Gulmarg in summer.
Gulmarg is located west of Srinagar at a distance of around 50 kilometers and nestled on an altitude of 8,500 ft.. The drive from Srinagar to Gulmarg will take approximately one hour depending on the traffic. From Sonamarg it will take around 3 hours to reach Gulmarg.
It´s not just a ski resort in winter. No it´s definitely worth a visit in summer. With pleasant temperatures around 20 – 30°C, Gulmarg is perfect for outdoor activities like trekking, mountain biking, horese riding fishing or golfing. Yeah that´s right Gulmarg has the highest golf course in the world.
Gulmarg means “meadow of flowers” if you translate it. And of course so it is. It´s beautiful lush green surrounded by pine trees and high rising mountains. Just an impressive scenery. Gulmarg has been the location for shooting of lots of Bollywood movies.
Apart from that you can ride the worlds highest Gondola up to the 14,000 ft high Mt. Apharwat.
Also if you just go down a little bit from Gulmarg towards Tangmarg you will bump into Baba reshi which has a shrine and Baba reshi is a typical kashmiri village.
The hotels are built in a typical design only found in Kashmir. Most of them are covered in pine wood and have colorful roofs. All hotels are outfitted with a so called “Bhukari” which is a typical wood fired oven in the living room. It gives the room a very cozy and warm feeling if needed in summer. After a tasteful and traditional dinner with herbs, spices and meal combinations you’ll find nowhere else in this world you can enjoy for e.g. the markets in Gulmarg “downtown” and buy some souvenirs or just get some food if you like to.
The local bank offers currency exchange for you to change your foreign currency into Indian rupees. All hotels provide a Wi-Fi connection for their customers. At the markets in Gulmarg you’ll find a huge variety of fresh fruits and vegetables for a decent price. Typically Kashmiri handicraft and pashmina shawls are also available in a huge variety at several stores.