Located at an elevation of 8690 feet, Gulmarg is a popular hill station located in the Pir Panjal mountain range of western Himalayas. It is undoubtedly the best skiing destination in the country and is rated Asia’s seventh best ski destination by CNN. Gulmarg is famous for its snowfall and the multiple winter sports associated with it. Mount Apharawat is a hill used for skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing and heli-skiing. This is the location where majority of the winter sports take place.
The Gondola rides in Gulmarg are incredible experiences. It is one of the highest rides in the world and takes you over the beautiful valleys to reach specific locations. The hill station is also famous for being home to one of the highest golf courses in the world and is among the largest 18-hole golf courses in India. Khilanmarg is a small valley just 6 kms away from Gulmarg. The lush green meadow is covered with flowers in the spring. The slope is also used for skiing during the winters, promising you an incredible experience with the view of surrounding peals and Kashmir Valley. Nanga Parbat and the twin peaks of Nun and Kun are a few of the major peaks you can witness.
An annual three-day Gulmarg Winter festival in March attracts budding talent from the field of music, films and photography to display their work. St. Mary’s Church, Rani temple and Outer Circle Walk are few other places to visit in Gulmarg. The place is just magical to visit during the winters because of the snow cover. The spring season brings out its other side with lush green meadows. This makes it a popular tourist attraction almost throughout the year.
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