- Travel to Gulmarg & Sonamarg in Himalayas which
is full of amazing sights, blessed with all the natural bounties,
surrounded by towering peaks, trekking and hiking trails, a popular
honeymoon destination and known for its immense natural beauty all over
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Gulmarg & Sonamarg
56-km From Srinagar;
Sonamarg - 87-km From Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
Trekking, River Rafting
|Best Time To Visit :
In Summer - May To
In Winter - October To February
Gulamrg and Sonamarg are not just two hill resort destinations of Kashmir,
they also make the ultimate adventure zone of the Kashmir valley.
The valley of Gulmarg, a large meadow about 3-sq-kms in area, stands at
2,730 metres, 56-km south west of Srinagar. The name means 'Meadow Of
Flowers' and in the spring it's just that, a rolling meadow dotted with
countless colourful Bluebells, Daisies, Forget Me Not's and Buttercups. The
valley itself is about 3-km long and up to a km wide.
Adventure Sports In Gulmarg
Gulmarg makes an excellent base for trekking in the northern Pir Panjal
Range. Nanga Parbat can be seen to the north from several view points,
including Khilanmarg, west and over 1,500 feet up the forested hillside from
Gulmarg. From a distance, the Pir Panjal appears somewhat rounded, but when
you are actually walking up its slopes, you will find that its smoother
peaks rise above evergreen clad slopes that seem quite equal in steepness to
those of the main Himalayas.
Golf Courses In Gulmarg :
Situated at an altitude of 2,650 m, Gulamarg has got the highest green golf
course in the world. The layout of the course is quiet striking and the
layout is similar to a normalgolf course with land slopes and inclines along
the complete area of the course, which has a par of 72. The golf club was
started by the British who used Gulmarg as a holiday resort, and opened it
for golf lovers in the year 1904. At present the Jammu & Kashmir Tourism
Development Corporation manages the club.
Skiing Adventure In Gulmarg :
Gulamarg is also counted among the best skiing resorts in India, but you
require a pretty good experince as well as training to ski down the slopes
over here.Gulmarg also make a good ski spot for starters, those who are new
to skiing. Ski enthusiasts can easily find out all required gear and
equipments as well as professional ski instructors in Gulmarg, to try out a
hand on skiing. The longest ski run in Gulmarg is provide by the Gondola
Cable Car, where skiers can swoosh down the slopes from the height of 2,
Sonamarg means 'Meadow of Gold' and although this could be due to the
profusion of flowers that carpet the meadow in the spring it is also
possible that the name derives from Sonamarg's strategic trading position in
the days when this was a major route into central Asia. The Sindh River
meanders along here and abounds with Trout and Mahseer
Adventure Sports In Sonamarg
the starting point of a major trek passing several mountain lakes -
Vishansar, Kishansar, Gadsar, Satsar and Gangabal. One trek leads all the
way to the Amarnath Cave. The other reason for Sonamarg's importance lies in
the fact that it is the last halt on the Kashmir side for the drive from Sri
Nagar to Leh.
One of the most popular short walks from Sonamarg and a major attraction
during the summer months is the 4-km route to Thajiwas, a small valley at
the foot of the Sonamarg glacier. A path leads up to the Shakhdar hill,
overlooking the glacier from the northeast. It is dangerous to climb the
steep slope leading up to the glacier.
How to Get There
Gulmarg is in Baramula District and is 56-kms from Srinagar and Sonamar is
81-km from Srinagar. The nearest Airport is situated in Badgam District,
which is well connected with all the major cities of India.
The nearest railhead is atJammu.
All sorts of transport are available to Gulmarg from Srinagar bus stand at
Batmallo and from private transport operators. Bus services to Sonamarg are
available from Srinagar and Anantnag.