Videos shot in Gulmarg

Snow Festival:

This short video is recorded from “India 60 Monutes” which is promoting the Gulmarg Snow Festival. They call it the “White Christmas” where they have snow rugby, skiing, skating, snowman competition, snow cycling, and some more!

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Skiing in Gulmarg:

Nice video showing some folks skiing in the snow, and some nice scenery of mountains covered with snow.

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Snow Boarding:

Snow boarding in Gulmarg – a very recent video (Jan/ Feb 2009). This is taken on a Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA8EX camera. Check it out!

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Another Ski Video:

This one is a bit old (Jan / Feb 2008), but has some good close-ups. Although the video may get a bit boring with some repetitive scenes in the end, I liked to listen to the background music :)

Wildlife at Gulmarg

One interesting place to visit would be the Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve. It is spread over an area of 180 square kilometers of land. The reserve is accredited for preserving several rare and endangered species like the Musk deer. It also has a wide choice of birds. The conifers prevail all over the forest. Some of the primary varieties are the Aesculus Indica, Pinus Griffithii, Cedrus Deodara and the Abies Pindrow. The foremost vegetation is of the Sorberia Tomentosa and Indigofera Heterantha. The land here is verdant with Dicotyledonous herbs such as the Rumex Patientia. Numerous species of the extraordinary, scarce and sheltered type are found at the Biosphere Reserve. The major species seen here are the Red Fox, Black Bear, Serow, the Leopard, Musk deer, Brown bear and the Hangul. One could spot several birds such as the Griffon Vulture, the Blue Rock Pigeon, the Kashmir Roller, the Jungle Crow, Koklas, the Show Cock, Monal and the European Hoopoe. Some of these birds are migratory while others are native to this reserve. The ideal time to visit the reserve to spot the animals would be from September to March. March to May would be the best time to visit if you wish to catch a glimpse of the birds.

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You could visit the Alpather Lake which remains frozen until June. It is situated at the foot of the Apharwat Mountain. It is 13 kilometers away from Gulmarg. Tangmarg, which is an army camp 5 kilometers outside Gulmarg from where the road begins its climb up to Gulmarg. Gulmarg is a base for excursions to other places such as Lienmarg. A meandering path via the pine forests will lead you to Lienmarg. This place is ideal for camping. You could visit the Ningli Nallah. The Ningli Nallah is formed from the waters of the Alphater Lake and the snow that melts on the Apharwat Mountains. The brook then proceeds down to the valley to converge with the Jhelum River close to Sopur. People pay a visit to this extended blooming valley for picnics. Here one will spot the Gujars taking their herds up to the higher grazing lands during the summers.

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Another popular place to go on a picnic is the Ferozepur Nallah. This place is particularly popular with anglers as it is a good spot for trout fishing. It is at a distance of approximately 5 kilometers from Gulmarg. The religious minded tourists could visit the Muslim shrine called the shrine of Baba Reshi on the slopes below Gulmarg. A Muslim saint died here in the year 1480 and his ziarat (tomb) is here. He is known to have been a courtier of a king called Zain-Ul-Aibidin before he decided to renounce with the worldly ways. Devotees of all religions visit this shrine.

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Winter sports at Gulmarg

For those who are interested in skiing, Gulmarg has the highest ski slopes. Skiing is normally offered from mid-December to mid-May but mid-January to mid-February is the best time to visit. A vast variety of challenging slopes are offered at Gulmarg. There are slopes for beginners and intermediate from Kongdoori (the mid station for the Gondola) or the advanced could go to the highest slopes in Apharwat. It is possible to catch sight of Mount K2 on a cloudless day. You could hire all the gear such as goggles, sticks and skis that you need for alpine and cross country skiing as well as for ice skating and snow boarding. Tobogganing is very popular here as it does not call for any skill. A wooden board is released from the top of a hill. Besides these, you could also hire snow scooters for riding. The temperature during the winter months could go as low as -11 degrees while the maximum temperature could be +3.

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Every year Gulmarg celebrates the annual snow festival that attracts hordes of tourists to this quaint and immaculate snow covered hill station. Quite a few events are held at the snow festival which include ice hockey, snow rugby and snow cycling. Several people come here for a tour and end up becoming winter sports addicts. Gulmarg is a classic beginner’s ski resort. The women need not wear heavy woolens, a regular pair of slacks or even a salwar kameez will do. You can get hold of an instructor who could teach you to ski. Yet another sport one could indulge in Gulmarg is golf. Standing at a height of 2650 meters it is the highest golf course in the world. This 18-hole golf course has been laid as per international standards to the proviso of Peter Thompson. The crisp weather makes the game all the more stimulating. The winter Games Federation of India has dubbed Gulmarg as the winter sports capital of India during its annual general meeting, which is an honor bestowed on Gulmarg.

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Heli-skiing is another sport offered over here. It involves descending from a helicopter onto the top of a high peak draped in snow and then skiing down the slopes. It is a riveting experience. Those who are interested in heli-skiing can come to Gulmarg. Apart from Canada, Asia’s heli-skiing resort is the best option for those who enjoy this sport.

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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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Map Of Gulmarg

Below is the map of Gulmarg. Use the scroller to zoom as per your preference.
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