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Gulmarg

Gulmarg or meadow of flowers is a popular resort town for skiing and has the world's highest golf course on the Pir Panjal Range filled with pine and cypress forests in the western Himalayas at Baramulla District, Jammu and Kashmir State, India. Gulmarg is one of the best skiing and retreat destinations in Asia as the heart of winter sports in India.

British civil servants began using Gulmarg to hunt and build several golf courses in the 19th century as a retreat to escape the summer on the North Indian plains. One of the golf courses at an altitude of 2,650 meters (8,690 ft) as the highest golf course in the world.

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In 1927, the British established a ski club and two annual ski events were held during Christmas and Easter. In 1948, the Indian Army established a ski school in Gulmarg which later became the High Altitude Warfare School.

In 1960 the Indian government invited Rudolph Matt to address Gulmarg as the location for the development of winter sports destinations in India. In 1968, the Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering was established in Gulmarg to train ski instructors. In May 1998, the first cable car began operating as one of the longest and highest cable in Asia.

Gulmarg is located in a cup-shaped valley in the Pir Panjal Range Pir in the Himalayas at an altitude of 2,650 meters (8,694 ft). The soil in Gulmarg consists of glacial deposits, lacustrine deposits and moraines in the Pleistocene which include shales, limestones, sandstones, schists and other rock varieties.

Natural meadows allow the growth of wildflowers during spring and summer. The meadows are punctuated by enclosed parks and small lakes surrounded by pine and green pine forests. Skiing and other winter sports at Gulmarg are conducted on the Apharwat peak at an altitude of 4,267 meters (13,999 ft).

Gulmarg Gondola is one of the highest in the world at 3,979 meters and carries about 600 people per hour between Gulmarg and Apharwat Peaks at 4,200 meters (13,800 ft). Gulmarg Golf Club is located at an altitude of 2,650 meters as the world's highest green golf course.

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Location: Baramulla District, Jammu and Kashmir State, India.

Routes and public transport: Flight to Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport in Srinagar City, then take a bus or taxi to Tangmarg Town for 39 kilometers (24 mi), then take a taxi to Gulmarg for 13 kilometers.

Advice: Tangmarg is located at the base of the mountains that host Gulmarg where many hotels and facilities are available. Taxis are supposed to serve directly from the airport to Gulmar for 2-3 hours depending on the weather.

But if winter is full of snow, you can only take a taxi to Tangmarg and need to rent a four wheel drive with chains. Alternatively, hotels often arrange 4wd transport from Srinagar to Gulmarg without being affected by snow.

Be Aware: The car has direct access to Gulmarg from Srinagar, but is 500-700 meters or walking times for 20 minutes to the Gondola. The local pony operator will mislead you by pointing it to 3-4 kilometers and forcing it to cost much more.

It is advisable to go directly to the Gondola office and avoid any negotiations with these pony hawkers. There have been many major fights incidents with tourists after refusing to comply after negotiations.

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