On one of his visits to Kashmir in the 17th century, Mughal Emperor Jehangir had said, “If there is a heaven on earth, it’s here, it’s here, it’s here.” You certainly can’t deny what he said in the 17th century is still relevant in 2021. One such serene and picturesque hill station in Kashmir is Gulmarg which is mostly snowcapped and receives the heaviest snowfalls in winters. It is a prime location to indulge in various winter sports including skiing, making it Asia’s seventh top ski spot. If you are tired of your monotonous routine and looking for a break or simply want to beat the heat then there is no better place than Gulmarg that can uplift your mood and bring life on track.
Enjoy Ropeway Ride To Gulmarg Gondola
The cable car ride in Gondola is the biggest tourist attraction in Gulmarg that you should experience at least once in your life. It is one of the highest ropeway ferries that are mainly comprised of two stages. The first stage takes you to the Kongdori Station and from there, you will visit the Kongdori Mountain (Aparwath Peak) in the second. Imagine witnessing the spectacular view of the valley and the mountains covered with snow from a height. It will be one of those surreal moments that you would want to revisit again and again.
Go To Golf Course In Gulmarg
If you are thinking that Gulmarg is only worth visiting in winters then we would like to burst that bubble right there. It is in summers that Gulmarg stands true to its literal meaning i.e, “meadow of flowers". With the clear blue sky over your head and beautiful flowers around you, Gulmarg is truly a paradise between the months from March to July. The golf course of Gulmarg is the largest in India and the highest in the world. It is one of the popular places of the town that is surrounded by lush greenery and blooming flowers.
Visit Maharani Temple
Visiting the Maharani temple also popularly known as Rani Temple or Mohineshwar Shivalaya can be the highlight of your expedition. It is a temple devoted to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, situated on a hill that can be witnessed anywhere from the town. Mostly, in the hustle-bustle of city life, we often forget to give priority to our mental peace and harmony and this place is exactly going to provide you that.
Go For Skiing
Now, if you are going to Gulmarg and Skiing is not on your to-do list then your voyage to the most beautiful town is incomplete. Apart from incorporating the most mesmerising places, Gulmarg is the best suitable place to learn or try skiing. If you are a beginner, there are special slopes and ski instructors available at the site so that you can learn the basics easily. For an expert, the Aparwath Peak is great for sliding on smoothly.
Stroll Around Alpather Lake
If you are someone who loves trekking over any sport then Alpather Lake is the place for you. This lake is situated at a high altitude and for reaching there you have to complete a trek of 13kms from Gulmarg. However, Alpather Lake is also popularly called Frozen Lake because the water completely freezes from November to June. But this only enhances the beauty of this lake and you can definitely give it a chance.
Do visit Gulmarg Once in your life and you won't regret it. Stay tuned to Herzindagi for more.