Gulmarg, originally known as ‘Gaurimarg’ is also famously called as the “meadow of flowers”. Located in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramula district; this beautiful place lies nestled in the gigantic Himalayas only miles from the India-Pakistan LOC.
Sultan Yusuf Shah was completely enthralled by the beauty of this place and named it ‘Gulmarg’ in the 16th century from its pre-existing name ‘Gaurimarg’. Even Mughal Emperor Jehangir was also inspired by the scenic beauty and he once collected 21 different varieties of flowers from here. Gulmarg was also a famous resort among the Britishers residing in India.
Gulmarg – A honeymoon destination, abundance of natural beauty
Gulmarg’s scenic beauty and its proximity to Srinagar make this place a premier hill resort for the tourists coming from different parts of the world.
Honeymoon couples also make a beeline to this beautiful place to enjoy the exceptional natural beauty of this place. For people loving adventure sports, this place is perfect for them for skiing, trekking and mountain biking. This place also has the highest green golf course in the world, which is a major source of attraction among the tourists. The religious temples in Gulmarg also hold significant importance and are a must to see places for the honeymoon couples.
The people living here are Kashmiris and they are very friendly and welcoming. The languages spoken here are Kashmiri and Hindi.
An ancient culture still resides on both the sides of the imaginary line where both the countries fought for this land. The Gulmarg Biosphere reserve comprises of great flora and fauna comprising of various medicinal plants.
In February, food and snow festival is organized in Gulmarg where one can relish the Kashmiri cuisine and delicacies prepared by them along with adventure sports.
Tourism as well as state government is laying down strict rules and regulations to preserve the beauty of this place. The objective of the same is to generate employment opportunities to the people residing locally there.
Various strategies are also getting set up to improve the infrastructural facilities and to improve the education system in Gulmarg.
Climate and best time to visit
The climate in Gulmarg is pleasant throughout the year. Light woolens are still recommended in summers while in winters, heavy woolen clothes are must. The best time to visit this place is between April – June.
HOW TO REACH GULMARG
AIR – The closest air terminal to Gulmarg is Srinagar Airport, which is associated with every country’s significant air terminals. From the air terminal, you are needed to employ a taxi to arrive at Gulmarg. There are prepaid taxi stalls outside the air terminal.
ROAD – Gulmarg is connected with Jammu and Kashmir’s significant cities from a few of Himachal Pradesh’s urban districts. Direct transports are accessible from Delhi to Gulmarg. Both government and private vehicles run on this course.
Gulmarg is around 60 km from Srinagar by road, which can be reached by one’s vehicle. Notwithstanding, because of twisting high height streets, it takes quite a while.
TRAIN – The closest railway station to Gulmarg is the Jammu railway station, which is placed around 290 km away from Gulmarg. You can get transport from Jammu to Srinagar. Else, you can recruit a taxi straight to Gulmarg.