GULMARG – The Winter Wonderland of India

Gulmarg in winter looks like a cherished dream. The enchanting scenery of Gulmarg is enough to make your jaw drop in awe. The hot cup of Kahwa is what you need to get mesmerized by the endless views of snow-capped mountains and the valley. The mere resemblance with Finnish Lapland is uncanny, especially when it comes to the snow-covered landscape.

Nestled in the territory of Kashmir, this hill station is India’s premier skiing destination and every Gulmarg winter hosts the International Heli-Skiing Competition. Excellent for off-piste skiing, Gulmarg’s much popular gondola is used by skiers and tourists alike. It is also very pretty in summer when the landscape becomes true to the meaning of its name, “Flower Meadows”. One can enjoy picnics, pony rides, and trying their shots at one of the world’s highest golf courses there. The surrounding pine slopes provide beautiful distant views of the Nanga Parbat and from mid-December to mid-March, the gondola hauls visitors to the top of Gulmarg’s skiing slopes.

THE BEST SKIING DESTINATION IN INDIA

Gulmarg is reputed to have the best powder for skiing in India. In other words, the ‘powder’ which is basically soft and fluffy snow, considered the finest in the world is what you find in Gulmarg during winter.

Skiers across the world fly to experience skiing in Gulmarg. Therefore, Gulmarg is considered a haven for skiers.

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The density of snow, uber luxury accommodation, high quality of snow, infrastructure, and availability of ski equipment along with the high slopes, makes it the best skiing destination in India.

The accessibility and excellent road condition from Srinagar to Gulmarg is one of the major reasons that contribute towards having a huge number of skiers across the country visiting Gulmarg every year.

Moreover, Gulmarg houses the Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering in the valley where anyone can enroll and get skiing training under experts. Gulmarg has five Poma ski-lifts on the lower slopes that are international level. Apart from that, one can also do Heli-Skiing in Gulmarg. The skiers can take the Gondola ride which is one of the highest cable cars in the world, to reach 3,980m.

THE WINTER WONDERLAND OF INDIA

Every year Gulmarg sees a sea of tourists flocking across the country and abroad to spend their winter vacation here. Gulmarg is considered as the winter wonderland of India for the right reasons. From the month of December to March, Gulmarg is showered with fresh snow.

The valley is blanketed in white snow that makes it nothing less than a fairytale destination. It doesn’t matter in which direction your eyes travel; you will be treated with the most enchanting views beyond the horizon.

HIGHEST GONDOLA RIDE

The gondola ride in Gulmarg is one of the topmost attractions in the valley. One should not miss the gondola ride in the valley which is the second-longest and the second-highest cable car in the world. It is a must-do thing in Gulmarg, irrespective of the season.

The gondola ride allows you to get mesmerized by the magnificent view of snow-clad mountains, white forest, and the spectacular landscapes around. Hanging between wire while riding in the highest cable car thousands of meters above the ground is not just a tick off activity in Gulmarg, but an experience to add to your bucket list.

MAHARANI TEMPLE

One of the must visit places in Gulmarg is the Maharani temple. Located on a hillock, this temple is an important site as it is said to be the royal temple of the Dogra dynasty. The Maharani temple has a striking appearance, which can be viewed all across the town.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The temple is also known as the Rani temple. The Maharani temple was constructed by the wife of the former ruler of Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh.

ST MARY’S CHURCH

St Mary’s church is one of the top attractions of Gulmarg. More than 100 years old, St Mary’s church is located near the golf course in Gulmarg. With Victorian architectural wonder, the church has grey stone walls, beautifully decorated inside and the green roof makes it look like a countryside chapel. They even have frescos inside. The only way to reach the church is to trek.

Due to each scenic surroundings, St Mary’s church looks absolutely breathtaking. Especially in winter, the snow-laden landscape, and the white snow sheet on the meadow makes it look quite enchanting. The recorded history suggested that the church was constructed in 1902, during British rule and it was later renovated in 2013.

When in Gulmarg, don’t miss the lovely walk around the valley. It looks heavenly when snow showers the valley, making it a fairytale destination. Wear your snow boots, cover yourself with heavy woolens and a colorful cap.All you need to do is to take a lonely walk around the valley. The captivating town makes you fall in love with Gulmarg. It charms you so much that you don’t feel like leaving this paradise.

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