Skiing in Kashmir - Gulmarg :
Gulmarg offers some
magical skiing. A new Gondola takes skiers to the
heights where crisp snow makes skiing a delight. Some of
the best slopes in the country for beginners and
intermediate skiers are available at Gulmarg. Skiing
equipment is available on hire from the Ski-Shop. In
winter Gulmarg's natural slopes and inclines turn into
the country's premier skiing resort. Not all tourists
who visit in winter come for skiing. Tobogganing, the
most popular among them requires no skill. No skill is
required - a flat wooden board is taken up the hill and
is allowed to descend downhill. There are also snow
scooters and snow bobbing.
In fact if one talks about skiing in J&k, it is only about
Gulmarg as it has one of the most renowned skiing resort
in Asia, when it comes to facilities and surrounding
ecstasies. It also has the distinction of being the
highest lift served resort in the world. Gulmarg is a
great place for total beginners. They can learn to ski on
the two Poma ski-lifts on the snow covered golf course.
There are slopes that are apt for people with all levels
of skills. You will see even young kids skiing on
relatively easier slopes using a wooden board and
professionals swarming on tougher looking tracks. Gulmarg
was also the host to the first winter games in the year
To start your skiing pleasure, you can choose the height
from which you are comfortable. If you think you are good
enough, step into the gondola lift and roll up to the top
of Apherwat mountain at about 13000 ft from where you can
slide down. As and when you reach the top of the mountain,
you will notice the instant difference, the place is
unimaginably quiet, exquisitely lonely and chillingly
cold. The winds exaggerate the feeling of biting in the
air. But you probably won't mind it as you will be looking
at the most spell-bounding scene you would have ever seen.
Right in front of you are the twin peaks of Nun and Kun
and to your left is an 8000 m plus mountain which is
either K2 or Nanga Parbat. After being satiated just slide
down the gentle but unpredictable slopes of Apherwat.
Skiing Facilities Available
The facilities that are available here are the best in
Asia. There are skiing schools that train the beginners on
how to handle the powdery snow and the precautions that
one must take while skiing. There are shops that give the
equipment required on hire. And the gears and sequipment
provided is as good as you will get anywhere else in the
world. There are good medical facilities as well in the
region that takes care of any mishap that occurs on the
slopes. Avalanche control facilities are also there but
they need to be stepped up a bit.
Other forms of skiing are also practiced on the
snow-covered slopes of Gulmarg. The most famous of them is
the Heliskiing. Gulmarg resort is the only resort in
entire Asia that provides the facility of hail-skiing. In
this, you will be dropped off on the tip of the hill from
where you will ski downhill with a far greater speed than
in normal skiing. This definitely is more thrilling and
scintillating than ordinary skiing but the prospective
dangers are also higher. A person who is new to this sport
should best avoid it till he knows what skiing is all
It is unbearably cold here, so better dress yourself in
the thickest woolen clothes and some waterproof material
as well. The time to come to Jammu and Kashmir for a
splendid skiing experience is from the month of December
till March end. During Christmas and easter, the number of
people that come here is simply astounding. And many of
them are coming here for second or the third time. You
might be coming here for the first time, but after your
stint with Gulmarg and its snow, you too will be one of
those who are making plans for their next skiing trip to
Jammu and Kashmir.
Skiing in Kashmir
Kashmir Tour And Travels Provides best skiing tour
Tour ID : JKT-05
Duration : 08 Days
/ 07 Nights
Srinagar - Gulmarg - Sonmarg - Pahalgam - Sonmarg .
Day 01/ Arrival Srinagar
On arrival at Srinagar,
you will be met by our representative at the airport and
transfer you to Deluxe Houseboat. Afternoon free for
personal activities. In the evening Shikara ride on Dal
Lake to enjoy the sunset. Overnight at Houseboat.
Day 02/ Local Sightseeing - Srinagar - 50Kms.
Half day tour of world
famous Mughal Gardens visiting the Nishat Bagh (The
garden of pleasure) and Shalimar Bagh (Adobe of love).
Return to houseboat for hot lunch. In the afternoon
Shikara ride on The Dal Lake to enjoy the beauty that
God has graced this city with which is often compared to
Venice. You will get a view of some very interesting
places around the Lake. Overnight at Houseboat.
Day 03/ Srinagar - Gulmarg - 56Kms.
After breakfast leave for
Gulmarg which is one of the most most beautiful summer
resort in the valley. It is also popular for its golf
course (in summer), the highest in the world and skiing
during the winter season. Enjoy the splendor of nature
and the snowy mountains. One can have Gondola ride
(cable car) from Gulmarg to Khalinmarg. Overnight at
Day 04/ Gulmarg - Pahalgam - 149Kms.
After breakfast, leave
from Gulmarg and drive to Pahalgam 2440Mtrs (Vale of
Kashmir) on the way visit Saffron fields and Avantipur
ruins which is eleven hundred years old temple. Finally
by the lunch time you will reach Pahalgam which is the
most famous place for India Film Industry. after lunch
enjoy the nature charm of the valley. Overnight at
Day 05/ Pahalgam
Day to enjoy the beauty
of the Pahalgam valley. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 06/ Pahalgam - Srinagar - 93Kms.
After Breakfast leave
Pahalgam and drive to Srinagar at lunch time you will
reach into the hotel. Afternoon free for personal
activities. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07/ Srinagar - Sonmarg - Srinagar - 196Kms.
Full day excursion to
Sonmarg which is the most beautiful drive from Srinagar.
On the way we stop at any beautyful spots. Continue
drive to Sonmarg 2690Mtrs (Meadow of Gold). One can ride
on horse to visit to Thajiwas Glacier where snow remains
round the year and Sonmarg is known as Gateway of
Ladakh. In the evening return to Houseboat. Overnight at
Day 08/ Departure - Srinagar
Transfer in time to the
airport to connect onwards destination flight.
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Tour ID :
Duration : 5
Nights / 6
Detailed Itinerary :
Day 01: Srinagar
AM: arrive Srinagar,
meeting upon arrival & transfer with assistance to Dlx.
Houseboat/hotel PM: Free for relax to enjoy the scenic
view of mountain ranges around Dal-Lake. Dinner &
Overnight in Dlx. Houseboat/Hotel
Day02: Srinagar-Local Sightseeing (27 kms).
AM: Boat ride by (Shikara)
to Explore the Dal-Lake, Waterways, Back Waters, Canals,
Floating Garden, Vegetable Gardens, Water Lilies, Lotus
Flowers, Easily accessible Mobile Venders, Floating,
Handicrafts Centre & inherited lifestyle of people
living inside the Lake since decades. Return back to Dlx.
Houseboat/Hotel for lunch .PM: Visit to famous Mughal
Gardens, Cheshma Shahi(Royal Spring), Nishat(Garden of
Pleasure), Shalimar ( Abode of Love) Mughal laid Out in
the 16th century & these fall along the bank of Dal-Lake
in the heart of Srinagar City & Shankaracharya Temple
located on a hillock, thus providing panoramic view of
entire City, along with famous Dal-Lake & River Jehlum,
enroute visiting handloom centre famous for production
of Pashmina/Shahtoos shawls & world over reckoned
Carpets, evening return back to Dlx. Houseboat/Hotel for
dinner & overnight stay.
Day 03: Srinagar-Sonamarg-Srinagar (174 kms)
Leave after Breakfast for
full day excursion (with pack lunch) to Sonamarg “The
Meadow of Gold”87kms.From Srinagar in the north-east of
Srinagar at altitude of 3000 mts, above sea level. The
place offers incredible Scenic beauty (while driving to
Sonamarg) dense pine forests, Gigantic Mountains. The
place itself is a popular resort for mountaineers, rock
climbing, besides an important halt on way to Kargil
(Ladakh) & provides the ideal base for various trekking
routes, high mountains, lakes, glaciers & Shri Amarnath
ji holy cave. Evening return back to Dlx.
Houseboat/Hotel for Dinner & overnight stay.
Day 04: Srinagar-Gulmarg-Srinagar (112 kms).
Leave after Breakfast for
full day excursion (with pack lunch) to Gulmarg “Meadow
of wild flowers” lies in the west of Srinagar at a
distance of 56 kms. On an altitude of 2730 Mts. above
sea level, snow caped mountains are all around one can
even have a view of Nanga Parbat on a clear sunny day.
It is Premier winter sports Ski resort For Skiers with
one of the world’s highest 18 hole golf courses. For joy
seekers, cable car upto Alpather via Khilanmarg by
Asia’s long run cable car ride approx. 5 kms. Evening
return back to Dlx. Houseboat/Hotel for dinner &
Day 05: Srinagar-Departure.
Leave after breakfast for
Tour of Srinagar city (old/New city) & proceed to
Srinagar airport to board the scheduled flight for