beauty, prime location and proximity to Srinagar
naturally make it one of the premier hill resorts in the
country. Gulmarg, a mountain resort of exceptional
beauty- has the highest green golf course in the world,
at an altitude of 2,650 m, and is the country's premier
ski resort in the winter. On way to Gulmarg travellers
generally stop their vehicles for a few minutes and look
out a spectacle of snow-covered mountains, almost within
Redesigned by the famous golf architect, Peter Thompson,
Gulmarg now has a 6,760 yards, par 72, 18 hole golf
course. The highest course in the world, it also boasts
of India's longest hole, a par five, 610 yards. Unlike
most of the other par-fives on the Gulmarg course, the
eighth plays much longer than its 610 yards because of
the uphill factor. The green course includes not only
the pre-defined rivulets, streams and ponds, but also
herds of sheep which eliminate the need for lawn mowers
and keep the fairways in top condition.
A golfer at Gulmarg also has to beware of the local crow
which does not hesitate before taking off with a ball
from the fairway, presumably mistaking it for an egg.
The most interesting and trying hole on the Gulmarg
course is undoubtedly the 17th. Although not very long,
it calls for some precise hitting to land on the green
which is precariously placed on the edge of a cliff. The
18th hole, a par five, is an exhilarating experience.
It's downhill travel from St. Mary's Church to the club
house, a drop of 300 feet. The Gulmarg Golf Club is well
equipped to handle the holiday golfer and arrange for
the services of caddies and coaches; golf sets can also
be hired at very reasonable rates.
Amenities at the club include a bar, library, lounge,
table tennis, lawn tennis and a putting green. The
Gulmarg course is usually open between April and
November, as it is covered by snow for the rest of the
year and its gentle slopes are transformed into mini ski
runs for beginners.
Skiing & Heli skiing
Come December, and the verdant green slopes of
Gulmarg are blanketed with snow, forming some of the
finest natural slopes for ski runs of all levels. It is
during this time that Gulmarg acquires a new persona the countrys premier skiing resort. Gulmarg is the ultimate
beginners ski resort. Instructors & skiing equipments
are available on hire. Among the multitudes of slopes,
there are a few which are service d by ski lifts.
The longest ski run in Gulmarg is provided by the
Gondola Cable Car lift, where skiers can swoosh down the
slopes from the height of 2,213m. The slopes in Gulmarg
varying between 8,700 and 10,500 feet make the ski runs
highest in India . It is noteworthy that Gulmarg is the
only heli-skiing resort in Asia . The skiing season at
Gulmarg is from November to February.
Highest Gondola Ride in the World.
love of mountains beckons you to reach the top among the
clouds. A ride in the cable car to view the world from
the heights enhances the joy.
Kashmir in the northern part of India is a paradise on
the earth for its beautiful scenic locations. The inflow
of domestic and foreign tourists to Kashmir was around
0.7 million every year till the late eighties.
The tourist arrival had reduced during the last decade
of 20th century due to militancy in the Kashmir valley.
However, with general improvements during the last 5
years, the valley is again witnessing touristís rush to
enjoy the beauty of mountains, lakes, meadows and cool
weather during the summers