The ‘Heartland of Winter sports’, Gulmarg is where all the excitement takes place. The very first ski resort was established here in 1927 and ever since Gulmarg has been an epitome of skiing in the country. The town also takes great pride in owning Asia’s largest and world’s second largest cable car project called Gulmarg Gondola. It connects Gulmarg with Aparwath Mountain, from where one can ski down on a long snow-trail. Shark Fin is another brilliant place for powder skiing in the town. Gulmarg also boasts about being the longest Golf Course in India. Set against a beautiful backdrop, it attracts a large number of visitors.
Apharwat Peak, 13500 feet high, is a famous tourist destination located at thirteen km away from Gulmarg. This snow covered mountain lies close to the Line of Control (LOC) with Pakistan. Apharwat slopes are the longest and the highest ski slopes of Asia and is a destination of ski enthusiasts from all over the world. To transport the visitors to the top there is a cable car service called Gondola which operates in two levels. The Gondola with 36 six seat cabins lifts through 1330 m height and covers nearly 5 km distance to level two at 3980 m on Apharwat Peak. A thirty-minute walk will take one to the actual peak. Skiing on the snow slopes is possible in north-west and southeast directions.
About 35 kilometres away from Srinagar, is the Gulmarg hill resort, which is a part of the Pir Panjals Himalayan range. Heavy snowfall in this region has made it a favourite ski area for foreign as well as inland residents. Anyone coming here is spellbound at the spectacular view of the snow peaks. The skiing area consists of the gondola terrain, lower tree skiing areas and the poma terrain in the town. A good option is to go and ski in the old fir and pine trees that take you into the valley. It is also possible to do heli-ski type runs from great heights off a gondola.
Golf Course in Gulmarg, situated at a height of 2,650 m above sea level, is the highest green golf course in the world. This 18-hole golf course is completely managed by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation. Temporary membership, even for one day, is available at the club for the golfers. Gulmarg golf course, counted among the most beautiful golf courses in India, is composed of both slopes and inclines. This golf club was started by the British who used Gulmarg as a holiday resort. In 1904, this golf course was opened to the golf lovers. In 1922, first Golf Championship was organised at this golf course.
Khilanmarg is situated at a distance of 4 km from the Gulmarg bus stop. Tourists can easily reach this place by walking across the meadows of the valley. Surrounded by mountains on all sides, the valley is scattered with wild flowers in the spring season. Tourists can enjoy the panoramic views of the Nanga Parbat, the Himalayas, and the twin peaks of Nun and Kun.
Experience the thrill and the excitement of riding the highest cable car in the world and enjoy the stunning vistas of the Kashmir landscapes. The Gondola operates in two phases, PHASE 1 and PHASE 2.
Each Gondola is a small yellow colored cabin with space for 6 adults. The cabins are slung on high tensile strength cables which move continuously. The Gondolas have two stops, where they slow down to enable Embarking and Disembarking of Tourists.
Aparwath is in high altitude than Kungdoor and more scenic, ascending steeply to the rocky mountain peak. The Gondola occasionally travels above the clouds. Snow in Aparwath is very soft and crystal clear and treat for eyes. From Gulmarg to Kungdoor it will take 10 mins and from Koongdoor to Aparwath 12 mins. This is most adventurous journey and life time experience.
Patients of Heart Disease, Respiratory in-sufficiency and children below 05 are not allowed. Also the weather can be chilling at any time of the year so Tourists are advised to carry along warm clothing’s.