If Kashmir is Paradise on Earth, Gulmarg is its meadow. Popular among global tourists as the Meadow of Flowers, Gulmarg is a place of exotic beauty and charm that draws honeymoon couples. Essentially a hill station in the Baramula district of Jammu and Kashmir, Gulmarg is accessible from Srinagar, a drive of just 52 km.
This hill station has an average elevation of 2,690 meters and remains snow covered from December-March. It emerged to be a hill resort much for its climate, adventure sports and greenery in summer. Mughals and British officer frequently visited this place and its tranquility continues to impress nature lovers.
Tourist Places in Gulmarg
The beauty of Pir Panjal, Afarwat and Himalayas has created some of the country's highest ski slopes. Ski lifts in Gulmarg cover up to 5 km and the gondola rides are worth an experience. The ski lift connects up to 3,950 meters and is major activity for tourists. The main skiing season is from January-March and brings thousands of adventurous couples. Gulmarg is also rightly known as the heartland of winter sports in the country. The place is also well developed now being home to guest house, resorts and hotels. Places of interest in and around Gulmarg are:
Tangmarg – The town of Tangmarg is a well developed place being home to several resorts, hotels and cafeterias. It forms an excellent place to tourists traveling to Gulmarg. There are car and bus services available from Tangmarg to the hill retreat of Gulmarg. Tangmarg is home to a number of tourist spots such as Drung, Nigli Nullah, Babarashi and Gogaldara. Surrounded by forests, Tangmarg is also an acclaimed picnic spot.
Gulmarg Gondola – You can enjoy the second highest gondola ride in the world at Gulmarg. The longest cable ride project took off from here in 2004. The ropeway carries around 600 tourists two-way to the Kongdoori Mountain from Gulmarg.
Alpathar Lake – This beautiful lake is built at the foothills of the Afarwat peak that has an average altitude of around 4,511 meters above sea level. The summers are splendid at the lakeside as the water remains frozen in winter.
Khilanmarg – Known as one of the most pleasant location for skiing, Khilanmarg is also an appeasing picnic spot. Enjoy a pony ride around there and just spend some romantic time viewing the splendour of Himalayas around.
Baba Reshi Ziarat – It is a famous mosque devoted to the famous Muslim scholar, Baba Reshi, and it also contains the tomb of the holy saint.
St. Mary Church – Built during the imperial rule of Great Britain in India, this church is attractive from both religious as well as historical point of views.
Afarwat Mountain – The scenic mountain of Afarwat as well as its valley, studded with humble huts of shepherds is very pleasing to visit.
Some other must to visit places of the valley include Apharwat Peak, Gulmarg Ski Area, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, Gulmarg Golf Course, Ferozepur Nullah, Imambara Goom, Gulmarg Ski Resort, etc.
As appealing and placid is Gulmarg so are the cuisines and delicacies of Kashmir valley. Rogan Gosh is a must eat at Gulmarg.
Some of the restaurants to delight your tongue at are Bakshi’s Punjabi Dhaba, Global Hotel and Restaurant.
Honeymoon Hotels to Stay in Gulmarg
Owing to the pleasantness of the nature stretched all around at Gulmarg, various hotels with fabulous infrastructure and world class services have popped up in Gulmarg. Best honeymoon hotels of Gulmarg are:
- The Vintage Gulmarg
- The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa
- Royal Park Hotel
- Heaven Retreat Gulmarg
- Hotel Highlands Park
- Alpine Ridge
Best Time to Visit Gulmarg
Gulmarg is all round tourist destination, worth visiting in every month and season of the year, but the months of the winter months at Gulmarg have an impeccable charm. Between November to February, the winter Snow Festivals, etc. are held which are a great attraction of the region to cherish the bliss and blast of winter and specially snow.
How to Reach
By Air: Srinagar Airport is the closest air base to Gulmarg taking up to 3 hours by bus.
By Road - By roadways, Gulmarg is a drive of 52 km from Srinagar city and takes 2 hours by car. It is also accessible from the town of Tangmarg that is an hour drive.
What Things to Carry to Gulmarg
Gulmarg is not only sited in the lap of Himalayas, but is a snow pavilion, so woollens are a must to carry to Gulmarg. Only the layers get lightened in the summer months and vice-a-versa. And since you are going there for your honeymoon, so you would wish to wear the best looks, so carry your make-up and styling kit with yourself. For fun activities you camera along with some extra batteries, sun glasses, skin protection and proper shoes and clothes would be required. Do not forget your medicines.
Before How Many Days the Booking Must be Done
While going for honeymoon, it is advisable to have everything well planned so that on your trip your mind would be at peace to enjoy the serenity of nature and the delight of your beloved’s company. Call your tour-advisor/coordinator to book all your tickets, travel and tour, etc.; 1 month before your marriage.
Last updated: Feb 21, 2013