Gulmarg – A COMPLETE Travel Guide and Itinerary

by Vargis.Khan


If one is to make a list of the most visited hill stations of our country, then I am sure the name Gulmarg will be among the top ones. Quite rightly termed as the meadow of flowers, it is indeed a heavenly place to tread in that offers mesmerizing landscapes and an enthralling possibility of various adventure activities.

Such is the beauty of this tiny hamlet that it attracts people from all over the country throughout the year. It is possibly one of those destinations where the tourist season never ends. From families to adventure enthusiasts, Gulmarg has a lot to offer.

In the post below, I will provide complete details on how to plan a trip to Gulmarg. The information below covers topics like how to reach, where to stay, public transport, places to visit, things to do, the best time to visit, and several other helpful tips.

For all other details on Kashmir like mobile connectivity, public transport, taxi services, and several other tips, please take a look at How to Plan a Trip to Kashmir – A Complete Travel Guide.

To get the best hotel rates, and taxi charges, and to organize your trip to Kashmir, you can speak with Kunal @ 9910 402 252. Give him my reference and you will surely get a discounted rate.

Below is a video that I shot in Gulmarg during my recent winter trip. You can also consider checking out this video for more details.

Where is Gulmarg?

For a brief introduction, Gulmarg is a hill station located in Kashmir, in the Pir Panjal Range of the western Himalayas, at an altitude of 2,650 meters (8,690 ft).

The name Gulmarg, literally translating into “meadow of flowers” was awarded by Sultan Yusuf Shah Chak who frequented the place with his wife Habba Khatoon in the 16th century.

Gulmarg was also a favorite of Mughal Emperor Jahangir who is said to have collected as many as 21 wildflowers for his garden from here.

Also Read: The Life & Legend of Habba Khatoon

During the English rule, Gulmarg served as a retreat for British civil servants looking to escape the scorching summer heat of plains in North India, much like Shimla and Mussoorie.

Golf was one of the favorite pastime activities that the English indulged in out here. They established three golf courses in Gulmarg, one exclusively for women. Of the three, one still survives and is now one of the world’s highest golf courses.

Why Visit

The first question that comes to mind, and I will begin the article with it, is why visit Gulmarg? What is it that you will find here and nowhere else? After all, it is also just another hill station like numerous others in our country.

The answer to the question is that Gulmarg has a little bit to offer for everyone in every season. Its lush green meadows make it look more like a picnic spot, perfect to bring your family and kids.

The cable car ride known as Gulmarg Gondola is the second-highest Gondola in the world and is an experience of its own. Trekking to Apharwat Peak and Alpather Lake is something that the adventurous kind can look forward to.

Come winter, the entire place gets buried deep under snow, making it a feast for the eyes. It is a great place for people chasing snow and wanting to experience a live snowfall for the first time. It is also one of the most famous ski resorts in India.

Road connectivity to Gulmarg is great and from Srinagar, you can get here in a matter of 2 to 3 hours at most. There are no long hours of driving involved. There are ample amount of hotels here and your cell phones will remain connected. Internet too is available at almost all the hotels.

If you are a bit on the religious side then the shrine of Baba Reshi, Maharani Temple, and St. Mary’s church of Gulmarg will definitely invoke your interest.

There are plenty of other places nearby that you can visit in a day’s drive if you have a few more days in hand. In short, Gulmarg is a perfect place for a family vacation as well as a road trip with a bunch of friends.

Is Gulmarg Safe?

Next, I will address the elephant in the room, the big question of whether or not it is safe to visit Gulmarg. The one-line answer is that yes it is completely safe to visit Gulmarg. It remains populated with tourists throughout the year from all corners of India.

It rarely gets affected by the unrest in the Kashmir region. But still, I will strongly advise keeping a watch on the news. If there was a word of any possible violence or unrest in Kashmir, it would be best to postpone your trip.

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How to Reach Gulmarg?

In order to get to Gulmarg, you will first have to reach Srinagar. For people coming by their own vehicle, you can just drive to Srinagar city by either the regular Jammu-Srinagar highway or the Mughal road through Shopian.

Once you arrive in Srinagar, you can then just continue driving towards Gulmarg via Tangmarg. It will just be a 2 to 3 hours drive covering a distance of about 50-60 kilometers.

If you were however not traveling by your own vehicle, then Srinagar is well connected to the rest of the country by Air, Train, and Bus service.

No matter which part of the country you live in, you can easily reach the city by either flying or boarding a train. For more details, please take a look at How to Plan a Trip to Srinagar.

How to Reach Gulmarg from Srinagar?

If you were driving a car or riding a bike, then the route to reach Gulmarg would be as below.

Srinagar – Magam – Tangmarg – Gulmarg = 60 Kilometers

From Srinagar to Tangmarg, it is mostly a straight drive on a flat road with very little ascent. You will not even feel like driving in a hill station actually.

It is after Tangmarg that the actual steep ascent starts and you climb up a winding road till Gulmarg. Another good part is that the road is smooth and in good condition for the entire 60 kilometers of the journey. If you arrive at Srinagar by either flight or train, then you can choose either of the following options to visit Gulmarg.

Srinagar to Gulmarg Taxi

The best, easiest, and most convenient way would be to rent a private taxi for the trip. Depending on the type of cab you choose, the taxi fare from Srinagar to Gulmarg would come out to be between Rs. 2500 to Rs. 3000 including fuel and driver.

You can either look for a taxi at the airport itself or book one in advance and have the driver pick you up from the airport or railway station.

Srinagar to Gulmarg Shared Taxi

For budget travelers, I would still recommend a private taxi if you are traveling in a group and can share the cost among 5 to 6 people. If you were however traveling solo then you can look for a shared cab as well.

The problem however is that it is not the most convenient way to travel. You will first have to reach Dal Gate in Srinagar and look for a shared cab to Parimpora or Batmaloo.

If you found one that was going directly to Tangmarg, you can board that. Otherwise, find one for Parimpora or Batmaloo.

From Parimpora / Batmaloo, you will again have to change cabs and look for a cab going to Tangmarg. Once you arrive at Tangmarg, you will board the third cab going towards Gulmarg.

An important thing to keep in mind is that the shared cabs here are known as ‘service gaadi’. If you asked anyone about shared cabs, they may just shrug their shoulders and say that they don’t know. If that happens, ask about service gaadi and they will know what you mean.

Another option is to look for a cab to first go to Magam from Srinagar. From Magam, you will easily find a shared cab for Tangmarg.

Srinagar to Gulmarg Shared Taxi Fare

The total fare for a shared cab from Srinagar to Gulmarg will be around Rs. 250 per person. From Srinagar to Tangmarg, you will pay about Rs. 100 and another Rs. 50 to Rs. 70 per person for Gulmarg.

Also Read: How to Plan a Trip to Yusmarg?

How to reach Gulmarg from Srinagar by bus

There is no direct bus from Srinagar all the way to Gulmarg. It is actually a bit surprising considering the kind of major tourist spot that Gulmarg is.

Like shared cabs, your journey will have to be broken into three parts by bus as well. First, you will have to board a bus for either Parimpora or Batmaloo from Srinagar.

Then you will have to board a bus for Tangmarg, and then finally a bus from Tangmarg to Gulmarg.

During the summer season, there is a JKSRTC daily sightseeing Bus available in the morning from the Tourist Reception Center. It takes tourists to Gulmarg on a day trip, returning by evening.

My advice however would be to not rely on this service. It is only available in the summer season and that too not always. There is a high chance that this service was unavailable at the time of your trip.

Srinagar to Gulmarg Bus Fare

Srinagar to Gulmarg bus fare in total would cost you about Rs. 200 per person; including the bus fare and shared cab charges from Tangmarg.


How to reach Gulmarg in Winter

Now all of the above was about reaching Gulmarg in the Summer season. In winter, however, it is an entirely different story. All of Gulmarg gets buried under several feet of snow and so does the road leading here.

It then becomes impossible for a normal car to climb up the final stretch from Tangmarg to Gulmarg. During this time, only 4×4 vehicles ply on this route, and that too with snow chains.

In winter, my advice would be that you do not bring your own vehicle. You can then just catch a cab from Srinagar to Tangmarg first and then another 4×4 cab from Tangmarg to Gulmarg.

If you bring your own car or motorcycle, it will then become a problem about where to leave it parked because you may not be able to get it all the way to Gulmarg.

A 4×4 cab with snow chains from Tangmarg will cost Rs. 1500 for a drop and Rs. 2000 for a return journey. For more details on this topic, please take a look at How to Plan a Trip to Gulmarg in Winter.

How to reach Gulmarg by Flight

Srinagar Airport is the nearest airport to Gulmarg. It is located about 60 kilometers from Gulmarg and the journey can be completed in 2 to 3 hours.

The major airlines operating regular flights to Srinagar are Air India, Jet Airways, Spice Jet, Air Asia, and IndiGo. From Srinagar, you will have to travel to Gulmarg by road.

Also Read: How to Plan Your Journey on Mughal Road?

How to reach Gulmarg by Train

Srinagar railway station is the nearest railway line to Gulmarg. The problem however is that it is not yet fully operational and will take at least another 18 months to 2 years for full connectivity.

Right now, you can reach Udhampur by train. From Udhampur, you will then have to board a bus or taxi for Ramban. After reaching Ramban, you will then board another train from Ramban to Srinagar.

An easier way thus would be to just board a bus or shared taxi directly from Udhampur to Srinagar.

gulmarg in winter

Weather of Gulmarg

Due to its elevation of 2,690 meters, the weather of Gulmarg remains either cold or pleasant. Summer out here is short and even in months like June and July, you will still need a blanket to sleep in for the night.

Summers in Gulmarg are usually enjoyable. The average temperature however ranges between 13℃ and 29℃ making it an ideal retreat to escape the heat of the plains.

Monsoon arrives here in July turning the meadows and valleys of Gulmarg to full lush green. It doesn’t rain too heavily here though and the average rainfall is very moderate.

Cold starts to settle in towards mid-September and temperature drops drastically. After mid-December, it can snow here anytime but it is usually towards mid-January that the snow starts to stick to the ground.

For most of January and February, the entire town remains buried deep under snow and turns into one of the most famous ski resorts in our country. The average temperature in these months ranges from -5 to 10 Degrees Celsius.

For a more detailed version of this information, please read A Month by Month Breakdown of Weather.

Best Time to Visit Gulmarg

I have actually covered this topic in detail in another article When is the Best time to Visit Gulmarg. But for a brief overview, the best time to visit Gulmarg will really depend on what is it that you are looking for.

Everyone’s reason for coming here is not always the same. Some people come here looking for snow and to catch their first snowfall. A lot of others come seeking refuge from the scorching summer.

A Photography enthusiast will be looking forward to getting some great shots. An adventure junkie will be focused on indulging in some snow sports.

If snow is what you seek then February will be the best time to visit. Spring season starts in late March and the months of April and May are great to bring your family around. Do note though that it tends to get a bit crowded here during this time.

If you are interested in photography then February, August, and September will be best. For someone looking for green valleys all around, July, August, and early September will do.

If you are looking for some solitude and want to get away from the crowd, then August will suit you the best. You must then avoid being here between April and June.

If you want to go skiing, the trip should be planned for January and February. April and September are the best time to plan a honeymoon. For a bike trip, you should avoid the monsoon season.

Clothes for Gulmarg

What clothes you should pack for Gulmarg too will depend on what time you are visiting here. For January and February, heavy woolens, gloves, woolen socks, mufflers, thermals, and a good quality heavy and windproof jacket is a must.

If you are visiting in March, some light woolens with a heavy jacket will do. From April till August, pack plenty of cotton clothes and a light jacket.

The months of September and October will much be like March needing some light woolens and a heavy jacket.

Your Gulmarg Clothing for November and December will be the same as for January and February; consisting of thermals, heavy woolens, and a windproof warm jacket.

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Places to Visit in Gulmarg

Gulmarg in itself is actually a tourist place. This small town tucked in beautiful green meadows is a sight in itself and everything here is worth seeing. The natural beauty and the calm all around are the biggest tourist attractions of Gulmarg.

With that being said, there are a few places that can be called cherry on top. I will those down below.

I am only providing the names of these places below in this article. A detailed explanation of these places is provided in A complete list of Tourist Attractions. I kept it on a separate article because otherwise, this page would have gone too long and heavy.

What to see in Gulmarg

The natural beauty and tranquility of Gulmarg are its prime attractions. Beautiful lush green meadows all around and peaceful calm only broken by the occasional whining of horses is what you should be visiting here for.

Some other tourist attractions are mentioned below.

  • Drung Waterfall
  • Gulmarg Gondola
  • Alpather Lake
  • Apharwat Peak
  • Maharani Temple
  • Gulmarg Golf Course
  • St. Mary’s Church
  • Maharaja Palace
  • Children’s Park
  • Strawberry Valley
  • Baba Reshi
  • Khilanmarg
  • Ningle Nallah & Ferozpur Nallah
  • Bota Pathri

This is just a list of all the places. If you want to know more about these spots and their locations, please read A Complete List of Tourist Attractions.

What to do in Gulmarg

Below is a list of tourist activities that you can enjoy in Gulmarg.

  • Gondola Ride
  • Playing Golf
  • Ski
  • Winter Sports in Gulmarg
  • Winter Festival’
  • ATV Ride
  • Pony Ride
  • Trekking

Apart from enjoying the natural beauty of the place and spending some time in peace, there are three major activities that you can indulge yourself in at Gulmarg.

The first one is the Gondola ride which is the biggest attraction of Gulmarg. The second is trekking.  A trek to Alpather Lake from Gondola Phase 2 station is the shortest one.

If you are in for more adventure and are physically fit, then you can trek to the lake all the way from Gulmarg itself. There are in fact several other trek routes from Gulmarg if you have the time.

For more details on Gulmarg Gondola and Alpather Lake, please read How to Plan a Gondola Ride and How to Trek to Alpather Lake.

If you arrived here in winter though, then skiing is what you should be doing in Gulmarg. Options here are available for experts as well as someone completely new.


Where to stay in Gulmarg

Gulmarg is one of the major tourist attractions of our country. Come winter, this town turns into a major ski resort. In spring and during summer vacation in schools, families flock here to enjoy the famous gondola ride.

Tourists continue to arrive post-monsoon to enjoy the greenery of the place. It is in short a year-round magnet for tourists. Due to this, hotels are available here in plenty.

In fact, you will see more hotels here than houses. There is one called Hotel Affarwat that I can tell you is good. I stayed at this hotel for a couple of days and the service was good.

There is another one called Pine View Resort that I know to be good from a friend. If you are looking for budgeted accommodation, try Hotel Green Park.

Finding a budget hotel is not really an option in Gulmarg. Overall, no hotel will charge you less than Rs. 2000 – Rs. 2500 for a room during the off-season. During the peak tourist season, these prices go even higher.

You can try calling Hotel Green Park and negotiating the price though. I was able to stay here for Rs. 1200 a day.

Other than this, the only other budget hotel that I know of is Hotel Pine View where you can get a hotel for Rs. 1200 per day but it is located at Tangmarg, about 14 kilometers away from Gulmarg.

Whether or not to book in advance is completely your choice. In the off-season, you don’t have to book. Just arrive at the place, find a hotel per your liking, and negotiate an on-the-spot deal.

In peak tourist season, however, in the months of January and February, April till June, and then in October, I will recommend that you book your stay.

Gulmarg Sightseeing Itinerary

A minimum of 2 days is what I will recommend for sightseeing and enjoying other activities. It takes about 2 to 3 hours to travel from Srinagar to Gulmarg.

Gulmarg 2 Nights Itinerary

If you were planning to stay in Gulmarg for 2 nights, your itinerary can be prepared in the following manner.

  • On Day 1, start early from Srinagar and arrive at Gulmarg at about 9 to 10 AM.
  • Check into a hotel and spend some time visiting local places like Maharani temple, St. Mary’s church, Golf Course, Maharaja Palace, etc.
  • On Day 2, take a Gondola ride to the top of Apharwat Peak. Trek to Alpather Lake there and arrive back at Gulmarg. This will take an entire day.
  • If you do not want to go trekking, you can skip Alpather Lake and go on a drive to Bota Pathri and Strawberry Valley instead.
  • On Day 3, you can travel back to Srinagar.

One Day Trip to Gulmarg from Srinagar

If you were planning to spend just one night, below can be your itinerary for the Srinagar to Gulmarg one-day trip.

  • On Day 1, start early from Srinagar and arrive at Gulmarg at about 9 to 10 AM.
  • Check into a hotel and spend some time visiting local places like Maharani temple, St. Mary’s church, Golf Course, Maharaja Palace, etc.
  • On Day 2, take a Gondola ride to the top of Apharwat Peak.
  • Return by noon, have lunch, check out of the hotel, and reach back to Srinagar by evening.

Srinagar to Gulmarg Day Trip

If you were however short on time, you can cover in a single day as well. Start early from Srinagar and reach Gulmarg by 9 or 10 am. Walk around the golf course and see places like Maharani Temple and St. Mary’s church.

You can actually also go for the Gondola ride if there isn’t a lot of rush. All this can easily be completed in one day and you can get back to your hotel in Srinagar by late evening.


Bank / ATM in Gulmarg

J&K Bank and Baramulla Cooperative Bank have branches in Gulmarg and provide ATM services as well. Gulmarg is a famous tourist town so banks here remain open and ATMs are functional always.

Medical Assistance

There is a small hospital in Gulmarg and you can also buy medicines from the local chemist shop. But for anything serious, the patient would have to be brought back to Srinagar.

Also Read: How to Plan a Journey to Aharbal?

Mobile Network in Gulmarg

Prepaid phones do not work anywhere in the state of J&K, including Gulmarg. If you have a prepaid connection, however, your phone will be as good as a paperweight.

But as long as you have a postpaid connection, no matter which network you are on, your phone will be working fine here. Data connectivity too will be good. Most of the hotels here have free Wi-Fi available with good data speed.

For more details on this topic, please take a look at Mobile Network in Kashmir & Data Connectivity.


Shopping in Gulmarg is all about buying Kashmiri handicrafts, decorative linens, brass, silverware, pashmina shawls, carpets, carved furniture, stone jewelry, freshly plucked tea leaves, and dry fruit.

For all of this, however, I will strongly recommend that you buy from Srinagar. There are no big shopping markets in Gulmarg and your choice of items will be a bit limited and so will your ability to negotiate.

What to Eat

Not just Gulmarg but the moment you set foot anywhere in Kashmir, you should eat only Kashmiri dishes. Below is a list of some foods that you can try.

Non Vegetarian Dishes

  • Mutton Roghan Josh
  • Gushtaba (soft meatballs cooked in natural yogurt, white curry)
  • Rishta (Soft meatballs in delicious Gravy, Red Curry)
  • Tabak Maaz (Deep-fried ribs of lamb)
  • Kanti(small chunks of meat cooked with a lot of onions)
  • Seekh-Tuji – Marinated and freshly barbecued meat pieces eaten with chutney
  • Grilled Mutton called Tilli or Tekh
  • Marzunga Korma
  • Shami Kabab
  • Meeth Maaz

Vegetarian Dishes

  • Veg Dum Aaloo
  • Tamatar Zaman (Paneer)
  • Nundur Yakhin (Lotus Stem prepared in Yogurt)
  • Haak (Kashmiri Saag)

One thing you have to remember is that Kashmiri people are not too high on Roti / Chapati. Rice is what usually gets served here and hence the gravy of all these items is not thick.

Also Read: How to Plan a Trip to Doodhpathri?

Where to Eat

There are plenty of restaurants in Gulmarg that you can eat at. Just walk up to the main market and you will find shops all around.  You can also order at your hotel but I found going to the market and eating there a better choice.


Other Tips

Gulmarg in general is an expensive place. Finding a hotel here for anywhere under Rs. 2000 per day is going to be a task impossible.

Even the food here is expensive. You will be paying Rs. 20 for one single small Tawa roti at a very OK type restaurant. Veg, Non-Veg, Rice everything here is expensive so keep that in mind while you plan a trip.

Guides and Pony owners are a huge nuisance in Gulmarg. You cannot walk here 100 meters without someone offering you either a pony ride or to be your guide.

Guides have absolutely nothing to offer. There is no place here that you cannot visit without a guide. They will charge you only for walking with you and nothing else. You will be just wasting money if you hire one.

Pony owners are another nuisance. There is horse dung everywhere in the meadows courtesy of these guys so watch where you step.

Gulmarg Altitude

Gulmarg is located at an altitude of 2,650 meters, 8,694 ft.


You can get some small fixes done and punctures repaired in Gulmarg but for any major fixes, you will have to tow your vehicle back to Tangmarg and then toward Srinagar.

Petrol Pump

There is no petrol pump in Gulmarg but there are several as you drive 60 kilometers from Srinagar to Gulmarg. The one closest is at Tangmarg. Just get a tank-full done at Srinagar and it will easily last the entire trip.

Road Condition

The entire stretch of road from Srinagar to Gulmarg is a smooth drive. It is a double-lane road but traffic flows smoothly. The road from Srinagar to Tangmarg is a mix of average and good but from Tangmarg to Gulmarg, it remains in excellent condition.


Below are some frequently asked questions about Gulmarg. If the information you were looking for wasn’t covered in this post, you may ask in the comments section below.

1. Is Gulmarg Worth Visiting?

Gulmarg is among the topmost tourist destinations of our country and is definitely worth paying a visit.

2. What is Gulmarg Famous For?

Gulmarg is famous for the Gondola ride and its golf course in summer and winter sports in the winter season.

3. Which is the Best Month to Visit Gulmarg?

January and February are the best months to visit Gulmarg in winter. April and September are the best months to visit Gulmarg in the summer season.

4. How many days are enough for Gulmarg?

A trip to Gulmarg is best planned for 2 days. This will give you sufficient time to enjoy all the tourist places and activities.

5. Which is better Gulmarg or Sonmarg?

In my opinion, Gulmarg is better than Sonamarg because it presents a wider range of tourist activities than Sonamarg.

6. Which is better Gulmarg or Pahalgam?

Gulmarg is much better than Pahalgam in terms of natural beauty and tourist activities.


I hope the information above on planning a trip to Gulmarg was of help. If you have any questions, you can contact me on Instagram and I will be happy to answer. You can also consider subscribing to my YouTube channel and asking a question there.

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Sachin Parwate June 15, 2024 - 8:08 am

Hello Vargis bhai. We are a couple planning our trip to gulmarg in the 1st week of July. We are planning one night stay at gulmarg and then gandola ride early in the morning till phase 2 and then a trek to Alpather lake. In this regard, I had a few queries.
1. Firstly, is it ok to travel from Srinagar to Gulmarg and back on a rented bike?
2. Is it possible to complete the trek to Alpather lake from phase 2 and come back and leave from Gulmarg by 3-4pm as I need to reach Srinagar by 6pm?
3. Will there be any timing restrictions to leave from Gulmarg towards Srinagar keeping my mind the onset of Amarnath yatra from 29th june?

Vargis.Khan June 15, 2024 - 12:56 pm

Hello Sachin Bhai,

1. Yes
2. Yes but it will be a very tiring day and you will have to rush through the trek, not advisable
3. Yes. July is not a good time for Srinagar. There will be several tourist and traffic restrictions in place. Last year, tourists were refused entry in Srinagar after 3 pm.

Sachin Parwate June 22, 2024 - 10:44 pm

Thanks a lot for your inputs Vargis bhai

Vargis.Khan June 24, 2024 - 7:48 am

You are welcome Sachin Bhai

suchana May 17, 2024 - 4:44 am

HI Vagris

I really liked the content of your blog, it is very informative and helpful. Can you please help me with some information. Is it feasible to do the Gondola ride and visit the Drung waterfall on the same day. Our plane is leave Srinagar Morning- reach Gulmerg- do Gondola ride – then visit Drung waterfall -return to Srinagar. is it going to be too hectic and tiring for 1 day? Wouls appreciate your feedback


Reva October 31, 2023 - 4:32 pm

Hi, Do you have any idea about the Gulmarg Ice Skating Rink? Is it any good, for beginners?

Vargis.Khan November 1, 2023 - 1:10 am

I have seen a lot of people learning to ski in Gulmarg so I guess it is good for beginners as well.

LEELAKRISHNA VISWANATHAM October 7, 2023 - 4:12 pm

Hi, I am planning to visit Kashmir from 1st Nov to 4th nov. Can you please give me idea , how should I plan. I am planning as below.

1. reach Srinagar, sightseeing, Shikara ride in Dallake
2.Day trip to Gulmarg , sightseeing, return to Srinagar
3. Day trip to Pehlgam, sightseeing, return to Srinagar
4. sight seeing till noon in srinagar, return

My dilama is , should I stay one night in Gurmarg ?

Tarakkumar Soni September 22, 2023 - 2:51 pm

Nice and detailed information.
We would plan to reach Jammu on 1st Dec 23 at 2.30 pm and back on 9th Dec 23 at 11.30 am from same Jammu Tawi Railway station.
My plan is Jammu to Pahelgam – stay Pahalgam 3 N (as reached at night on 1st), will do sightseeing on 2nd and 3rd. On 4th check in to Gulmarg and stay 2 nights there – on 6th Checkin to Sonmarg and stay 1 night – on 7th Check into Srinagar and stay 1 night. on 8th Dec checkout and visit other places of Srinagar and evening left for Jammu so we can reach before 9 to 10 AM on 9th,

I do understand that hiring a private cab for the entire trip always would be a good option.
I have the following questions :
1. Please let me know if the above plan is good and can be better or the best as per your experience.
2. Whether this time is good to visit? Can we experience of snow fall during our trip or I can sat probability of snowfall?

Vargis.Khan September 24, 2023 - 1:21 pm

It is a good plan if you want a relaxed trip and do not want to move around too much. Snowfall entirely depends on the weather but yes, you may experience a light spell of snow if luck favored

Hitender September 7, 2023 - 7:08 am

Hi, Amazing blogs vargis. Keep it up.
I have one query , I have friends car in Srinagar, it’s personnel car. If I take that to pahalgam and Gulmarg then still I need to hire local taxi for going to Auri, betab valley or I can drive by my Kashmir registered car.

Vargis.Khan September 7, 2023 - 11:02 am

Hi Hitender – No you do not. The problem is only with Srinagar taxis, not private vehicles

Raunak Pandya March 25, 2023 - 5:33 pm

Hello Vargis – Planning a trip for 6 nights around May end. We are a family of 6 adults and two small kids (under 5 and 2 years). I was planning to do 2 night in Srinagar, 2 night in Gulmarg and 1 each in Pahalgam and Sonamarg. Will it be little too much? If I have to drop one of Sonamarg or Pahalgam which one would you suggest?

Vargis.Khan March 26, 2023 - 1:34 pm

Hi Raunak – You can do away with just one night in Gulmarg, do not need 2. If you must drop one place, I will suggest dropping Pahalgam.

Raunak March 26, 2023 - 7:14 pm

Thanks Vargis. So if I spend two nights in Srinagar, and one night in Gulmarg, should I do two nights in Sonmarg then? What would be a recommended itinerary for 6 nights? Reaching Srinagar airport in the evening on Day 1.

Vargis.Khan March 28, 2023 - 6:19 am

You can travel like this

1. Srinagar
2. Srinagar to Gulmarg
3. Sightseeing in Gulmarg and return to Srinagar
4. Day trip to Sonamarg
5. Day trip to Pahalgam
6. Srinagar local sightseeing

Mohan November 9, 2022 - 11:15 pm

Hello bro,
Your travel experience and narrating of all places that you have visited was amazing, i have planned a trip from nov 20 to 23 in gulmarg and pahalgam.. Is it possible get a taxi on arrival Srinagar to Gulmarg straight away?
Other doubt is can we book a hotel on arrival?? It would be costlier than bre booking?
Can we get guide all necessary details from hotel means how to travel? Where to travel without guide?

Abhishek September 9, 2022 - 6:54 pm

Hello Sir,
Very informative indeed.
I am planning to visit Kashmir with my family. My itinerary would be Pahalgam (2 Nights), Gulmarg (1 nights), Sonamarg (1 Nights), and Srinagar (2 night). Kindly guide me if car rental for 7 days would be best or should I book car for per destination basis. Because, for local sightseeing, local taxi needs to be booked.

Vargis.Khan September 13, 2022 - 10:59 am

Hello Abhishek – It would be best to book the same car for the entire trip. It will cost you less that way and will also be more convenient.

Payal Kajaria January 29, 2023 - 7:55 am

Am planning Kashmir trip in April2023, 2Npahalgam,1N gulmarg nd 3nsrinagar. Can you please share the trusty can contact no. Also do you suggest to travel from pahalgam to gulmarg as we are goin to pahalgam frst on arrival of srinagar

Vargis.Khan January 30, 2023 - 11:00 am

Gulmarg to Pahalgam is doable but you will first have to discuss it with the driver and get him to agree to it. You can try talking to Kunal @ 9910402252 and see if he can get you a good dead

Kinteksh September 6, 2022 - 12:52 pm

Hello Sir, really you are amazing and giving valuable information…
I am planning for Kashmir trip in the month of October from 06/10/2022 to 13/10/2022
Sir Can you please suggest which route will be better like
Directly from Srinagar to Gulmarg (Gulmarg stay 2 nights), Sonamarg (2 Nights), Pahalgam (2 Nights) and Srinagar (1 night)
First visit pahalgam??

Which route you recommend??

Vargis.Khan September 7, 2022 - 3:49 am

Thank you Kinteksh. It does not really matter to be honest. It is your personal preference. If it was up to me though, I will go to Pahalgam first.

Soumit Das April 2, 2022 - 5:02 pm

Hello Vargis Sahab! Is it possible to make a Gulmarg trip like this? Day 1 = Srinagar to Gulmarg via Doodhpathri ; Day 2 = Gulmarg Gondola ride and Alpather lake trek , Gulmarg-Bota Pathri–Gulmarg ; Day 3 = Gulmarg to Srinagar via Yusmarg ?

Vargis.Khan April 6, 2022 - 4:42 am

Hello Soumit Bhai – How are you traveling? If by private taxi then yes, it can be done.

Soumit Das April 2, 2022 - 4:55 pm

Hello Vargis Sahab! Is it possible to make a Gulmarg trip like this? Day 1 = Srinagar to Gulmarg via Doodhpatri ; Day 2 = Gulmarg Gondola ride and Alpathar lake trek , Gulmarg-Bota Pathri – Gulmarg ; Day 4 = Gulmarg to Srinagar via Yusmarg ?

Vargis.Khan April 6, 2022 - 4:42 am

Hello Soumit Bhai – How are you traveling? If by private taxi then yes, it can be done.

Priya March 21, 2022 - 4:41 pm

Gondola ride Phase 2 – will it be difficult for my 3 year old or parents in terms of breathing or any other side effects? Is it walking distance from gulmarg car parking to gondola ride? Thanks

Vargis.Khan March 27, 2022 - 2:41 am

It will not be difficult but if there was any problem, you can immediately get on the Gondola and descend. And yes, it is a walking distance.

rfr January 13, 2023 - 11:46 am

Hi Vargis bhai,

Your blog has been a life saver… Excellent information from all aspects, minute details in layman’s language! Have read only few but tat itself got me on my toes.. I just wanna reach Kashmir n explore.. In shaa Allah (before I reach, I am sure.. I have read all of them)

We are planning a trip coming February 2023. So far booked itinary as per JKDTC availability.
Day 1 – Srinagar (booked)
Day 2 – Sonamarg (booked)
Day 3 – Thinking whether to go directly to Gulmarg.
Day 4 – Return back to (Srinagar deserves 1more day atleast) or go directly to Pahalgam. (1night stay)
Day 5 or 6 – Visit places in (Banihal, Udhampur & Jammu)
Back to from Jammu Tawi by …
What is your take on my itinary. Very tight schedule becoz of sudden planning and tight schedule with budget trip (Wonder where that wud end up though.. )

Allah aapko duniya aur aakhirat mein bada makaam de for being virtual guide for najaane kitne log.. Aaamen!!

Vargis.Khan January 17, 2023 - 10:36 am

Bahut bahut shukriya Bhai. God bless you and your family.

How will you be traveling? By private taxi I suppose otherwise the trip will be very difficult?

Varnika February 25, 2022 - 4:59 pm

This is so informative Vargis!
It is exactly what I was looking for.
A question however, do you suggest hiring a cab for all my 4 nights of stay(2 in Gulmarg and 2 in Pahalgam). Or I should just take a drop in Gulmarg and then one from Gulmarg to Pahalgam and then to airport?

Vargis.Khan February 26, 2022 - 11:46 am

Thank you Varnika. Hiring one cab for the entire trip will be cost-efficient otherwise you will end up paying more.

Indrani Ray February 21, 2022 - 2:14 pm

Great informative article covering all travel aspects. Thanks Vargis Khan. We are planning a trip to Gulmarg end March. Will it be no green with melted snow and bare view or there will be some greenery.

Vargis.Khan February 22, 2022 - 10:04 am

Thanks, Indrani. The end of March is a good time. Melting snow will leave behind plenty of greenery and good views

Varnika February 25, 2022 - 4:57 pm

Hi Indrani, We are a couple and also planning in March end, 26th to 30th. If our days clash, we can hire a cab together.

Mirza Shahanshah Baig March 31, 2021 - 6:59 am

Assalamu alaikum Vargis Bhai
Thanks a lot for sharing all the information, i want to ask you a question that i am planning a trip to kashmir at the end of May month with my wife. So, to explore Gulmarg from srinagar on a bike will be a good choice or bad.
Please reply

mou February 9, 2021 - 9:12 am

hi can we see any snow in gulmarg in the month of april

Prakash Kumar January 18, 2021 - 11:05 am

मै अपने परिवार के साथ 13 मार्च को गुलमर्ग आ रहा हूं
क्या गुलमर्ग में 13मार्च तक बर्फ देखी जा सकती है

Abhinav January 11, 2021 - 6:59 pm

Hi Vargis,
Can you please help me out. I have a constraint to stay in stay/hotel which can provide reliable internet as I have to do work remotely. Can you please recommend stays in Srinagar and Gulmarg for the same. I am looking for decent stays (but not the expensive end)

Karan December 21, 2020 - 11:10 am

Hello Vargis,

we are planing to visit Gulmarg in this week only please suggest the weather there and wat about snow fall ??

Vargis.Khan December 21, 2020 - 8:05 pm

The weather is cold and yes, it has snowed already in Gulmarg.

Hamza January 7, 2021 - 9:22 pm

Great work and very informative details you have given that is very important thing for like me tourist who are plannig to visit gulmarg .. Sir i have planned my trip to gulmarg i will drive by my car to shrinagar .. and from here i will take taxi and i will stay gulmarg for two nights
But sir i have a huge problem .. WHERE AND HOW i can park my own vehicle .. ??
Please sir koi solution bataye mujhe car se hi aana hai .. kya tanmarg tak apni vehicle se aa sakte hai .. ?
Agar aa sakte hai to Tanmarg me kaha park kar sakte hai apna vehicle for two nights ..
Agar Tanmarg tak nahi aa sakte to Shrinagar me two nights ke liye apna vehicle kaha park kar sakte hai ..
Please sir help us

Ashish December 9, 2020 - 7:08 pm

Thank you for the details. Very detaliled travel guide.

Nikhil December 9, 2020 - 6:45 pm

Thank you for a great article on visiting Gulmarg. Everything is explained so very well.

Ramesh December 4, 2020 - 10:01 am

Hi Vargis,

Is Gondola operational on all days ?
Can we go till 2nd phase in mid Jan or early Feb ?

Abhilash Pradhan November 25, 2020 - 8:02 pm

Hello, is the below a good itinerary for kashmir in feb
Gulmarg 3nights
Pahalgam 2 nights
Srinagar 1 night

Vargis.Khan November 28, 2020 - 6:50 am

3 nights in Gulmarg is a bit much, to be honest. 2 nights should do.

PRIYANKA YADAV November 25, 2020 - 10:39 am

Hello Mr. Khan,

Thanku soo much for such a nice information. I have one question, I am planning to visit in December 2nd half 2020, is there will be snowfall and ski activities in the valley.And also is there any covid restrictions .

Thanks and Regards,

Vargis.Khan November 28, 2020 - 6:51 am

Hello Ms. Yadav – It depends on the weather really but it starts to snow in Gulmarg in December.

Surender singh November 17, 2020 - 6:47 pm

Hello mr khan
I want to know that it is possible to travel with own vehicle till sringar . I mean snow on the road , vehicle slip and most important it is safe in 3rd jan2020 to 6jan 2020
Plz suggest

Suman Chakraborty August 29, 2020 - 1:15 am

Dear Vargis,
Thanks for this great arrival. I just want to know that can I visit Srinagar and Gulmarg in my own car? Is there any restriction? I heard that own vehicles are not allowed in Gulmarg for sight seeing. Is that true? Please answer.
Thanks and regards.

Vargis.Khan August 29, 2020 - 1:59 am

Hello Suman – Tourists are allowed in both Srinagar and Gulmarg currently but you will have to carry your COVID test result. You can travel by your own car as well.

Sharmistha Chatterjee July 22, 2020 - 3:48 am

Sir, I have booked flight tickets for Kashmir long ago. My plan was to visit Kashmir on and from 17th October, 2020 to 24th October, 2020.Will it be possible to visit in this pandemic situation? Will it be safe there?

Vargis.Khan July 22, 2020 - 10:04 pm

No lone can tell that right now Sharmistha. It all depends on how the situation will unfold in October.

Rakesh November 3, 2020 - 10:27 am

We are planning to visit for New Year’s Eve. We have been to Srinagar in winter a few times, but never to Gulmarg. How are things there now? I have been told that hotels have started reopening. Any suggestions from you, considering the pandemic?

Ashish Yadav April 19, 2020 - 4:34 pm

Varis…. a great description of a great place in such simple words…. commendable job
I have a question that whether it would be suitable and safe to travel in own car in the month of February(After 20th feb) up to Gulmarg.

Abarnasri April 5, 2020 - 7:42 pm

Mr.Khan your article will definitely help whoever’s planning on a trip to this place. I haven’t come across a detailed tour guide like this. Keep writing about the places you explore! Thanks for sharing.

Nasrin January 28, 2020 - 11:06 am

Hi, Can we see snow in Gulmarg by Dec last week? Please sugggest. Is it safe to travel Gulmarg by end of Dec with 2.5 year old kid?

Vargis.Khan January 28, 2020 - 6:24 pm

It is OK to go but snow depends entirely on the weather. Hard to predict right now.

Karishma Bhadvia January 26, 2020 - 6:34 am

Great Artice !! We are planing to visiting Gulamrg in upcoming March from 6th to 10th March. Should we keep woolen clothes or summer clothes. Also will we get a chance to see snow ?

Vargis.Khan January 26, 2020 - 3:17 pm

Pack all your woolen clothes please and yes, you will find snow.

Rahul Singrodia February 19, 2020 - 11:11 am

Is there any pre-paid taxi counter on the airport? We are a couple and want to avoid any hassles, So we prefer booking the cab from airport right upto Khyber

Vargis.Khan February 19, 2020 - 3:29 pm

Yes, there is a taxi counter right outside.

Ashok Roy Choudhury December 9, 2020 - 8:11 am

Dear Mr. Vargas,
An excellent trAveley article loaded with info. Considering Covid situation can you please elaborate on restrictions and other mandatory documentation to carry for visiting Kashmir now.

Rashad December 29, 2019 - 11:30 am

I visited Srinagar and gulmarg last week .tbh I love the place but not the people,when it comes to dealing with tourists never seen such irritating and cheating people.for example you have explained the nuisance of the guides there in gulmarg it’s 100 percent true .this time me and my friend were only tourists in whole Kashmir (at least we felt,mainly due to internet shutdown)by the time we got down at gulmarg from taxi a dozen of people started irritating and following all the time

Shameem A October 30, 2019 - 5:29 am

wow… things are well described…this blog contains a lot of information. nice way of working anyway….

Vargis.Khan October 30, 2019 - 10:05 pm

Thanks Shameem

Vinod Sharma July 29, 2019 - 5:15 am

Dear you are such a nice person, and you had a great knowledge about kashmir,and you had shared your experience for the convenience of the tourist, great job but correct one thing in your post that Train service for Srinagar is from Banihal not from Ramban, so plz make correction dear

Vargis.Khan July 29, 2019 - 1:34 pm

Thank you for adding the details Vinod Bhai. I will make the required corrections.

anon July 21, 2019 - 5:15 am

Hi, will Gulmarg snow from December 3rd-10th this year? Since it’s in Kashmir are terrorist attacks on international (yet indian-origin) tourists possible?

Shamini July 15, 2019 - 7:19 am

Hi Vargis,

I am planning Gulmarg on 1st week Sept 2019. Can I see any snow on phase 2?

Sunil Jain June 4, 2019 - 2:40 pm

Dear Mr Khan
One of the best articles even seen with honest views by the writer.

We intend to plan a visit on last week of June, 2019. How will be the weather? is it advisable to come in June? What are the activities for kids? What is strawberry valley..

Vargis.Khan June 4, 2019 - 7:39 pm

Thank you Mr. Jain. June is a good time to go with pleasant weather. Gondola ride can be a fun thing for kids. Strawberry valley is nothing but a small corner of the town where they grow strawberries in harvest season. Otherwise it is just a piece of land.

Amar Saxena June 1, 2019 - 9:29 am

Mr. Khan I just want to know what is average cost of spending 4 nights and 5 days in gulmarg by a couple with all food,hotel, sightseeing and transportation cost.

Vargis.Khan June 1, 2019 - 8:23 pm

Mr. Saxena – Everything in Gulmarg is costly. It will come out to be around Rs. 4000 – Rs. 5000 per day in Gulmarg for 2 people including all costs.

Tanmoy Bhattacharjee November 18, 2018 - 6:51 pm

I am planning Gulmarg, pahalgam, so marg and srinagar trip from 15th to 22nd Feb 2019. We will be travelling with our 2yr kid. Could you please suggest something, regarding weather, things we need to follow, all the above destinations will be open, is there will be any oxygen issue. It will be really helpful if you can help me to send me a plan.

Vargis.Khan November 18, 2018 - 7:16 pm

It has already snowed in Gulmarg and temperature last week was at -5. So you much pack accordingly. Sonamarg will be closed so you cannot go there. Hard to predict about Gulmarg whether or not it will be open, depends on the weather and the amount of snow. Pahalgam will remain open though.

gunjan grover November 15, 2018 - 5:05 pm

Great article! !
Wanted to check how will be Gulmarg in 2nd week of December and how is the road from Srinagar to Gulmarg is it hilly throughout?

Vargis.Khan November 15, 2018 - 10:30 pm

Thank you 🙂 . It has already started to snow there last week so it is going to be very cold. Srinagar to Tangmarg is mostly a flat road. Only the last 15 kilometers is a steep climb.

gunjan grover November 16, 2018 - 6:13 pm


Vargis.Khan November 16, 2018 - 11:15 pm

you are welcome

Jay Thaker November 10, 2018 - 5:32 pm

Vargis, I have seen many articles about places around the world, written by experts and travelers alike – but this article is one of the best I’ve read ever. It’s so detailed, yet simple and so descriptive yet clear. I am happy to have stumbled upon this gem. Thanks for taking the effort to put this down so well.

After all this info, I feel totally prepared for mybuocmomy trip to Gulmarg in a couple of weeks! 🙂

Vargis.Khan November 10, 2018 - 10:30 pm

Thanks Jay. I am glad that the information posted was of help and appreciate you taking the time to drop a note. It has already snowed in Gulmarg. Last week the final stretch of 15 kilometers between Tangmarg to Gulmarg shut down and electricity gone for 3-4 days. So please pack and prepare accordingly.

Vargis.Khan November 10, 2018 - 10:31 pm

And also, do let me know how your trip went after you return.


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