Gulmarg (or "Meadow of Flowers")
"In the Winter when every thing is covered with White Snow, it looks really a part of 'Paradise on Earth'."
Gulmarg, the charming hill resort Gulmarg means 'Meadow of Flowers'. It is the finest and the most famous pleasure resorts of the Kashmir. One of the Highest mountains in the world, Nanga Parbat's magnificient view is possible to look from Gulmarg. Gulmarg is Kashmir's third most popular tourist resort, after Srinagar and Pahalgam. This meadow on the Pir Panjal Mountains shaped like the figure '8' is more than 3 km in length and 2 km in breadth. On all sides there are mountains and forests of 'Deodar' and 'Pine'.
The fir-covered hills characterize the ascent to Gulmarg, Kashmir. There is also a spot on the way to Gulmarg, known as "View Point", where tourist often stop to admire the breathtaking sight of snow capped mountains.
Gondola (Cable Car)
Through essentially meant to carry skier's uphill, a joyridein the Gulmarg Cable Car has become a tourist attraction in itself. There are at least hundred 'gondolas' with Gulmarg Cable Car Corporation. Therefore, you never have to wait for more than a minute for the next one to come along and carry you from 2,690m to a height of 5000m.
Horse Riding (Pony Ride)
There is excellent horse riding place in the open valley with beautiful green meadows. Pony riding is one of amusements for the tourists. The Horses or Ponies are available in large on hire.
Gulmarg has a beautiful golf course that is situated at a height of 2,650 meters above the sea level. Tourists who travel to Gulmarg visit this beautiful and panoramic golf course, if not to actually play the game, but to admire the lush green land slopes that incline gradually and form a sight to behold. Tours to Gulmarg usually offer you a temporary membership at the golf course.
Skiing & Trekking
As far as adventure sports is concerned Gulmarg is a trekking base for those who trek to the Pir Panjal Range, Nanga Parbat and Khilalmarg. Tours to Gulmarg offer you facilities for hiring trekking equipment and local guides. Most of the resorts in Gulmarg provide all the facilities along with world-class equipment for those keen on skiing. Khilalmarg is an important skiing center. The skiing season commences in December and goes on till the month of April. The Gulmarg biosphere reserve is located at a distance of 48 kilometers from Srinagar and offers one of the most attractive wildlife tour and travel packages.
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