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Gulmarg –The Place Known as “The Heartland of Winter Sports in India”
Prominent Tourist Attractions in Gulmarg
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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