Gulmarg, Kashmir

It was a beautiful ride and it seemed we were truly in God’s own land. The roads were good, the driving great and the views which transport you to a totally different world. As we inched closer to our destination next, the photographs we had seen earlier of this place seemed to pale in comparison to what was on actual view. The thoughts were interrupted by Shabir.

‘Sir it is better that you hire your jackets and shoes from here. You will get it much cheaper here compared to Gulmarg”. We got down from the car. There were two shops, one selling coffee & snacks and the other Jackets and shoes for hire on a day basis. Had our coffee, picked up our stuff and we were on our way again. We were about to reach Gulmarg.

Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Gulmarg is a hill station and a popular skiing destination in Baramulla district of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The town lies in a cup shaped valley in the Pir Panjal Range of western Himalayas. Originally called Gauri Marg meaning (the path of Devi Gauri), which was later on changed to Gulmarg (“meadow of flowers”) by Yusuf Shah of Chak Dynasty who frequented the place with his queen Habba khatoon in the 16th century. In the 19th century, British civil servants started using Gulmarg as a retreat to escape summers in North Indian plains. Hunting and golfing were their favorite pastime and three golf courses were established in Gulmarg including one exclusively for women. One of the golf courses survives and at an altitude of 2,650 metres (8,690 ft) is the world’s highest golf course. In 1927, British established a ski club in Gulmarg and two annual ski events were hosted one each during Christmas and Easter.

Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Nedou's Hotel, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India
Nedou’s Hotel

It was nearing evening when we reached our hotel. And suddenly it became cloudy and dark. Gulmarg was discovered by Micheal Adam Nedou as a holiday destination for the Europeans and Royalties in the early 1800โ€™s. By the late 1800โ€™s he had established Nedouโ€™s Hotel which instantly become a popular destination for the British Aristocrats, Colonial Government officials & foreign travelers who would spend the entire summer in the hill station playing golf, fishing & trekking. As on today, the hotel continues to be run & operated by the Nedou family. Mr Omar Nedou the Great Grandson of Micheal Adam Nedou continues the 130 year old legacy of the Nedous hotels. In Gulmarg, it’s the place to be in.

Nedou's Hotel, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Nedou's Hotel, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Nedou's Hotel, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

It was a relaxing evening and we asked for dinner to be served in our room. It was such a pleasure talking to Manzoor Bhai who came to serve our food. He was close to seventy years of age and had joined the hotel when he was a young man. The history of Gulmarg, the hotel, the weather, the winter months and about him and his family was such an interesting learning, while he narrated it to us. The common man in Kashmir is so very nice and humble. It’s been a pleasure spending some time with them. By the way, the food was just awesome.

Dining Room, Nedou's Hotel, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India
Dining Room

The complimentary breakfast is served in their restaurant or dining room as it is called. You could have your lunch or dinner too here. Then you have Gardenia, the sprawling lawns on 100 acres of land where you can see the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets, indulge in their Hi tea spread or cosy up with your favourite drink and book next to their evening bonfires all while enjoying uninterrupted views of Gulmarg. The evenings, if you wish, could be spent in the great ambience of Hunter’s bar which offers the best choice of wines, single malts and cocktails.

Gardenia, Nedou's Hotel, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India
Gardenia
Hunter's Bar, Nedou's Hotel, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India
Hunter’s Bar

After breakfast it was time for the famous Gondola cable car ride to reach the top of the mountains. I had booked out tickets in advance online which saves you the trouble of standing in long queues. Our guide Nazir Bhai, again a great guy ensured that all went smooth and we were soon in our cable car and on our way to the top. There are two levels and during summers you need to go up to level two to experience snow. Come let’s go for the ride.

Gondola Ride, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India
Gondola Ride

Gondola Ride, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Gondola Ride, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Gondola Ride, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Gondola Ride, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Gondola Ride, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Gondola Ride, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Gondola Ride, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Mountain top, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India
On top of the world

Mountain top, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Mountain top, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India
Nazir Bhai, our guide

Mountain top, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Mountain top, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Mountain top, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Mountain top, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Mountain top, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Mountain top, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Mountain top, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

We enjoyed, enjoyed and enjoyed at the peak and then the clouds started roaring, it became very dark and the rains came down. Watching the rains and feeling the stormy breeze which almost blew us away was sheer fun. It was time to go down.

Gondola Ride, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Gondola Ride, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Gondola Ride, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Gondola Ride, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Gondola Ride, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Gondola Ride, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Gondola Ride, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Next day was complete relaxation at the resort with our coffee, books and lazing around with some lovely lunch and dinner.

Nedou's Hotel, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Nedou's Hotel, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Nedou's Hotel, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

Nedou's Hotel, Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

The next day was our return to Srinagar. But not before we have a great feel of this beautiful, out of the world destination. Come with us and let’s enjoy together ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ•บ

Gulmarg. God’s beautiful creation. The weather, the meadows, the mountains ๐Ÿ”๏ธ

Visit Kashmir. Come to Gulmarg. Feel on top of the world. Experience India Beautiful ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

 

 

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37 Comments

  1. Suneel Wattal says:

    Should try visiting Gulmarg in Winter, when it is covered with snow.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Suneel have plans to do that sometime ๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. NILANJAN BASU says:

    Nice experience. Was reading Ruskin Bonds ‘Roads to Mussourie’-in between read the Gulmarg blog…awesome. thank you Sir.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Nilanjan.So happy that you liked reading.

  3. MAHIMA PANORAMA says:

    Great Details and beautiful Gulmarg stands live in front of us with this article.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Mahima.

  4. robin rue says:

    Oh how beautiful. That sounds like a lovely place to visit.

  5. I have never even heard of Gulmarg but it is so extremely beautiful! I love the pictures that you got. All of that land. I am wondering what it looks like in the winter time. Does it snow there do you know?

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes it is full of snow during winters starting November.

  6. You had me at 3 golf courses! Lol. This looks like an incredible place to visit and enjoy the scenery.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      ๐Ÿ˜Š

  7. artch33 says:

    I think I would like the weather and climate over there. The cool breeze with all the greens around.

  8. monidipa51 says:

    I visited Gulmarg with my parents when I was 13. Now I’m 26. The place looks more beautiful now!

  9. Jacy Jay says:

    This is the first time I heard about Gulmarg. It sounds beautiful! I wish to visit there in the future.

  10. Emman Damian says:

    I haven’t been in Kashmir but I heard so much about it. Hope to visit there soon.

  11. Wow….a golf course that high up? Now, I so much want to pay a visit to it.

  12. Terri Ramsey Beavers says:

    Oh wow, your photos are absolutely stunning. We don’t get snow around here so I’d love to go there in the winter. Relaxing on my last day would be a must too.

  13. Luna S says:

    Thank you for including all of the facts and information along with photos from your trip, it is a lot of fun learning about new places and not just seeing the photos.

  14. sjd68 says:

    As much as I am a fan of the beach I am also a big fan of skiing and the mountains. I love that everything was green at the bottom and then snow covered at the top. The views at the top look to be spectacular. I’l love the see Gulmarg when the whole area is snow covered.

  15. Mavs Escala says:

    Gulmark Kashmir is on my to visit list. Would love to visit here soon!

  16. Despite Pain says:

    Beautiful place. I see similarities with Scotland. The scenery there could be somewhere in the North of Scotland. We also have a snow covered mountains. You certainly looked like you were on the top of the world.

  17. Lavern Moore says:

    I would love to go skiing in gulmarg kashmir. So exciting!

  18. Trish says:

    I love reading your posts about your travels. India is such a fasciating continent and Kashmir very beautiful. The resort at Gulmarg is definitely somewhere I’d enjoy staying, and having an adventure going up on the gondola!

  19. thenafranssen says:

    Sounds like a lovely place to see. Thanks for sharing another place that I’m going to have to put on my travel bucket list .

  20. Snehal says:

    Truelly….! The view is relaxing. And just look at the snow ๐Ÿ˜ I would like to experience real snow someday. Lovely photos btw. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Lyosha Varezhkina says:

    The place looks divine! You set of posts about Kashmir makes my travel huger grow. The place looks so attractive I almost see myself buying tickets there

  22. fourcolu says:

    i visited kashmir as a teenager and it is a beautiful place. I loved your writing, pics and just the vivid explaination. I am glad that tourism is picking up. This is a beautiful place and a must visit.

  23. This is beautiful and the hotel looks really good as well. And it looks really really cold ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. tcleland88 says:

    I didn’t know that you could rent cold weather gear/jackets. That would definitely save space in your suitcase–especially if you were going to be in a warmer area most of the time. Loved the views from high up.

  25. Gulmark Kashmir seems like an interesting place to visit. I wouldnโ€™t mind skiing down those slopes and I cannot believe thereโ€™s a golf course so high up

  26. Exploring the mountains is always so much fun! It looks like you balanced exploration with relaxation. Your cable car down, in the rain, must have been harrowing!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      O yes it was a little frightening when the cable car suddenly stopped in between as it was raining heavily ๐Ÿ˜Š

  27. Lavern Moore says:

    I learn so much about all the towns in Kashmir by reading your series. I can hardly wait to visit.

  28. Again, you impressed me with yet another area I’ve never head of! How often do you travel if I may ask? I’ve love to be able to go somewhere once a month!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Sorry we were on our summer holidays and saw your comment now. Thanks again. I too try to go out once a month and summer holidays are anywhere between 20 to 25 days ๐Ÿ˜€

  29. Kelly Martin says:

    Gulmarg looks really pretty. The gondola ride would be fun, especially in the rain!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Kelly it was quite exciting.

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