Flowers of Gulmarg have always been famous. They inspired Sultan Yusuf Shah to name the city as 'Gulmarg' or 'Meadow of Flowers'. Emperor Jehangir is believed to have picked up 21 different flower varieties from here. A premier ski resort with world's highest Gold Course, Gulmarg has legendary beauty that keeps it popular all the year round. Deep-powder long run skiing and snowboarding at Gulmarg has a perfect icing - the world's highest gondola lift. Situated at a height of 8,825 ft above sea level, Gulmarg is situated in the Baramula district of Jammu & Kashmir.
Places to See
Gulmarg literally means 'a meadow of lowers'. Bluebells, buttercups, daisies, and forget-me-nots and buttercups greet you on the way to Gulmarg, famous for its green golf courses and gondola lift. At Gulmarg, you must see:
- 2,650 m high 18-hole Golf Course (Highest in the World)
- Alpather Lake and glacial Ningli Nallah
- Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve
- Holy Shrine of Baba Reshi, a Muslim Saint
- Seven Springs
- Skiing and Heliskiing at Khilamarg
- Trekking in Pir Panjal Range and Nanga Parbat
Known for highest Golf Course in the world and premiere Ski resorts, Gulmarg is an adventure destination. If you must buy something, try your hand at Srinagar that presents best of J&K handicrafts and handloom items.
Where to Stay
From budget hotels to quaint stone cottages to royal retreats, Gulmarg offers a wide array of stay options. Some of the hotels at Gulmarg that we recommend are:
How to Reach Gulmarg
- Hotel Hilltop
- Hotel Poshwan
To reach Gulmarg, the best route is to fly up to Srinagar and then travel by road from there. Like several hill stations, it does not have a railway stop or airport of its own.
Good roads and regular and frequent bus services connect Gulmarg to most of the major cities of Jammu & Kashmir. The bus services include regular state-owned buses, private buses, deluxe buses and luxury coaches.
The nearest railway station to Gulmarg is at Jammu, 302 km away. Jammu has regular trains running to and from all the major cities of India including Delhi
and Amritsar. If you hire a taxi, it takes about three to four hours to reach Gulmarg from Jammu.
The closest airport to Gulmarg is at Srinagar, 56 km away. Srinagar offers daily flights to and from Delhi. It also offers flights to other Indian cities as well.