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Happy Holidays – Gulmarg

The ageless beauty of Gulmarg reflects the purity of nature. This small yet magnificent town is haven for the adventure seekers and a paradise for nature lovers. Toddle along the vast stretches of flower-clad meadows and sway through the alpine mountains replete with snow. Gulmarg, situated at an altitude of 2730 m in the Baramulla district of Jammu & Kashmir, was discovered by the British in the year 1927. The literal meaning of Gulmarg is “meadow of flowers”. Gulmarg was originally known as Gaurimarg after Goddess Gauri, wife of the Hindu almighty god, Shiva. Its present name was given to it by King Yousuf Shah Chak, the last indigenous king of Kashmir, who was mesmerised by the beauty of the place, its grass slopes and its peaceful environment.

The town takes great pride in owning Asia’s largest and world’s second largest cable car project called Gulmarg Gondola. The Gondola Ride is one of the most preferred modes of sightseeing. Gulmarg also boasts about being the longest Golf Course in India. Tourists must visit the Ningle Nallah, a stream originating from the melting snow of the Apharwat Peak. The stream flows down the mountain and meets the river Jhelum near Sopore. Tourists can cross the stream ending in Khilanmarg over a bridge, which is another popular tourist spot. The Outer Circle Walk of Kashmir Valley comes highly recommended to tourists. During the walk, visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of the place and the magnificent view of the fourth highest peak in the world, the Nanga Parbat, standing tall at 8500 m. Ningle Nallah, Verinag, and Ferozepur Nallah are some of the popular streams in the region. The pristine and clear waters of the Verinag is said to be blessed with medicinal properties, owing to which many tourists visit the stream. Visitors can also visit the popular Alpather Lake, situated at a distance of 13 km from Gulmarg. The prominent feature of this lake is that it stays frozen throughout the year till mid-June and during summer flows down the valley, taking with it floating pieces of ice. The snow-covered mountains of the place make for a splendid backdrop.

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