Where to travel
Gulmarg (about 2,730 meters / 9,000 feet) that is a “meadow of flowers” in spring hibernates under a new white blanket during winter. The blanket glistens under the wintry sun and deep blue skies. Coniferous trees shiver under white feathery icy coats. Snow swings from the needles and twinkles. Icicles hanging from the edges of buildings, trees and other structures try to touch the ground. Some of them break during the process. But you do not let season-related issues dampen the holiday spirits.
You can savor snow, slide / ski / snowboard on snow, walk through the snow, capture the highlights of the white landscape, including mountains and action, on film. Gulmarg is a couple of hours drive from Srinagar, the state capital. The meadow in Baramullah District is located in the lap of the Pir Panjal Range in Jammu & Kashmir, India.
Who will enjoy this short adventure trip idea?
Skiers, snow lovers and adventure seekers
What to do & see: physical, cultural
Walk in snow
Make a snowman
Savor and smell snow
Watch the world go by
When to go
Winter: December-April: skiing
How to reach
Delhi-Gulmarg: about 920 kilometers
Srinagar-Gulmarg: about 60 kilometers
Air India fares for Delhi (DEL) -Srinagar (SXR) journey start from INR 3,929.00 per person inclusive of taxes and fees.
GoAir connects Delhi (DEL) to Srinagar (SXR). You have to pay INR 3,791.00 inclusive of taxes and fees to fly on the route.
IndiGo also flies between Delhi (DEL) and Srinagar (SXR). The starting fare amounts to INR 3,791.00 per person inclusive of taxes and fees.
Jet Airways offers air services on the route.
SpiceJet operates flights between Delhi (DEL) and Srinagar (SXR). The fare starts from INR 3,791.00 per person inclusive of taxes and fees.
Jammu & Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (J.K.R.S.T.C.) offers non-AC buses for Srinagar-Gulmarg journey. The bus fare varies from INR 146.00 per person (Deluxe bus) to INR 213.00 per person (MCV bus). The corporation also offers the following bus services:
Delhi-Srinagar: INR 1,400.00 per passenger (non-AC sleeper)
Delhi-Srinagar: INR 1,400.00 per passenger (AC seating)
Delhi-Srinagar: INR 1,255.00 per passenger (non-AC seating)
2/2 Hi-tech buses also ply on this route. Get more information.
Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (J.K.T.D.C.) manages Tourist Establishment in Gulmarg. The hotel, housed in a historical club building, offers seven different types of accommodations: 1 bed room suite (INR 3,500.00 per night), 1BHK hut (INR 3,500.00 per night), 2 BHK Hut (INR 6,000.00 per night), 3 BHK hut (INR 7,000.00 per night), 4 BHK hut, 5 BHK hut and 8-bed room.
Recently, The Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa, the only luxury resort in Gulmarg, opened its door to public. The resort offers cottages and rooms. The tariff starts from INR 14,500.00 per night inclusive of taxes. Book the accommodation.
Srinagar has a broad array of hotels operated by international chains and local groups. For instance, Vivanta by Taj (http://www.tajhotels.com/Taj-Holidays/India/Srinagar/destinations-city.aspx) is a high end property. In Srinagar, J.K.T.D.C. manages two properties: Hotel Kashmir Residency and Hotel Heemal. You can choose from suites, 1BHK huts, 2BHK huts, 3 BHK huts, dormitories, house boats and 2-bed rooms. The tariff starts from INR 200.00 per bed in the dormitory.