Gulmarg’s amazing magnificence, prime area and vicinity to Srinagar actually make it one of Asia’s chief slope resorts. Initially called “Gaurimarg” by shepherds, Gulmarg was found in the sixteenth century by Sultan Yusuf Shah, who was enlivened by seeing its green slants decorated with wild blossoms. It was additionally a most loved resort of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. Today, Gulmarg is not just a mountain resort of remarkable excellence but rather additionally the nation’s chief ski resort in winter when it is shrouded in snow and goes up against the presence of a photo postcard
Skiing and Winter Sports
Gulmarg was first settled as a ski resort by the British who had set up the Ski Club of India here in 1927. Skiing at Gulmarg had turned out to be exceptionally well known amid the pre-autonomy years. The resort used to host two noteworthy skiing occasions, one each amid Christmas and Easter. In 1938-39, around 500 skiers are said to have taken an interest in Christmas and Easter ski races. Gulmarg’s environment was related to European ski resorts of the 1940’s and 50’s – the ‘Alps of past times worth remembering’. It has great daylight and also great snow.
The skiing season for the most part begins just before Christmas (mid December) and proceeds till early April. Amid 1998, Gulmarg facilitated the main National Winter Games of India, for which the offices were immensely enhanced and overhauled. Present day hardware like Kasse Bohrer Snow Beating Machines (for get ready skiing slants) and snowmobiles were transported in, as likewise the principal period of the Gulmarg Gondola Cable Car was charged. The resort offices were additionally enhanced and overhauled for the fourth National Winter Games, which were likewise held here amid 2003-2004.
Gulmarg is appropriate for picking up skiing. It has a portion of the best slants for fledglings and halfway skiers, all adjusted by ski lifts and seat lifts. The greater part of the skiing exercises are focused on these inclines, which have ski runs going from 200 to 900 mts. Great quality hardware including skis, boots, sticks, gloves and goggles, are all accessible on contract from the Government-run ski shop. Prepared teachers are close by for directing novice skiers
In any case, not all voyagers who visit Gulmarg in winter wanted skiing – some are basically there to watch the skiing or to appreciate an occasion in the snow. A considerable lot of them contaminated with the energy of the skiers wear their first match of skis inside a brief time of their landing.
Among the various slants are some which are not overhauled by ski lifts. These are calmer than those gigantically prevalent with normal skiers. Prepared skiers take to these inclines and even trek in the snow for a few hours to the highest point of the Apharwat range, to make a drop enduring close to 30 minutes. What’s more, now with the setting up of the Gondola Cable Car, Gulmarg has turned into the most noteworthy lift-served ski resort on the planet giving a declining ski keep running of 5.2 km from a tallness of 14,000 ft in the Apharwat run. It is likewise the longest gondola served ski-lift in Asia.
Gulmarg additionally offers a large group of other snow sports right now of the year. The most mainstream among the travelers is riding a sledge and being pulled along the snow secured streets or gentler slants. Tobogganing likewise does not require any aptitude – a level wooden barricade is taken the slope and afterward permitted to slide downhill. Snowboarding, another energizing winter game is additionally being presented and advanced here. Making a snowman and holding open air fires around it in the midst of music and devouring is another prevalent movement reveled by the voyagers. Yet, the most agreeable part of a winter visit in Gulmarg is the benevolent air. It resembles being in a family where everyone knows every other person.
Heli-skiing was presented in Gulmarg, without precedent for India amid the mid 1980s in a joint effort with the incredibly famous French skier, Sylvain Saudan of Himalaya Heli-Ski Club of France. For this profoundly energizing game, skiers are taken to the highest point of mountain edges by helicopters from where they ski down the tremendous Himalayan inclines. At first, the program was begun at Apharwat in Gulmarg. Along these lines, different locales in the Kashmir Himalayas were likewise utilized for the reason. The program was suspended amid the 1990s, however now it is has been resuscitated once more.
Numerous remote skiers visit Gulmarg and remain there for expanded periods. For overseeing mountain operations, consistently the Tourism Department draws in a Ski Patrol Team, headed by authorize remote specialists.