Gulmarg

Gulmarg… this beautiful name brings forth images of thousands of flowers of myriad colours reaching till as far as the eyes can see. Indeed, Gulmarg literally means Meadow of Flowers and is a hill station in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. It is a popular skiing destination and has a cable car for reaching the start of the skiing slope. Gulmarg can be accessed from Srinagar, which lies 50 km to the east.
The peak season for skiing, starts with the snowfall in December and lasts until March. Other months of the year it is the beautiful meadows and enchanting view of Snow Mountains that attracts tourists. Surrounded by dense forests, Gulmarg is also famous for golf hikes and its beautiful highland golf course.
Best time to visit: September to March
Languages spoken: Kashmiri, Hindi
Climate: Pleasant summers and very cold winters with snowfall

Adventure tourism and Sport: Skiing slopes, Golf course

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They left every thing on me- planning entire route, night halts, bookings,
sight seeing, servicing of the Neerja’s diesel SUV up to the extent searching out 4
dumped sleeping bags from old cupboards for emergency. The final tight itenary
schedule was got finalised after endless mobile talks, smsing and emails, kind
courtesy Maj Gen Nawnit Kumar, SM Commandant, High Altitude Warfare
School(HAWS) ,Gulmarg and Lt Gen Bobby Mathews ,AVSM**, VSM ,the Colonel
of the Regiment (COR).

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