Gulmarg Hill Station
Gulmarg, a hill station in Baramulla district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir is one of the highly coveted summer destinations in India. With an average altitude of 2,690 meters the hill station encircled by a pine canopied Pir Panjal range of mountains is a destination that appeals the imagination of even a jaded travelers. Like several other hill stations, Gulmarg too, was discovered under British rule in India in 1927. Once known as Gaurimarg, the place renamed as 'Gulmarg', meaning path of roses, by Sultan Yusuf Shah in the 16th century.
The city of Gulmarg is also called the key locations for winter sports in India and it is rated among one of the best skiing destinations in Asia. The city has added one more feather to its crown in the form of 'Gulmarg Gondola,' the highest ropeway in the world. Gondola is one of the major attractions in Gulmarg as it offers panoramic views of the picturesque hills. Gulmarg Gondola has been developed as a joint effort between Jammu and Kashmir government and French company Pomagalski. This initiative of Gulmarg tourism has earned it numerous visitors.
Apart from Gondola and skiing there are other tourist attractions in Gulmarg that includes Alpather Lake, Khilanmarg, Gulmarg Gold Golf, Baba Reshi Shrine, Maharani Temple, St Marys church and others.
There is a piece of advices here, the temperature remains low during most parts of the year so don't forget to pack woolen clothes while making a trip to Gulmarg. The nearest airport is Srinagar from where you can hire a taxi for Gulmarg. There are a host of accommodations in Gulmarg to cater to the tourists.