The tourist destination of Gulmarg lies at a distance of 56 kilometers from Srinagar, Kashmir. Gulmarg is one of the most frequented hill resorts in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The word gul means flowers, and thus the name Gulmarg stands for a meadow of flowers. Flowers that bloom in this meadow include bluebells, daisies, forget-me-nots and buttercups. Tours to the meadow of Gulmarg will transport you into a beautiful world of flowers. Those who aim to embark on a tour to the Gulmarg region must make it a point to travel to the picturesque Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve and the Alpather Lake. In fact the prime tourist attractions for those who travel to Gulmarg include skiing and Heliskiing, green golf courses and the gondola lift.
Gulmarg has a beautiful golf course that is situated at a height of 2,650 meters above the sea level. Tourists who travel to Gulmarg visit this beautiful and panoramic golf course, if not to actually play the game, but to admire the lush green land slopes that incline gradually and form a sight to behold. Tours to Gulmarg usually offer you a temporary membership at the golf course.
As far as adventure sports is concerned Gulmarg is a trekking base for those who trek to the Pir Panjal Range, Nanga Parbat and Khilanmarg. Tours to Gulmarg offer you facilities for hiring trekking equipment and local guides. Most of the resorts in Gulmarg provide all the facilities along with world-class equipment for those keen on skiing. Khilanmarg is an important skiing center. The skiing season commences in December and goes on till the month of April. The Gulmarg biosphere reserve is located at a distance of 48 kilometers from Srinagar and offers one of the most attractive wildlife tour and travel packages.
The Alpather Lake lies frozen till the month of June and it lies at the base of the Apharwat Mountain. This lake is located at a distance of 13 kilometers from Gulmarg. The Alpather Lake and the melting snow and ice from the Apharwat Mountain form the Ningli Nallah. This stream also forms an attractive tour site.