Gulmarg is located in the Baramulla District of Jammu and Kashmir. Situated at at an altitude of 2730 m above sea level, it is surrounded by forested hills and meadows, snow-capped peaks, deep ravines and valleys. The scenic beauty of this place has made it a popular filmng location for many Bolywood movies.
The most visited spot of the region is Khilanmarg, from where the Kashmir Valley and the Himalayan Range is visible. Another popular spot is Alpather Lake, situated at the foot of the twin peaks of Apharwat; and remains frozen till late June. The only means of reaching these areas is by pony, apart from walking.
The slopes near Gulmarg, varying between heights of 8,700 and 10,500 ft, make it the only heli ski-ing resort in Asia and the highest ski-ing location in India. Being a popular snow sports hub, appropriate clothes, equipment and instructors are easily available. The most popular activity here is skiing, as well as the cable car ride, the Gulmarg Godola, which is one of the highest cable car facilities in the world.
Gulmarg is also home to the worlds highest 18 hole green golf course. People desiring a more natural atmosphere can visit the Nanga Parbat, Haramukh and many other regions of the Kashmir Valley. One can also visit the shrine of Baba Reshi, a Muslim mystic saint.
The nearest airport is at Srinagar, which is 57 km away from Gulmarg. The closest railway station is in Jammu.
The best time to visit Gulmarg for sightseeing, is between May and September. The best time for skiing and other winter sports, is from November to February.