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Gulmarg
State: Jammu and Kashmir
Location: 56 km (34.80 miles) from Srinagar in Kashmir Valley
Area: 3 sq km
Languages: Kashmiri and Hindi.

Gulmarg Popularly known as 'the meadow of flowers', Gulmarg is a valley of unparalleled beauty. Film goers can easily recognize this scenic valley of Baramulla district as it has been the location for several movie scenes like Betab, Tahan etc. But today, apart from filmmakers this place also attracts thousands of tourists and adventure seekers every year.

Sonmarg:
State: Jammu and Kashmir
Location: 80 km from Srinagar in Kashmir Valley
Area: 3 sq km
Languages: Kashmiri and Hindi.

Sonmarg Sonmarg, renowned as "The meadow of gold", is yet another spectacular place to get rid of the scorching heat of summer season. Sonmarg is a tranquil place set amongst the glaciers and azure lakes, Sonmarg is a place adorned with large trees of fir, silver birch, pine and alpine flowers. The turquoise and chilly water of Sind river that meanders through the region, enhance the beauty of Sonmarg. Similar to Gulmarg, Sonmarg is also a paradise for both the tourists and the adventure buffs.

Although Sonmarg is also an important travel destination, but in this section we will mainly talk about the Gulmarg Tourism.

Ski Gulmarg
The first thing that comes to mind while planning a holiday in Gulmarg is of course the Gulmarg skiing adventure. This place is one of the most prominent and most popular skiing destination of India. Adventure enthusiasts from all around the world come to Gulmarg for an ultimate thrill and to feel the rising adrenalin rush. The snow covered Himalayan peaks, make skiing in Gulmarg an unforgettable affair, that you will always cherish. Even though you are a professional or an amateur(although you can take some skiing lessons), you can enjoy skiing in Gulmarg without any second thoughts.

Other Adventure Activities In Gulmarg
Besides Gulmarg ski you can also try your hands at different adventure sports like:

Trekking: Gulmarg, offers numerous trekking and hiking sites. Trekkers can opt for Sonmarg to Vishansar, Krishansar and Gangabal lakes.

Golfing: Gulmarg is famed around the globe for having one of the world's highest green golf course as well as clubhouse. If you are an amateur golfer than you can hire golf sets and also seek the help of an expert golfer to give vital instructions.

Apart from them, you can even try out long trail to jungles, mountaineering, white-water rafting, angling, sledging etc.


Places to visit in GulmargGulmarg Ski Resort
Gulmarg is dotted with various alluring tourist spots. Some of the favorite tourists spots of Gulmarg are:

Golf Course: Gulmarg has the world's highest golf course.

St. Mary's Church: It is a 110-year-old Church that was built during the British era. It was renovated in 2003 with facade and the first Christmas mass was held in 14 years.

Shiva Temple: It is the royal temple of Dogra rulers of Jammu and Kashmir. Built by Mohini Bai Sisodia, the wife of last king of Kashmir, in 1915, this temple is a unique one. It can be seen from all the corners of Gulmarg.

Beside them tourists can also visit Shrine of Baba Reshi, and the three lakes of Sonmarg namely Vishansar, Krishnasar, and Gangabal lakes, Thajiwas glacier.

Gulmarg and Sonmarg Travel Guide
Gulmarg Weather : The summers are very moderate, whereas the winters are extremely bone chilling.

Sonmarg Weather : The weather is alpine. Summers (April-June) are mild, one can get by with thick cottons. But the place receives heavy snowfall in December-February.

Best time to visit : The weather of both Gulmarg and Sonmarg remain very pleasant throughout the year. Light woolen clothes are common in the summer season whereas during winters one has to cover himself or herself with heavy woolen garments. So, the best season to visit these wonderful areas is between April to June. But if you are looking for skiing experience than it is advisable to visit Gulmarg and Sonmarg during winter season, when skiing activity is at its peak.

Shopping : Gulmarg and Sonmarg has very limited range when it comes to shopping. Though there are many stores in the town selling carpets, clothing etc. but they are costly and are at higher price than in Srinagar. Some of the better shops in Gulmarg include Khan Cloth House, Ladakh Art Palace.

Staying Options : There are many luxury and budget hotels and resorts in Gulmarg and Sonmarg that you can choose from according to your pocket. Some of them are:

. Heaven Retreat

. Hotel Highland Park

. Pine Palace Resort

. Hotel Alpine Ridge

. Glacier Heights (Sonmarg)

. Snowland Hotel (Sonmarg)

. Sonmarg Nature Resort

How To Reach:
By Road: J&k SRTC operates regular deluxe and ordinary bus services to Gulmarg and Sonmarg from Srinagar. Even private transportation is also there to commute to both this town from Srinagar. Avoid roadways during winter season as the roads get blocked.

By Rail: The nearest railway to Gulmarg is at Jammu, which is well-connected to major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata etc.

By Air: One can even reach Gulmarg and Sonmarg by air. Srinagar has the nearest airport to both Gulmarg and Sonmarg, which are just one to two hour drive from Srinagar. Regular flights operates between Srinagar and various major Indian cities.
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