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Best Places to Visit in Gulmarg

Best Places to Visit in Gulmarg

Planning a trip and wondering what are the places to visit in Gulmarg so that you don’t miss out on the best travel experience? This holiday destination is a veritable paradise in Kashmir that offers a blend of natural beauty and fun. So you can make your tour an incredible experience that will stay in your heart forever. Of many sightseeing places in Gulmarg, we have curated the best places to visit in Gulmarg.

Gulmarg can rightly be called the crown of Kashmir. An ideal travel destination in Kashmir, Gulmarg offers the experience of riding on Asia’s highest and largest cable car, Gulmarg Gondola. Adorned with many spectacles of nature, Gulmarg offers tourists several places to see.

As winter approaches, Gulmarg converts into an idyllic skiing resort. Aparwat Peak, Kongdori and Shark Fin, which offer good opportunities for powder skiing are some important tourist places in Gulmarg. The sacred shrine of Baba Reshi is another attraction in Gulmarg and is also an important part of Jammu & Kashmir tourism.

In addition, Gulmarg offers a fair share of thrilling adventures and fun activities you can consider during your trip, like skiing, horse riding, golfing, trekking, cable car rides, etc.  The town and its surrounding markets are also ideal for souvenir shopping and trying out authentic Kashmiri cuisine. And even though the nightlife in Gulmarg is not massive, there are quite a few places tourists can visit to spend an enjoyable evening.

Gulmarg Gondola

The Gulmarg Gondola ride is probably the one thing that tops the list of any tourist in Gulmarg. A gondola lift is a cable car that is the world’s second-highest cable car ride and also Asia’s most significant. The cable car was designed in collaboration with a French firm called Pomagalski.

The cable car from Gulmarg Ski Resort, located at an altitude of 8,530 feet, to Mary’s Shoulder, situated at the height of 13,780 feet via Kongdoori, takes you on a spellbinding ride offering sweeping views of the Kongdoori meadow, Khilanmarg,, and Apharwat Mountain in the three-phased rides.

The first phase costs INR 700 (US $11), the second phase costs INR 940, and the third and final phase uses a char car lift which costs INR 270. These costs are per person.

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Gulmarg Golf Course

Ascending from the heights of Apharwat Peak, the next notable attraction in Gulmarg is the renowned Gulmarg Golf Course, offering visitors a unique recreational experience amidst the picturesque surroundings.

This golf course stands as one of the highest in the world, attracting golf enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. The 18-hole course, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and lush greenery, provides a challenging yet rewarding experience for players of all skill levels.

With its well-maintained fairways and stunning views, the Gulmarg Golf Course is not only a paradise for golfers but also a serene retreat for those seeking tranquility in the lap of nature. Golfing here is an unforgettable experience that combines sport with the beauty of the Himalayas.

Alpather Lake

ALPATHER LAKE

13 km from Gulmarg, Alpather Lake is located at 4511 m near Apharwat Peak.

The Alpather Lake is triangular, and the snow-covered mountains are in the background. Apart from a picturesque sight, the lake also provides an adventurous opportunity to visitors, who can take up activities like horse riding and ridge climbing.

The breathtaking topography and perfect setting for photography has made this destination a favorite among the nature lovers as well as photography enthusiasts and also one of the top lakes in Kashmir. And what makes this tourist attraction all the more interesting is the pony ride from Gulmarg through the well-laid snowy trails.

Baba Reshi Shrine

Named after a known Muslim scholar and Saint, Baba Reshi Shrine is 5 km from Gulmarg and is located at 2133 m above sea level. The saint after this shrine was built was a member of the court of King Zain-ul-Abidin.

Tourists from different parts of the world visit here to look at the shrine’s Mughal and Persian styles of architecture. The mausoleum of Baba Payamuddin (Pam Din) is a popular religious place near Gulmarg. Located in Baramullah district in Rambodh Village, the shrine is revered highly by Muslims and Hindus alike. Anointed by Baba Zainuddin Rishi (disciple of Saint Nooruddin), Baba Reshi moved to Rambodh and performed miracles, helped people and preached Islam.

A Daan (fire place) was constructed by the saint in the village, which is reckoned to fulfil the wishes of people. The shrine of Baba Reshi has become a popular place to visit in Gulmarg and is thronged by visitors throughout the year. It is also recognized as one of the top holy shrines of the valley of Kashmir.

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Strawberry Valley

STRAWBERRY VALLEY

The iconic Strawberry Valley is one of the most peaceful places to visit in Gulmarg. It is covered by charming meadows, towering trees, and luscious strawberries, just a few minutes away from the town centre. The site has its own unique elegance, especially during the summer season. It is one of the best places in Gulmarg to take a calming stroll, have a memorable photoshoot session or host a delightful picnic. 

Ningle Nallah

NINGLE NALLAH

The duo of Ningle Nallah and Ferozepur Nallah are two mountain streams flowing through the lush green valleys. The grassy pastures on the sides of the streams put these attractions among the best places to visit in Gulmarg for camping and picnic. Of those, Ferozepur Nallah is also a famous tourist attraction in Gulmarg for trout fishing. Both the places are best options for nature lovers as they offer spellbinding views of the landscape and opportunities of living close to nature.

Apharwat Peak

APHARWAT PEAK

The Apharwat peak is a popular skiing point in Gulmarg, perched at an altitude of 4,390 meters (14,403 ft). You can reach Apharwat Peak using the second phase of the Gulmarg Gondola. But it is highly dependent on weather conditions.

The view from the peak is just spectacular. You can see LOC from Apharwat Peak, which lies only a few kilometers from here. The mountain remains snow-covered throughout the year.

The cable car lift takes the skiers up to 12,000 feet from where the professional and serious skiing in Gulmarg begins. However, beginners can again ride up to 7,000 feet using the first phase of the cable car ride. After that, snowboarders and skiers often climb up to 13,450 feet (4,100 mts) for thrilling adventure sports activities.

Khilanmarg

A small & charming valley located near Gulmarg, Khilanmarg in the Baramulla is 4 kilometers from the Gulmarg bus stop. From Gulmarg, it’s a 600 meters (2000 feet) ascent to Khilanmarg. You can easily walk from Gulmarg to Khilanmarg during the summer season, and it is still doable in winter if you are an adventurous soul.

You should visit Khilanmarg from Gulmarg, especially if you are traveling in summer, because of the majestic view of the Nanga Parbat, the 5th highest mountain peak in the world, and the sweeping view of the Nun Kun peaks on a clear, bright day.

Other sightseeing activities in Khilanmarg include the three gushing river bodies, Jhelum, Wular, Dal, and the Shankaracharya Temple. From May to September is the best time to visit Khilanmarg from Gulmarg. From the months post-November till February, you can enjoy winter sports like skiing and other adventure sports.

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Seven Springs

SEVEN SPRINGS

Known for its seven natural outlets of water, the Seven Springs offer a majestic view of both Srinagar and Gulmarg valleys from the top. The famous Gondola cable car ride takes you from Gulmarg to the Seven Springs in Kongdori. This is one of the best ways to enjoy natural views and adventure in Gulmarg.

Lying on a hillock near Kongdori, it offers phenomenal views of the surrounding mountains as well as the Gulmarg and Srinagar Valley. The best way to reach Seven Springs is via a Gondola cable ride from Apharwat mountain’s base.

Drung Waterfall

DRUNG WATERFALL

The renowned Drung Waterfall is an iconic site that you should check out during your trip to Gulmarg. It is in Tanmarg, a place on the lower slope of the Pir Panjal mountain range. This cascading waterfall becomes a prominent tourist attraction during the winter season as the lower temperature causes the water to freeze. The frozen waterfall creates giant icicles that offer a completely unique and breathtaking visual delight.

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