Gulmarg is a city in Kashmir and is noted for having one of the world’s highest gondolas (cable car). It is located at height of 2,600m on a pine-fringed plateau is the town of Gulmarg, literally meaning ‘Meadow of Flowers’.
In winter, Gulmarg is a powder paradise. The ski season runs from mid-December to mid-March and offers miles and miles of beautiful empty snowfields. The world’s highest two-tier gondola is located here, taking skiers up to 3,747m for panoramic views that include Nanga Parbat, the world’s ninth highest mountain across the border in Pakistan.
1. Go Sledging!
Race down the mountain on a sledge. Sledges are available to hire (the traditional wooden kind) and the beauty of tobogganing here is that there are porters to help pull you back up the slopes!
2. Learn to Ski
There are three ‘baby slopes’ perfect for learner skiers. Instructors can be hired for the day, the week or for a one-off lesson and they tend to be very good with kids. Equipment is available to rent in Gulmarg but if you are about your ski gear, best bring it with you and please take note that Skiing in Gulmarg is cheapest in the world.
3. Take a Ride on the Gondola
The 1st phase of the Gondola takes visitors to Kongdori Station at a height of 2,600m and the second stage goes up to a dizzying 3,747m. If you’re lucky with the weather, the views from the top are simply incredible.
4. Having a Tea
This corner of India is well-known for its delicious kahwah tea, a traditional green tea preparation traditionally enjoyed in Afghanistan, northern Pakistan and some regions of Central Asia. It’s prepared by boiling green tea leaves with saffron, cinnamon, cardamom and sometimes Kashmiri roses. It’s delicious and the perfect way to warm up on a cold, winter’s day.
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