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Gulmarg –The Place Known as “The Heartland of Winter Sports in India”
About Gulmarg
Gulmarg is an extremely beautiful hill station located in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. Situated amidst beautiful hills and meadows covered by forests and snow peaked mountains, the place was previously known as Gaurimarg, after Goddess Parvati. Later, king Yusuf Khan Chak, renameditas Gulmarg, which literally means “meadow of flowers”. The place was a frequented by kings and members of the royal family, for whom Gulmarg was a great summer resort. Later, during the British rule, Gulmarg became a favorite destination of the British officers during the summer season. Today, Gulmarg is renowned as one of the best skiing resorts in India, as it houses some of the best ski slopes in the country.

Prominent Tourist Attractions in Gulmarg
Gondola Lift: The Gondola lift or the Cable Car ride is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Gulmarg. The ride consists of two sections with the first one being from Gulmarg to Kongdori, which commences at a height of 2690 m and ends at the height of 3090 m on reaching Kongdori. The second section of the ride commences at Kongdori and ends at Apherwat. The Gondola ride provides the visitors with breathtaking views of underlying pine forests along with the picturesque surroundings and the lush green terrains and the beautiful flower covered meadows of Khilanmarg.

Baba Reshi Shrine: The Baba Reshi Shrine is one of the most sacred mosques of Kashmir, which is devoted to saint Baba Reshi, a renowned Muslim scholar and a prominent courtier during the reign of Zain-ul-Abidin. This holy shrine was constructed in 1480 and features the best of the Mughal and Persian architectural styles. Situated amidst immense green lawns, the shrine has enough room to accommodate thousands of people at once... The shrine is located in a vast expanse of greenish lawns and it can accommodate many thousands at a time. In addition, the structure is also well-known for unique style of wood work which is done on the inside and helps enhance its beauty.

Alpathar Lake: This serene and beautiful lake is located at a distance of nearly 13 kms from Gulmarg, beyond Khilanmarg at the base of the twin peaks of Afarwat. The lake is shaped like a triangle and generally remains frozen till mid-June. The lake is surrounded beautiful gardens situated in the backdrop of hilly terrains covered with snow. Visitors can reach the lake after an adventurous trek across snow covered mountains, which makes it a favorite destination for people who love trekking. In addition, the lake is also a favorite picnic spot especially during the summer when visitors are able to clear water flowing in streams across cracks in the large chunks of frozen ice.

St. Mary’s Church: Dating back to the British Raj era, this church is one of the most important Christian holy places of Gulmarg. Constructed nearly 150 years back, the architecture and design of the church was conceptualized by renowned British architects in accordance with the styles followed in the construction of British churches. This is the only church in Gulmarg, which is located at a site which can also be reached by trekking. The Church was renovated in 2003 and in the same year, it organized the first Christmas Mass after 14 years.

Avantiswami Temple: This is the larger of the two temples, constructed by King Awantivarman, here around the 9th century and was dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Even though the temple is completely destroyed, it is frequented by a large number of tourists, who are mesmerized by its elegance and Greek style architecture, reflected even by its ruins. The other smaller temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, has been renovated and is used for offering everyday prayers.


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