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Jammu & Kashmir : Gulmargh

Gulmarg at an altitude of 2,730 metres above sea level, 56 kms north west Srinagar. The mountain meadow, to which the name properly belongs, is about two miles long, in places half a mile broad, and is somewhat crescent shaped. All around are snow capped mountains, and on a clear day you see all the way to Nanga Parbat in one direction and Srinagar in another, the scenery and flowers are lovely. In natural advantages it is immensely superior to other Himalayan hill-stations.

Directly above Gulmarg, at the forest limit, are some other places called Khilanmarg, Kongdori and seven Springs. Gulmarg also has one of the world's highest green golf courses, in the heart of Gulmarg is its porraceous, rolling golf course, as well as a club house which is a historical building in its own right. For a fun-filled ride of a most unusual kind, Gulmarg's newly constructed gondola lift from high above Gulmarg, through pine-clad slopes, is exhilarating. It is worlds second heighest cable car.

Gulmargh is the ultimate beginner's skiing resort, one can hire snowboots, mufflers, woollen socks, windproof jackets and caps, skis, sticks, goggles even one can find an instructor and set off down the slopes

Through the summer and well into the autumn, Gulmarg is a magnetic attraction for golfers from all over the world. The world's highest, 18-hole green golf course is at Gulmarg.A highland meadow, just 4 km from Gulmarg, Khilanmarg is accessible by foot, by pony or in a dandi. From here, the view of the snow peaks and the limpid waters of the Wular Lake is a breathtaking one, unfurling vista upon vista of Himalayan grandeur.



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