Kashmir is rather a mysterious place to a lot of people in the world. Neither the World wide web nor any decent travel guide will tell you the truth about this really very special place. Kashmir is the most northern state of the Indian country. It’s nestled in western Himalayas between Pakistan to the west and China to its east. By Indians it’s also known as the “paradise on earth” and this is absolutely true. The untouched beauty of nature is overwhelming. For example: some of the highest peaks on this globe like K2 and Nanga Parbat are located in the Pakistan administered area of Kashmir. Indian Part of Kashmir have also high mountains up to 7000 metres tall.
When you think about travelling to Kashmir you might also think about the safety in terms of the political situation. Firstly, there’s to say that the conflict between India and Pakistan has become very stable since 2003. When you will fly into Srinagar you will soon realize that this is a different airport of what you’ve seen so far in your life. Srinagar is actually an airport by the Indian army – so don’t be surprised when you see a lot of soldiers. However, we are aware that some international departments for foreign affairs still publish travel advisory for Kashmir without any proof of reason. The last tumults happened in 1990. Gulmarg is a ski resort place and located 50 kilometers away from Srinagar. Nothing ever has happened here in Gulmarg. It’s basically a ski village and an absolutely safe place to travel and to ski.
The culture here in Kashmir is certainly very special. We have many religions like Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs, Christians and Hindus peacefully living beside each other. People here speak Kashmiri, Hindi, and of course English (the official language all over India). The main language spoken here is Kashmiri. The Kashmiri cuisine is very much tending to the Indian kitchen. For sure there’s a huge difference: here you’ll get a lot of meat and also beef which you’ll hardly find in the rest of India.
Gulmarg is a ski resort place. It’s located west of Srinagar at a distance of around 50 kilometers and is located on an altitude of 2600 meters. The drive from Srinagar to Gulmarg will take approximately one hour depending on the traffic and snow conditions. During the winter it is only accessible by a four wheel drive. It´s totally different from other skiplaces in Europe, USA, Canada or New Zealand. It’s filled with Kashmiri tradition.
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 facilities provide central heating ensuring you to have a convinient stay when you get up for your breakfast or return in the evening after carving fresh powder lines during the day. 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. After a tasteful and traditional dinner with herbs, spices and meal combinations you’ll find nowhere else in this world you can either enjoy for e.g. the markets in Gulmarg “downtown”, go ice skating or bump into one of the party nights.
Yes, there is a kind of ‘Apres-ski’ here in Gulmarg. For e. g. there’s a party happening every Friday and Saturday here in Global, Alpine Ridge and at the Pine Palace Hotel.
Skiing in the Himalayas of Kashmir with a variety of an exceptional terrain for all kind of abilities. The ski terrain of Gulmarg, India is simply amazing; few kilometers long open alpine bowls for intermediate skiers and snowboarders; up to 5000 meters altitude untracked and undiscovered peaks for intermediate and extreme skiers.
Hotel Highlands Park Gulmarg is literally the centre of attraction and one of Kashmir’s premier tourist destination. The Highlands Park is an authentic hotel. If you want to explore Kashmiri culture and food, it’s the best place to be. They have a nice bar where they serve wine and beer.
HEAVY SNOWFALL – NOT TOO COLD
The climate in this state is quite extrem due to the largely varying altitude. Four extreme seasons destine whether you can enjoy one of the best powder snow conditions in the world (during the winter) or go hiking throughout the highest mountains in the world (during the summer).
EARLY JANAURY to MID OF MARCH
From early January till around mid of March you’ll get the amazing dry powder snow. During that time, the weather conditions offer us very cold nights with temperatures down below – 25° C and weekly intense snowstorms. This combination plus the degree of latitude on 35° in the northern hemisphere leads to clear blue sky and the unique powder snow. The clouds responsible for the snow storms come in from the Arabian Sea and hit the Pir Panjal Range of our Himalayas from the southern direction, where Gulmarg ski resort is located.
No worries on bad weather days! We can offer you a great programme when we are not able to fly because of the weather conditions. Don’t forget it’s for your own safety and no body can affect the weather. From Gulmarg (elevation of 2.600 meters) you can ski down to villages like Baba Reshi, Tangmarg, Drungg which are settled on 2000 meters while using a four wheel drive, it’s similar like a Cat Skiing. Therefore, skiing is possible every day no matter what the weather conditions are like plus you’ll get a very unique village experience in the Kashmir Himalayas.
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This is a pretty realiable Snow Forecast for ultimate powder skiing in the Himalayas we would like to recommend! We’re always up to date and try to inform you as soon as possible. In generell the evening before we’ll check the forecast and decide for the next day.
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TRAVEL INFORMATION & FAQ
We support local kids with free equipment and ski lessons. Ski Tourism is economically very important for Kashmir. If the kids will learn to ski and snowboard it will give huge employment to the local young generation. We request our guests if they are planning to visit Kashmir for skiing, if you have any used kids ski gear, jackets, gloves etc. , please bring it along with you, you will find lots of small local kids on slope where you can give them , they will have a big smile on there face, unfortunately its not easy for locals to get their hands on ski gear in Gulmarg, Kashmir, India.