Travelogue by Rogen
Tourism @ Kerala
Gulmarg - Travelogue by Rogen Joseph
Staying that night in Srinagar i enquir about possibility of visiting Gulmarg. I heard from hotel guys that J&K Tourism operates bus services to Gulmarg. Next day morning i went to J&K transport office and reserve my seat. I catch a bus to Gulmarg operated by Jammu and Kashmir Tourism from Srinagar by road via Tangmarg. 56 km is the distance to Gulmarg from Srinagar. Our bus halts for few minutes at Tanmarg. Some people buy jackets for hire from here. I take some snaps from Tanmarg.
Tangmarg is a hilly area with most parts covered by lush green forests. This stop is to be taken seriously since there are no more stores on the way to Gulmarg from Tangmarg. During snow season Gulmarg vechicles are permitted only up to Tangmarg. The road climbs uphill in the last 12 kilometres from Tanmarg to Gulmarg passing through forests of pine and fir. Overall journey takes less than three hours.
Now i'm at Gulmarg in Baramula district of Jammu and Kashmir. The town is situated in the Pirpanjal range in the western Himalayas. From here trekking starts. You can reach up to Gondola by walk or choose Pony.
Trekking by foot presents me real beauty of Kashmir Valley. Flowers that blossoms makes area more beautiful and water here is too cold. I also witness few sheaperds in trekking path to Gulmarg.
Gulmarg visit will not be complete without Gondola ride. Gulmarg Gondola is one of the highest in the world reaching 3,979 metres.
Gondola (Cable car) riding in Gulmarg consist of two phases: Gulmarg to Kungdoor and Kungdoor to Aparwath. The price is 700 Indian Rupees for the first stage and 900 Indian Rupees for the second stage. A gondola can carry six people at a time. Overall journey takes 20 minutes.
Finally i catch snow iceballs from the top of Gulmarg. During winter this area is filled with snow. That is why i choose hot season.
Affter reaching my dream destination i backs to place where bus drops me in a pony (small horse).
Video of my journey from Srinagar to Gulmarg is given below. Watch from half part of this video to see Gulmarg only.