The beauty of Gulmarg and its proximity to Srinagar makes it one of the most popular hill stations in India. Originally called Gaurimarg, Gulmarg got its current name from Sultan Yusuf Shah in the 16th century.
The town of Gulmarg is not just a mountain resort which boasts of exceptional beauty, but also has other claims to fame like the highest golf course in the world and India’s premier ski resort which has earned the title of ‘heartland of winter sports in India’.
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Nagin valley in Gulmarg is a fascinating view for a person to experience. The place was opened for visitors after 22 years in 2012. This beautiful place is situated near the LOC line of India-Pakistan. It is a delight for visitors to visit the Nagin valley and experience heaven on Earth.
This place is worth visiting for skiing lovers. The perfect slopes of this twin peaks gives a person the best experience of twists and turns to enjoy skiing. Even trained skiers will be pleased by the challenges the peak offers. If a person is not an enthusiast skier, one can explore the beauty of the twin peaks; have a snow-fight with the group.
Situated at an altitude of 2730 m, Sonmarg is a mesmerizing hill station in the Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir. Sonmarg literally means ‘the meadow of gold’ and with snow-capped mountains set against a spectacular blue sky, it is as close to heaven as it can get. The Sindh River flows through the valley. Ponies can be hired for the trip up to Thajiwas glacier, which is a major local attraction during summer.
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Also known as the lake of flowers, the Gadsarlake is a picturesque high-altitude lake located 5,000 m above sea level, in the Himalayan Ranges. It is considered as one of the highest altitude lakes in the Kashmir region.
Located 95 km from Srinagar at a height of 7200 ft., Pahalgam, known as the ‘Valley of Shepherds’, is a famous hill station in Jammu and Kashmir. Standing at the confluence of LidderRiver and the SheshnagLake, Pahalgam is surrounded by thickly wooded pine forests, breath-taking vistas of meadows and the snow-clad Himalayan mountains.
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Lying at an altitude of 3,353 metres (11,001 ft.) above sea level is the mesmerizing Tulianlake. The trek from Pahalgam to Tulianlake is very popular amongst tourists. The lake often has chunks of ice floating in it. It is surrounded on three sides by high, snow-clad mountain ranges of PirPanjal and Zanskar.