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What :

Summer golfing and winter skiing bring travelers on tours of India to Gulmarg. Resting in the Kashmir Valley, Gulmarg (Meadow of Flowers) is a beautiful alpine region with splendid views of the Himalayan Mountains.

Gulmarg has been a popular place to escape to the mountains since Kashmiri Kings vacationed here in the 15th century. After the Mughals came to power in Northern India, it remained a popular summer retreat for the emperor’s court. It was the Mughal emperor Jehangir that said "If there's paradise on earth, it's here." Under British rule in India, Gulmarg was favored by officers and the political elite for summer vacations because of the cool climate and pastoral beauty. Golf and hunting were their favorite pastimes in the region, and some of their trophies can be spotted adorning walls of colonial hotels.

Mount Afarwat (Apharwat) looms over the resort town, and a jaunty ride on the Gulmarg Gondola, one of the world’s highest reaching ski lifts, deposits travelers on our India tours just a few hundred feet from the lofty summit that measures over 13,000 feet high. From the shelf just below the summit you can look west into the Line of Control, which marks the borders of India and Pakistan.

When :

The best seasonal weather to visit Gulmarg falls between March and October. Between November and February the average temperature hovers around freezing, and the steady snowfall makes for the region’s best skiing weather. The warmest temperatures are from March to May, and this is the best time to enjoy golfing and treks through the lower portions of the Himalayas. Rainfall is light between July and August, and makes the alpine forests particularly verdant.

Where :

Gulmarg is north of the Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital, Srinagar. The resort town can be reached in as little as an hour and a half via private vehicle departing from Srinagar.

Who :

Skiers and golfers need only a few photos to convince them to visit, but the raw natural beauty and awe inspiring scenery from the peak of Mount Afarwat are something no traveler should miss.

Appropriate Attire :

Even in the summer months it’s best to bring along warm clothing as it can be chilly in the early mornings and evenings due to the elevation. If you’re heading to Galmarg during the colder months, bundle up as snow fall is constant and the average temperature rarely budges above freezing.

Guest Reviews :

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  Cynthia and David Smith
April 2014
Excellent rating for Tour Design, Guides, Hotels, Ground Transportation, Transfers.
Our guides and drivers were wonderful. The tour, as planned was about the ultimate for the time we had in India.
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March 2014
It was a dream come true! I really enjoyed the tour, the people I met, the incredible things I saw and the wonderful well mannered and caring people from India. I have traveled extensively, I consider myself a real gobble trotter, I have participated in a lot of tour company groups but nothing like Easy Tours of India!
I arrived sick, really sick, the medications I brought with me didn't work, I called two doctors at two different hotels, they sure made the difference! They changed my antibiotics, gave me 5 more medications including an anti-allergic one and made me feel better enough, that with some effort on my part, I was able to enjoy and finish the tour.
Ali our guide was sure a gentleman... WOW! he has so much patience he could be a teacher! the gentleman driver was so pleasant and caring, especially when he noticed I was feeling so bad.
I am already planning to go back to visit South India and this time I do not plan to be sick at all.
I love India!
Specially the hotel in MUMBAI, they were the best, they took care of me really well, gave me an upgrade of a beautiful room, let me check out at 8pm and gave me free internet access. They were so and so sweet caring and nice I felt my heart broken when I said goodbye...
Chandni always called concerned about my health, thanks CHANDNI!
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