Gulmarg

Gulmarg or the 'meadow of flowers' ironically, is at its spectacular best in winter.

No amount of words or pictures can do justice to this breathtaking, beautiful destination. Which makes writing this piece enormously difficult. Even when our friends, who had visited the place before us, raved and gushed about the gorgeous landscape, they didn’t quite manage to convince us. It was just the paucity of leave that led us here. That along with the notion that we could try our hand at skiing at a fraction of the cost.

While Gulmarg literally means the meadow of flowers, we recommend going here in winter over spring or any other season to avoid the throngs of camera-happy, loud and often badly-behaved tourists.

We suggest you spend at least four nights here and make sure you don’t have to rush back for any important commitments. We were stranded in Srinagar for a night on our way home because of weather conditions.

This part of India has only recently become safe to travel to. Which is such a shame considering how stunning it is. Having said that, when you’re planning a trip to Gulmarg, it’s prudent to check a couple of travel advisories to make sure that its safe to go. We find the US travel advisories to be far too paranoid but the United Kingdom’s –India – Foreign Travel Advice seems to be slightly better moderated.

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