Places to See in Gulmarg
Among the most breathtaking attractions is the Cable Car ride. Located about 1 km from the main bus stand, the Jammu & Kashmir State Cable Car Corporations operates the cable car ride. The Gondola lift ride is separated into two segments- from Gulmarg to Kongdoor to Apherwat. The lift passes over the beautiful pine woods, preliminary from a height of 2690 m and increases up to 3090 m. The magnificent view of the lush green hills and picturesque surroundings offers a wonderful experience for the tourist. The ride passes Khilanmarg - a field with striking colorful flowers.
Skiing and snowboarding are two activities that have made Gulmarg a popular destination for snow sports in India. Winter arrives here in full glory and covers the hills with thick sheet of smooth snow. The slopes are all natural and are suitable for beginners and professionals. The Indian Institute of Skiing & Mountaineering offers various ski courses for amateurs and advanced skiers. Gulmarg has several ski resorts with all kinds of facilities. Best time to visit is for skiing is in months of January to March.
Located at a distance of 13 km from Gulmarg, lies a serene and dazzling Alpather Lake. The lake is triangular shaped and perfectly placed in the surroundings of picturesque snow capped hills. The gardens besides the lake add beauty to its backdrop. The lake remains frozen till June and in summer floating ice pieces can be seen in streams of crystal clear water. The place is also a good spot for trekking lovers.
Baba Reshi Shrine
Built in 1480, the Shrine or Ziarat is a sacred mosque located in the Gulmarg valley is dedicated to the Muslim scholar and saint Baba Reshi. The shrine is measured as a holy shrine. Baba Reshi was an important noble during the era of King Zain-ul-Abidin. The shrine was constructed with Mughals and Persian styles of architecture and is situated in enormous green lawns. It is an extremely valued religious shrine that attracts thousands of devotees each year.