Gulmarg is a picturesque hill station in Jammu and Kashmir. It’s a skier’s paradise owing to the snowy slopes of various mountains that call this region home. In the 16th century, Sultan Yusuf Shah visited this romantic place with his Queen, Habba Khatoon and renamed it to Gulmarg from Gaurimarg. Gulmarg literally means “meadow of flowers.” Today, this place offers a variety of things to do for members of all ages in a family that include pristine vistas, adventure sports, gorgeous peaks, and flowers galore!
Here are five options for Gulmarg sightseeing that are sure to spruce up your itinerary:
1. Gondola Lift
This is the second-highest cable car in the world and connects Gulmarg with the Apharwat Peak. It’s made in two phases with a mid-way station at Kongdori. The Gondola takes you 3,980m above sea level, offering pristine views that are sure to delight your kids. The Gondola ride takes about 20 minutes and covers a distance of 5 km.
This is a gorgeous meadow located about 6 km from the main Gulmarg bus stop. It’s a haven for nature lovers as it’s covered with a colorful carpet of exotic wildflowers in every hue imaginable! Your kids will love running around this meadow and it makes for a great picnicking destination, too. As if this weren’t enough, it offers sweeping views of the Nanga Parbat peak.
3. Apharwat Peak
Perched at almost 4,200m above sea level, this mountain summit remains snow clad for the most part of the year. It forms the last point of the Gulmarg Gondola. It’s an amazing place for skiing and interestingly, the Line of Control (LOC) is located only a few kilometers away.
4. Al Pathar Lake
Located about 13 km from main Gulmarg is this celestial lake. Till mid-June, it is completely frozen and offers visitors a breath-taking sight to behold. It’s surrounded by snow-clad peaks of the Apharwat range. The whole visit takes an entire day; so keep this in mind when planning a trip with kids.
5. Skiing in Gulmarg
The skiing area includes the Gondola valley and Poma terrain. Gulmarg skiing is one of the main reasons why adventure-loving families visit the region. Some other activities that the kids will enjoy here include snowboarding, snow scooters, and snow bobbing.
Make sure you choose a resort in Srinagar that’s comfortable and offers all modern amenities. This will ensure that your children are well-rested and rejuvenated. You can visit the places mentioned above with family as they are kid-friendly, especially the Gondola Lift. Plan a vacation with Club Mahindra & have a memorable and pleasant stay at Club Mahindra Houseboats in Srinagar at Dal Lake.
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