Skiing in Gulmarg – a wonderful combination of incredible powder skiing and the unique culture of India – one of the world’s greatest adventure skiing experiences!
Gulmarg is a small isolated hill-village situated in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir at the western extremity of the Himalayas in a subsidiary range called the Pir Panjals. It is 35 miles from Srinagar, the state capital.
Due to its geographic location Gulmarg gets some of the heaviest snowfalls in the Himalayas and it has earned the distinction of being the best ski resort in the Himalayas. Skiing was first introduced to Gulmarg by two British Army officers who established the first ski club in 1927 although it wasn’t until 9-10 years ago when Gulmarg’s name really first started to appear on the cognoscenti’s hotlist!
The village itself sits in gently undulating meadows high above the Kashmiri plateau at about 2,700m.
The area is close to the disputed Pakistan-India border and there is no escape from the huge military presence in the resort and the surrounding area. However any initial unease you may feel is quickly eroded as you discover that the locals are all extremely friendly and welcoming.
Summer: 29- 13 C
Winter: 09 – -14 C
Best Season : May to September and November to February
Clothing : Summer- light woollen clothing with rain-coat, Winter – Heavy woollen
Languages spoken : Kashmiri, Hindi and English
STD Code: 01954
How to be There..
The closest airport to Gulmarg is at Srinagar. Srinagar receives a flight from Delhi everyday. Srinagar is well connected to all the major airports in India. From airport, you will have ample of option to come to Gulmarg.
Jammu is the closest railway station from Gulmarg. Several trains from all parts of this country arrive at this station.
State Road Transport Corporation of Jammu and Kashmir operates both luxury and normal coaches to and from Srinagar to Gulmarg.