Gulmarg a heartland of winter sports in India is easily accessible from Srinagar international airport (SXR) in less than 2 hours by a private car or coach. CNN International has rated Gulmarg as Asia’s seventh best ski destination. The resort also hosts one of the highest cable cars (Gondola) in the world reaching 3980 m. The summers are just as busy with temperatures ranging from 25° – 30° C. Gulmarg attracts outdoor sports fanatics with its world class golfing, trekking, mountain biking, horse riding and fishing.
The Gulmarg golf course is like nothing you have seen or imagined before. Situated at an altitude of 2650 m it is the highest 18-hole green golf course anywhere in the world. The historic Gulmarg Golf Club was established in 1902 and offers golf equipment on hire, professional instruction, and short-term memberships. The course remains covered under snow from December to April. One can hire golf sets and balls from pros that are registered with the tourism department.
Gulmarg has a number of walkways that lead through charming meadows and pine forests, covering several streams and snow-capped peaks to be rewarded with sweeping views of the Great Himalayas from Nanga Parbat and Harmukh to the twin peaks of Nun Kun.
The easiest way to experience all the charms that Gulmarg has to offer is on a horseback.
The Gulmarg Gondola, Asia's highest and longest cable car project, provides a thrilling ride from the Gulmarg Meadow (2650m) through pine-clad slopes to Apharwat (3980m)
An Angling Park has been developed in Gulmarg, while excellent fly-fishing is available on the Ferozepur Stream.
The St. Mary Church , Shiva Temple, Maharaja’s Palace, Lake and Children’s Park are well worth a visit. On a clear day, the Circuit Road view point offers unparalleled views of Nanga Parbat (World’s second highest peak) coupled with a panoramic view of the entire Kashmir Valley.
Gulmarg is the ultimate skiing resort for all levels of skiers, with runs ranging from gentle beginner slopes to the massive (2 km+) ski run accessible by the Gondola.
An ice-skating rink has been recently developed in Gulmarg for enthusiasts.
Advanced skiers are ferried by helicopter to otherwise inaccessible Himalayan peaks for the ultimate skiing experience.