About Gulmarg and its ropeway

Gulmarg is a lush valley 56 kilometers away from Srinagar in the north western direction. It is one of the leading hill resorts in the country. It will take you about two hours to drive there by bus or car. It is one of the most exquisite resorts in the highlands. Surrounded by fir and pine covered slopes and shaped like a bowl, it is I kilometer wide and 3.5 kilometer long. The meadow presents a blend of exciting outdoor activities and a serenely natural setting. Gulmarg is in its element in all the seasons. The subtle pastel hues of spring soon transform into vibrant shades in summer. Wild flowers bloom everywhere in the valley in every natural color. This adorable valley is a paradise on earth. There is indication that Emperor Jahangir had garnered twenty one types of flowers right here. Some of the flowers that blossom in this meadow are daisies, blue bells, buttercups and forget-me-nots. Part of the allure comes from distinguishing the pear and mulberry trees, the rice fields and the walnut clusters.

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Two words clubbed together form the word Gulmarg. Gul means flower and marg means place. Gulmarg actually means the meadow of flowers. Gulmarg falls in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. Kings like Jahangir and Yousuf Shah Chak habitually visited this resort. Previously the place was named Gaurimarg after Lord Shiva’s wife. Yousuf Shah Chak altered the name to Gulmarg. Sir Marc Aurel Stein dwelled here in a tent between his expeditions in the early 20th century. The British who were stationed in India loved to spend their summers here.

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This town is huddled in the daunting Himalayan crests. During the winters there is heavy snowfall here. The climate and the slopes put together make it very favorable for skiing. Gulmarg is one of the most toured destinations in Kashmir. One of the highest and longest ski slopes of Asia is the Apharwat Hills (4200 meters) of the Pir Panjal Range. At the peak, this resort stands at a height of 3747 meters. One can reach here by an aerial gondola. In keeping with the slopes Gulmarg has the highest and longest cable car project. The ropeway transports roughly 600 people per hour back and forth the Kongdoori Mountain. The ropeway is set in two stages. The first stage transports you up to Kongdoori station in the bowl shaped Kongdoori valley from Gulmarg resort at 2600 meters. The second stage of the ropeway transports skiers further up the Kongdoori Mountain.

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