"India's only Ski Resort: Gulmarg" Gulmarg by goutammitra

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Gulmarg, Khilanmarg : Indian Ski Paradise

Gulmarg has been India's only genuine Ski Resort since British period. There are other places in Himachal where Ski is possible but the Ski area in Gulmarg is about five KM long stretch at an altitude of 13000 feet, which makes it largest and highest Ski slope in Asia.

Gulmarg has been a resort for the kings like Yousuf Shah Chak and Jahangir who used to visit frequently. The old name of Gulmarg was "Gaurimarg", the name of Lord Shiva's wife. Yousuf Shah Chak changed its name to Gulmarg, meaning the place of roses. During the early part of the 20th century the famous Central Asian explorer Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862?1943), made his home here in a tent between his expeditions. It was a favourite summer holiday destination for the British stationed in India.
The surrounding areas were politically restive during a period of relative peace and quiet. The town is nestled within the imposing Himalayan peaks, and lies within miles of the Line of Control. It receives heavy snowfall during the winter season and is a popular ski resort.
With the abatement of militancy in the area, Gulmarg has quickly become one of the state's most visited destinations. The slopes of the Afarwat Hills of the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalaya Chain boast one of the longest and highest ski slopes in Asia. The total distance covered by ski lifts is five kilometres and the resort peaks at an altitude of 3,950 m (12,959 ft), accessed by an aerial gondola (telecabine).

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Heavenly place, no pollution !
  • Cons:Too much bargaining, people try to cheat here
  • In a nutshell:In all touristy places they do, just ignore and enjoy your trip
  • Last visit to Gulmarg: Nov 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • abi_maha's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Nice page, I so agree with you, we really should be sensitive to local livelihoods while touring, appreciate your gesture of taking the ponies! -Abi

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Looks like a very pleasant place to visit, and especially if you are a skiier and there is a lot of snow. The information about the ponies is also quite interesting and it was nice of you to help them out.


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