Gulmarg, “the flower meadow”, is a Himalayan health resort 50km from Srinagar. Nestling at 8690ft above sea level in a valley of the Pir Panjal range, it is noted for its splendid landscapes and, in winter, for its ski slopes.
The skiing season usually starts in mid-December, just before Christmas, and continues until early April. Now that cable cars have been installed Gulmarg boasts the fifth highest ski slope in the world, with a descent of more than 5km starting at nearly 13,000ft on Mount Apharwat.
With its pleasant summer temperatures of 25-30°C, Gulmarg is a busy resort all year round. In summer people come to play golf, sail, fish or head into the hills on foot, VTT or horseback.
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