Achu Wanderlusters! Get ready to be mesmerized by the beauty of Kashmir because we’re taking you to the breathtaking winter wonderland of Gulmarg. 

Also known as the Switzerland of India, Gulmarg is nestled amidst the snow-capped peaks of the Pir Panjal range in Jammu and Kashmir. This little paradise is a magnet for thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. 

So get your snow coats ready, and put on your hand gloves as we take you through the best list of the top things to do in Gulmarg, where every moment is a joyride for all your senses.

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The snow-kissed mountains of Gulmarg

How To Reach Gulmarg

  • By Air: The nearest airport is the Srinagar International Airport, which is located approximately 56 kilometers away. From there you can take a taxi or take a pre-booked private car.
  • By Road: Gulmarg is well-connected to the major cities in Jammu and Kashmir by road. Here are a couple of route options you can choose from:
    • From Srinagar: Gulmarg is about 56 kilometers away from Srinagar. So, you can either get a taxi from Srinagar or take a shared cab or bus from the Batmaloo Bus Stand. 
    • From Jammu: If you are traveling from Jammu, then you can take the National Highway 1A, which connects Jammu with Srinagar. It could take you around 7 to 8 hours, depending on the traffic and weather conditions.
  • By Train: The nearest railway station is the Jammu Tawi Railway Station, located in Jammu. From the railway station, you can either hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Gulmarg via the Jammu-Srinagar highway. 
  • Local Transport: Once you’re in Gulmarg, you can explore the town and its surroundings on foot or hire a pony or a horse for local transportation. The main attractions there such as the Gulmarg Gondola and the golf course, are easily accessible within the town.
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The postcard scenery of Gulmarg

Things To Do in Gulmarg

Ski Ski Ski Your Ski

Gulmarg is renowned for its world-class skiing slopes that attract snow adventurers from around the globe. So grab your skis, buckle up, and descend the powdery slopes like a pro. And if not like a pro per se, try your hands and legs at it for fun. Take in the panoramic views on your way to the slopes. And carve your way through the snow and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Go Up and Beyond With Breathtaking Views On a Gondola

What better mode of transportation can be there than the one that comes with breathtaking views. The Gulmarg Gondola isn’t just a means of transportation; it’s an experience in itself. Take a ride on this iconic cable car, taking in the sheer thrill of being suspended in the air. Let the cool breeze caress your face as you soak in the breathtaking views below. You will definitely love the “suspended” POV. 

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Skiing in Gulmarg

Flow on Snow While Snowboarding

For those seeking an alternative to skiing, snowboarding in Gulmarg is an absolute must-try. All you have to do is strap on your snowboard and slide down the slopes, executing jaw-dropping tricks and flips. Don’t worry if you’re not a master at it. There are guides who can help you with that. So get ready to unleash your inner daredevil as this place is a dream destination for snowboarding enthusiasts.

Sledge Through the White Beauty

Embrace your inner child and hop onto a traditional wooden sledge, locally known as a “sledge ride”. Getready to feel giddy as the sledge glides through the snowy landscapes, maneuvered by skilled guides making you feel that adrenaline rush. 

Hike Your Way To Bliss

Gulmarg isn’t just a winter wonderland. It also offers  spectacularly beautiful hikes during the warmer months. All you have to do is lace up your boots and embark on a trek to the stunning Alpather Lake or explore the lush meadows of Khilanmarg. And as you wander through nature’s artwork, you’ll encounter jaw-dropping vistas and experience exotic wildlife. These hikes will give you the perfect blend of adventure and serenity.

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The snowy landscape of the Switzerland of India

Feel Awe-Inspired at Apharwat Peak

Prepare to be mesmerized by the awe-inspiring Apharwat Peak. Hop on the Gondola and reach the summit, where you’ll be greeted by panoramic views that defy imagination. Stand in awe as you witness the majestic Himalayas stretching into the horizon. This spot is a photographer’s paradise, so don’t forget your camera!

Indulge in Local Cuisine

After all the adrenaline-filled activities, it’s time to satiate your taste buds with Gulmarg’s mouthwatering local cuisine. Relish traditional Kashmiri delicacies like Rogan Josh, Yakhni, and the famous Kashmiri Pulao. Sip on a hot cup of Kashmiri Kahwa, a traditional saffron-infused green tea, while enjoying the scenic beauty that surrounds you.

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Tourist during snowfall in Gulmarg

Get Your Golf On In Gulmarg

Swing your clubs amidst the picturesque landscapes, breathing in the crisp mountain air. The Gulmarg Golf Club offers a challenging yet rewarding experience for golf enthusiasts, ensuring a memorable day on the greens.

Revel in The Local Culture

To truly immerse yourself in the essence of Gulmarg, engage with the warm-hearted locals and embrace their vibrant culture. Visit the bustling local market, interact with artisans, and indulge in shopping for exquisite handicrafts, Pashmina shawls, and traditional Kashmiri attire. Have conversations with the locals and listen to them share tales of their rich heritage and traditions.

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The pristine peaks of Gulmarg

Go Galloping Around on Horseback 

Gallop into the wilderness and channel your inner adventurer as you embark on a thrilling horseback ride through the enchanting landscapes of Gulmarg. Traverse meandering trails, explore hidden valleys, and soak in the picturesque beauty that surrounds you. Let the rhythmic trot of your trusty 4 legged friend carry you into the heart of nature’s embrace.

Camping Under The Star Studded Sky

If the stars beckon you, you must opt for a night under the starlit sky. Camping in Gulmarg will offer you a surreal experience, where you can cozy up around a bonfire, share stories, and marvel at the twinkling constellations. The peacefulness of the surroundings and the crisp mountain air will transport you to a state of tranquility. 

The Gulmarg Gondola 

Get Ready For The Photo-Op of The Year

Hear ye! Hear ye! All the shutterbugs get ready. It’s time to click some very enviable pictures. Gulmarg offers a myriad of opportunities for capturing breathtaking photographs. From the majestic Himalayan peaks to the vivid hues of the wildflowers, every frame is a masterpiece waiting to be captured. Let your creativity soar as you document the awe-inspiring landscapes and preserve memories that will ignite wanderlust in others.

Exploring Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve 

Nature enthusiasts will find solace in the Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve. Embark on a guided tour through this ecological marvel, home to diverse flora and fauna. Spot elusive species like the Himalayan black bear, musk deer, and a plethora

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The mesmerizing flora of Gulmarg

Tips To Travel To Gulmarg

  • Weather and Clothing: Remember to pack warm clothing, including jackets, sweaters, and thermals as Gulmarg has low temperatures throughout the year. And of course, don’t forget to carry sturdy shoes and accessories like gloves, hats, and scarves.
  • Travel Documents: Make sure you have a valid passport and necessary visas. Remember to check travel advisories and stay updated on any restrictions or requirements before your trip. Because you will not want to have unnecessary roadblocks.
  • Accommodations: It’s better to make reservations for your accommodation in advance, especially during peak seasons, to secure the best options. Gulmarg offers various hotels, guesthouses, and resorts. So whatever your budget maybe you will find something. 
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The picturesque floral fields of Gulmarg
  • Local Culture: Have fun while traveling but remember to respect the local customs and traditions. Engage with the locals and learn about their rich culture and heritage.
  • Safety: Make sure you follow safety guidelines and stay updated on the current security situation. It’s best to hire local guides or take organized tours for outdoor activities to save some time.
  • Photography: It’s important to make your followers jealous of your travels. So remember to make use of the picturesque landscapes for photography. Capture the beauty of the meadows, mountains, and wildlife but be mindful of any restrictions in sensitive areas.
  • Health and Altitude: Gulmarg is situated at an obviously high altitude, so be prepared for potential altitude-related issues. Stay hydrated, take it easy on arrival, and consult your doctor if you have any concerns.
  • Be Responsible: Respect the natural beauty of Gulmarg by disposing of waste properly and avoiding littering. Follow designated trails and contribute to the preservation of the ecosystem.
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The enchanting sunset in Gulmarg


Get your scarves, coats and sense of adventure ready and be prepared to make the most of your time in the “Switzerland of India”. Keep this article close to have the best experience and make memories that will last forever just as the beauty of Gulmarg will.

Some FAQs For You

How many days are enough in Gulmarg?

Well, the number of days you might find enough to visit Gulmarg depends on your itinerary and the activities you want to do. But generally, 2-3 days are sufficient to explore the main attractions and enjoy the top activities like skiing and snowboarding.

How can I commute within Gulmarg?

The best way to commute within Gulmarg is on foot but if you’re feeling adventurous you can hop on a pony. These are popular modes of local transportation and convenient for getting around the town and nearby areas.

What is the best time to visit Gulmarg?

If you want to make the most of your time in Gulmarg, the best time to visit is during the winter season, from December to February, when the town is covered in snow and offers excellent skiing opportunities. However, the summer months from May to September are also pleasant for outdoor activities and sightseeing.

How long is Gulmarg Ropeway?

The Gulmarg Ropeway is one of the best attractions of Gulmarg. It is also the longest cable car rides in Asia and consists of two phases, the Gulmarg Gondola Phase 1 and Phase 2. And it has a whopping total length of around 5 kilometers.

How much does it cost to ski in Gulmarg?

The cost of skiing in Gulmarg varies depending on various factors such as equipment rental, ski instructor fees, and the duration of skiing. On an average, you can expect to spend around INR 1,500 to INR 3,000 per day for skiing in Gulmarg.


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