Gulmarg, the meadow of flowers is a stunning hill station nestled in Jammu and Kashmir in the midst of the majestic peaks of the Himalayas. Gulmarg offers the best scenic view to the visitors with its scenic landscapes, lush green backdrop, serene lakes and beautiful flowering gardens. The summer and falls is the best time to enjoy this lovely place during which the climate remains pleasant. Once a summer retreat for the royal family and the kings as well as for the British officers during the British rule later, this imposing hill station has been attracting tourists with its picturesque surroundings and mesmerizing gardens with mind-blowing flowers. Famous as one of the best ski resorts with some of the highest ski slopes Gulmarg is a favored choice of many ski enthusiasts. Gulmarg boasts of having the highest and the longest cable car project in the country. A ride in the cable car in this region can let you have a memorable and breathtaking experience.
A heaven for skiers, the alluring slopes of this region with a white blanket in December through January are excellent for skiing. Gulmarg also takes pride in having the most treacherous slopes for heliskiing which is a more adventurous version where a helicopter is used for downhill skiing. With excellent equipment for hire, skiers can find the qualified instructors to learn the right techniques for skiing.
Gulmarg please the eyes of the nature lovers with its limitless expanse of multi-colored bluebells, buttercups, forget me not’s, and daisies spread over its 3 sq-km valley. During the winter the fir trees, Grassy slopes and lavish fields wear white scarves and make a treat for the eyes. With the highest golf-course of the world at an altitude of 2,650 m above sea-level, Gulmarg ensures a great time for the golf freaks. Both the professionals and amateurs can find a wonderful evening over here.
A gondola ride has definitely added a new charm to Gulmarg attractions with Gondolas passing across Gulmarg to Kongdor offering you the mind-boggling view of the entire valley. The other attractions that await you at this fantastic tourist destination are snow scooters, sledging, tobogganing, snow bobbing and horse riding. When enjoying a vacation at Gulmarg you can also enjoy trekking to the alpine meadows. The road encircling Gulmarg offers excellent view of Sunset Peak, Apharwat Ridge, rocky slopes of Ferozepur, Harmukh and Nanga Parbat. To make your trip all the more special pay a visit to St. Mary’s Church, The Maharani Temple or shrine of Baba Reshi. These places are visited by thousands of devotees every year.
To make your travel to Gulmarg all the more worth cherishing get indulged in some exclusive Kashmiri cuisines with their trademark spices at the restaurants of Gulmarg. The delicious dishes of this place are flavored with spices like cardamom, cinnamon, saffron, cloves, etc. The staple food of this place is rice which is served with non-veg delicacies like chicken, mutton or fish cooked with vegetables. The dish of Rogan Josh is a famous non-veg specialty.
Sandeep Arora is a senior chef who has been working as the Chief Chef in the top hotels of India for twelve years now. He has written many articles on south delhi restaurants. He is an ardent travel enthusiast too. In this article he is providing us with some valuable information on Gulmarg.