attraction that will leave you stunned. It is surrounded by mountains that are extremely beautifully covered with wildflowers. Owing to the breathtaking topography, the lakeside has become a favorite picnic spot for the locals as well as tourists. During winters, the lake remains frozen, and the surrounding fields get laden with snow. Approximately 13 km from Gulmarg, this enchanting location is truly a wonderful place to get lost in.

During summers, taste the freshest strawberry Gulmarg has to offer at Strawberry Valley. A walk to this unexplored part of Gulmarg is a delight in itself.

Seven Springs are famously known for seven natural outlets of water- a mesmerizing sight. You can also catch the majestic overview of both the Srinagar and Gulmarg valleys from here.

Apharwat Peak is one of the beautiful summits, situated at a height of nearly 4200 m above the sea level. It receives heavy snowfall and remains covered with snow for most parts of the year. The snow-covered slopes are ideal for indulging in skiing.

Kashmir is one of the most amazing holiday destinations in India. During your trip, you must visit Apharwat Peaks, Chashma-E-Shahi, the Shankaracharya Temple, Shalimar Bagh, Hazratbal Mosque and Nishat Bagh and enjoy the breath-taking sights.

Gulmarg Gondola is a ropeway project started jointly by Jammu and Kashmir government and Pomagalski, a French organisation. It is considered as Asia’s one of the longest and highest cable car plans. The entire ride comprises two stages - Gulmarg to Kongdoori and Kongdoori to Apharwat Peak. 
Gulmarg is often referred to as India’s ski capital. In 2011, Heli-skiing was launched and has slowly gained popularity over the years in Gulmarg. 
Gulmarg has a number of trekking trails namely – Khilanmarg , Alapther Lake, and Apharwat. Professional trekkers like to trek to the mighty Pir Panjal. It’s best to hire guides as this part of the region can be harsh for those who are not familiar with the territory.
Make the most of Gulmarg’s cascading meadows and valleys. Pack your picnic basket with goodies and enjoy your outing. If lugging a picnic basket is not your idea of fun, there are a few open-air dhabas at Kongdori that serve a typical fare of parathas, French fries and of course, hot tea. Ningle Nallah and Ferozpore Nallah are other scenic picnic spots.

 

All of the Gulmarg hotels have restaurants of varying standards. Most serve similar Kashmiri and Indian food, but the quality varies considerably. Most travelers will tend to have breakfasts and dinners included as part of a hotel package. Highlands Park is a great place and serves up the best food on the hill. You can eat in the bar as well.  New Pine Palace has a nice pizza outlet that produces great pizza.  Grand Mumtaz does some good stuff. Hilltop Hotel gets some good reviews.

Yakhni is a very popular lamb dish which is cooked in curd based gravy which adds the delicious creamy texture. Don’t forget to finish the delicious meal with a cup of Kashmiri kahwa. Dum Aloo is very popular amongst vegetarians and is a typical Kashmiri dish. It is called so because it is cooked under pressure. To enhance its taste some dry fruits are added too.

Rogan Josh is a Kashmiri Wazwan cuisine is primarily famous for its non-vegetarian dishes. This spicy red lamb-based curry is ideally eaten with saffron rice.

The market area of Gulmarg provides loads of tiny shops with nicely stacked goods at every nook. From breakfast cereal to detergent and from fruit vendors to vegetable vendors, everything is available. Limited gear rentals are available from the two ski shops in Gulmarg. The bigger range of powder skis is available from Gulmarg ski shop in the marketplace. The Kashmir Alpine ski shop near Hotel Highland park has a smaller range of skis and gears.

There are no departmental stores in Kashmir. Therefore, family-run shops which deal in items that are handmade and local in origin.  Items which you could buy include jewellery and pashminas. You can also buy walnut made from local timber, hand-made clothing made of materials from fur, linen, wool and cotton. Beautiful items for your house such as pillowcases, sheets, rugs and tablecloths are available in abundance. You can also ask these shops to parcel the larger items such as rugs to your home.

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