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Gulmarg

Avantiswami Temple:  

Avantiswami Temple located in Avantipur is one of the most famous religious attractions in Gulmarg. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu the ancient Avantiswami temple lies in ruins but a new Avantiswami temple dedicated to Lord Shiva attracts a large number of devotees and religious pilgrims. Built in Greek style of architecture the original Avantiswami temple was built in the 9th century in red sandstone by King Avantiswami.

 

Alpather Lake:

Alpather Lake is a majestic triangular shaped Lake located at an altitude of 4511 Meters attracting a large number of tourists. The Lake remains frozen till June and water flows with floating ice flakes and small icebergs in the summer months. A Lakeside garden adds to the charm and scenic location of the Alpather Lake which is surrounded by the might Himalayan Ranges on all sides.

 

Khilanmarg:

Khilanmarg is a small valley famous for its winter Sky resort attracting a large number of tourists and adventure enthusiasts. Located at a distance of 6 Kms from Gulmarg city center, Khilanmarg has a 600 meter steep ascent offer mind blowing views of the surrounding peaks and snow capped mountain ranges. Khilanmarg is the hotspot for all Winter Ski runs in Gulmarg making it one of the only places in India offering skiing facilities.

 

Ningli Nallah:

The mountain stream of Ningli Nallah is located at a distance of 8 Kms from Gulmarg city. The wonderful mountain stream is the hotbed of tourist activity because of its crystal clear water and magnificent natural surroundings. The stream of the Ningli Nallah merges with the Jhelum River in the town of Sopur. The Stream has a wooden bridge connecting it to Khilenmarg resort amid green meadows and picturesque grazing activity of the herds.

 

Biosphere Reserve:

Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Gulmarg. Home to various rare and endangered wildlife species including leopards, musk deer and red foxes, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve is spread over an area of 180 square kilometers. Located at an altitude of 2400 to 4300 meters above sea level, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve is home to rare and exotic species of flora and Himalayan shrubs and herbs. The reserve is home to wonderful species of birds including crimson tagopan, monal pheasant, and Koklas making it a bird lover’s paradise.

 

Baba Reshi Shrine:

The shrine of Baba Reshi dedicated to Muslim scholar and saint Baba Reshi is one of the most important religious shrines in Gulmarg. Built in 1408 the shrine is an architectural marvel built in Persian and Mughal style of architecture. The shrine attracts a large number of pilgrims all through the year and is one of the most important landmarks in Gulmarg.

 

St. Mary's Church:

St Mary's Church is one of the oldest churches in Gulmarg. Built during the British rule, the church is believed to be over 150 years old attracting a large number of tourists and pilgrims alike. Located in the heart of Gulmarg city, St Mary's Church is an epitome of British architectural delight. Surrounded by pine trees and line of old huts, the church offers a picturesque view of the surrounding mountain peaks making it one of the most beautiful churches in Kashmir.

 

Koutar Nag:

Koutar Nag Lake is one of the most beautiful Lakes in Gulmarg attracting a lot of tourist interest. Located at an altitude of 13250 feet above sea level, the Lake remains frozen for much part of the winter season up to mid June. Water is seen flowing in the Lake during the summer months with puddles of snowflakes making it one of the most beautiful natural Lakes in Kashmir region.

 

Gondola Lift:

Gondola Lift is one of the most important tourist attractions in Gulmarg. Known for its state of the art cable car system developed in collaboration with PUMA, the Gondola Lift is located in the backdrop of Gondolo village offer picturesque sights of the Himalayan valley. The cable car system is based on 19 towers and the Gulmarg-Kongdoor stretch and can handle 1,500 people at maximum per hour. The cable car trail is one of the most well designed technical marvels as between Kongdoor and Apharwat, the vertical rise is 880 meters making it a tourists delight.   

 

Maharani Temple:

Maharani temple also known as the Mohineshwar Shivalalaya is one of the most ancient Hindu temples in Gulmarg. Built by Mohini Bai Sisodhia, wife of Maharaja Hari Singh, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Paravti. The temple attracts a large number of pilgrims and devotees all through the year making it one of the most important religious shrines in Gulmarg region.

 

Golf Course:

Gulmarg Golf course is one of the most beautiful 18-hole golf courses in Kashmir. Located at an altitude of 2650 Meters above sea level, the golf course originally built by the British is now maintained by the Kashmir tourism development board. Temporary membership is available for tourists to enjoy a round of Golf at this picturesque Golf course. Annual championships and golf tournaments are conducted at the Gulmarg golf course attracting a lot of national and international players.

 

Verinag:

Verinag is a wonderful fresh water spring attracting a lot of tourists. Located in the foot hills of the Banibal Pass amid the Pir Panjal Mountais, Verinag spring is known for its medicinal properties attracting a large number of visitors. An octagonal shaped basin housing beautiful gardens is built around the spring making it one of the most beautiful fresh water springs in Kashmir Valley.