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Gulmarg, Kashmir – Travel Guide to Meadow of Flowers!

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Gulmarg, The Paradise On The Earth

Gulmarg is also known as the meadow of flowers for its beauty, it is the perfect destination for the discerning traveler. The verdant lush green landscapes, deodar forests, snow-covered magnificent mountains, and fun-filled adventure activities offer an incredible picture-perfect setting for travelers of all kind.

Whether you are an explorer and interests in sightseeing or an adventure junkie or love to enjoy your vacation in Luxury, Gulmarg has everything for everyone.  Whether talking, about Gondola ride, the Alpathar lake, the Ningle Nallah, Shiva temple, Baba Reshi Shrine and St Mary’s Church or offering the  best kind of adventure in form of trekking, Mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding or a highest and longest cable car ride in Asia, Gulmarg always tops the list.

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How to reach Gulmarg:

Being a popular tourist destination it remains very well connected throughout the year. You can explore this destination at any time of the year.

 

By Road: The road route to Gulmarg is very well established and you can take buses, cabs or taxis to reach this place. It takes approx 2.5 to 3.5 hours to reach here from Srinagar. The road route to Gulmarg is picturesque and is mostly availed as the activity by bikers and hitchhikers.

 

By Train: As there is no direct train to Gulmarg the closest railway station is the JammuTawi railway station at Jammu that is almost 300 km from Gulmarg. From there you can take various road options to reach Gulmarg.

 

 By Flight: Near airport to reach Gulmarg is Srinagar. This airport is very well connected to major cities through direct and connecting flights. From there you can take a taxi or book online in advance to Gulmarg.

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When to Visit:

Gulmarg is the destination of beauty that has something in every season for its visitors. It totally depends on your interest at which season you want to explore its which kind of beauty. If you are an adventure junkie and sports like snowboarding and skiing please your mind then you must visit this land in winters at the time of October to February. Gulmarg witnesses a heavy snowfall at this time so don’t forget to pack your woolens.

If the beautiful landscapes and the stunning meadow of flowers admire you then you must visit this land in summers in the month of April to June.

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What to See and Do:

Gulmarg is the place of dreams and beauty. There are several things to see and do in Gulmarg throughout the year some of them are:

  1. Alpather Lake
  2. Trekking
  3. Mountain biking
  4. Gulmarg Golf Course
  5. Skiing
  6. Snowboarding
  7. Cable Car to Kongdori (known as highest and longest cable car in Asia)
  8. Baba Reshi Shrine
  9. Maharani Temple
  10. Shiva Temple (previously a royal temple for Dogras)
  11. St. Mary’s Church

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Near in Gulmarg:

In spite of being on massive height, Gulmarg never stopped attracting its tourists from all over the world. It always maintained its charm with its beauty and various activities to offer to its visitors. It is the only hill station that offers mesmerizing beauty with numerous rides and adventure sports throughout the year.

 

Khilanmarg: There is another paradise located just 6 km from Gulmarg bus station named as Khilanmarg. If you are planning to spot this paradise in your summers breaks then there can’t be an any better option than that, you will find this place scented with various colours of flowers centred in mesmerizing landscapes looks like direct from a postcard. In winters also this destination transforms itself into skier’s paradise that attracts the adventure junkies from all over the world.

 

Ningli Nallah: If you are searching for a picnic spot to spend some quality time with the family and friends than Ningli Nallah is the perfect place for you. Located at just 8 km from Gulmarg this beautiful stream site can be easily accessible with the road. This stream is supported by melting the ice of two glacial lakes, Apharwat and Alpather that later merges with the great Jhelum River near Sopur.

 

Strawberry Valley: As the name suggests this valley is popular or it extremely fresh and tasty strawberries. It is an offbeat destination in Gulmarg that gives a mesmerizing view from this valley.

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Where to Eat:

The restaurants in Gulmarg give a clear essence and authenticity of Kashmir in its food. As there are many restaurants that are quite famous in Gulmarg one of them is Bakshi and Nedous Dining Room, it serves the most authentic mouth-watering Wazwan cuisine. Don’t forget to try the Muj Gaad a kind of fish made with raddish and Qabargaah made with Fried Lamb in Gulmarg.  Tourists from all over the world visit Gulmarg to taste these authentic dishes.

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Where to Shop:

Although the whole Kashmir is famous for shopping there are many things that you can find in Gulmarg at comparably fewer rates.  Souvenir Jewelleries, pashmina, handmade clothing, shawls are quite popular in Kashmir. Though the prices of these items in Srinagar is quiet cheaper. The one thing that none other places will provide better than  Gulmarg is Pheran, these are traditional woollen clothes that are mainly made in Gulmarg. To get the best quality of Pheran at a good price you may visit Khan Cloth house in Gulmarg.

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