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Tourist Attractions To Visit In Gulmarg In December

Strawberry valley, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, Alpather Lake, Ningle Nallah, and many more places in Gulmarg.

Alluring spots and picturesque snow caped landscapes are the two words that best describe your experience if you ever choose to visit Gulmarg. Tourist spots like the hiking trails of the lush green and the snow capped Apharwat peak, and spiritual points like Rani Temple are some of the best places to visit in Gulmarg in December. Gulmarg, which is surrounded by some of the most astounding valleys like Aru Valley and Strawberry Valley with their sweet green lands, are visited by the adventurers every year to climb the mountains and hills in Gulmarg as they face a great challenge in it.

The Gulmarg Biosphere is another special place which is revisited every year by people around India to see the rare animals and birds in different seasons. Although sight seeing is what many do here, Gulmarg is also known for the famous public Golfing Course. Established at a height of 2,650 meters above sea level with a wide spread green meadow land, Gulmarg golf court is regarded as the highest green golf court in the world.

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Here are some of the best places to visit in Gulmarg in December:

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Strawberry Valley

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A much adored place in Gulmarg is the Strawberry Valley. With the glowing nature of the vivid grasslands, plain blue sky, this pristine beauty is a must visit place in Gulmarg in December. Even though several old bollywood films shot some iconic songs in the Strawberry Valley, the valley never got the attention it deserves.

Although most prefer to visit this place in summer, peak winters times from December to February also gives you a chilling experience as in that time of the year Strawberry Valley has the best snowfall in store. Sunset and sunrise are the best times if you want to relax in this amazing valley filled with the shades of green to give some meditation to your eyes and peace to your soul.

Location : Alva Farm Road, Strawberry Valley, Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir

Timings : 10 am to 4 pm

Price : 30 rupees per head

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Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve

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Home to some of the rarest animals in the world, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve is about 180 Sq Km in area. Leopard, Brown and Black Bear,Hangul and Red Fox are some of the rare animals you’ll find in this famous Biosphere Reserve. The Reserve is about 4,300 meters above sea level so it’s a guarantee that the location gives you an amazing view of the hills too.

The Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve is the best place to visit in Gulmarg in December if you want to catch the sight of the endangered musk deer among several others. However, if you love birds then summer will be the best time as you can view migratory birds like Griffon Vulture, Snow Cock, Koklas, Jungle Crow and Kashmir Roller.

Timings : 10 am to 4 pm

Entry fee : 500 rupees

Location : Church Road, Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir

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Alpather Lake

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Also known as frozen lake, the Alpather lake is located at the height of 4390 meters. The astounding lake in between the rocky mountains and the green eye-feast grasslands is a must watch sight for the eyes. The journey you take gives you the experience of a lifetime. If you want to play around the frozen lake, Alpather lake is the best place to visit in Gulmarg in December.

When you finally get the grand view of the lake from the top of the Rock mountains surrounding the lake, you will feel an accomplishment in your travel life. Alpather lake has no camping facilities allowed but you can wander around the lake as you want.

Timings : Open 24 hours

Entry fee : No entry fee

Location : Baramulla District, Below Apharwat Peak,Gulmarg

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Ningle Nallah

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If you are looking for an awesome picnic spot in Gulmarg with a pleasing view of the snow capped mountains, Ningle Nallah is the best spot for you. Ningle Nallah is known for its amazing view of the green mountain with blossoming beautiful flowers and also for Skiing in the snow filled mountains.

This mountain range reveals its best look in the winter with all the snow capped mountains, so considering Ningle Nallah as a great place to visit in Gulmarg in December is not an exaggeration. As there are no extra ticket charges to visit this place, you only have to pay to do skiing in this region.

Timings : 9 am to 7 pm

Location:  10 km from Gulmarg, Jammu Kashmir

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Apharwat Peak

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One of the highest peaks in Gulmarg is the Apharwat peaks, which is nearly 4,390 meters above sea level. Trekkers love this mountain as they get to climb this courageous trek to reach the top to see the great view. . The Apharwat peak is also the best place to visit in Gulmarg in December if you want to play around with some snow as most of the year the Apharwat peak is covered with heavy snow.

The road that takes you to the peaks can’t be seen as they are likely to be covered with snow. So it’s advisable that you get a local guide to go on the trek with you so that you won’t get lost in the two and a half hour long journey.

Timings : 9 am to 7 pm

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Shiva Temple

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Located on a hill in the middle of the snowy mountains of Gulmarg, The Shiva temple has been attracting travelers since ages. This very ancient construction is counted as a really ravishing place to visit in Gulmarg in December. Reaching the shiva temple which is about 8690 feet is quite exhausting, but it is worth the effort as you get the meditative feel and a spiritual connection you get nowhere.

The aura around this soulful temple is an added positive along with the enchanting valley view you get from the hillock.

Timings: Open from 6 am to 9 pm

Location : Gulmarg Road Gulmarg Baramulla Jammu and Kashmir

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Shrine of Baba Reshi

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About 13 kms from Gulmarg, there is a very old shrine that was built in 13 th century. The shrine is built in the memory of the great Baba Reshi, a sage who dedicated his life to meditation and spiritualism. The Shrine welcomes any one from the entire world. Shrine of Baba Reshi acts as an absolutely wonderful worship place, treating every visitor equally despite their religion.

Situated in the district of Baramulla, though the divine shrine can be visited the whole year, visiting it in EID can give a memorable experience as this festival is celebrated grandly.

Timing: 9 am to 5 pm

Location: 13 kms from Gulmarg

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Saint Mary’s Church

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Saint Mary’s Church comes under the most loved places to visit in Gulmarg in December. This historic construction, aging more than 100 years, still stands strong even in the adverse climatic conditions. Saint Mary’s church gives a pure vintage British style atmosphere especially in the winters. You can capture some of the mesmerizing pictures for your travel journal or create a memory of your nature trip to Gulmarg.

Visiting this place located in the middle of the alpine trees, the dazzling mountains and the snow white landscape is almost like a dream come true to many of the visitors. This age-old provides you with an awe-inspiring Victorian style of construction giving you the feel of visiting a European country.

Location: just beside the Golf Court , Gulmarg

Timings: 10 am to 5pm

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Rani Temple

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Also known as the Mohinishwar Shivalaya, the Rani Temple is a famous spiritual spot in the whole Gulmarg area. This temple was built back in 1915 by Maharaja Hari singh and his wife Rani Mohini Bai. The name Rani Temple also takes inspiration from the great Rani Mohini Bai. As this Shivalaya is located at an elevated area you can see it from anywhere around the town of Gulmarg.

The powerful ambience from lord Shiva gives you a spiritual high that you get chills when you visit this place.

Location: Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir

Timing: 6:00 am to 9:00 pm

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Drung Waterfall

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The Drung Waterfall is a bewitching sight to see in Gulmarg. Lately, this waterfall has been attracting a lot of tourists with its marvelous beauty originating from the humongous glaciers from the nearby mountains. Considered as an underrated and off beat location, the Drung Waterfall is a place any traveler must visit at least once.

The ambience of the gushing waterfalls is just becoming famous as these crystal white falls have been discovered recently. The hanging icicles tempt you to capture the images to save into your collection to look back forever. This dreamy spot is not  frequently visited by many people so there won’t be much of a crowd here.

Timings: Can be visited at any time.

Location: 10 kms away from Tangmarg, Jammu Kashmir

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People Also Ask About Gulmarg

  1. Which are the popular attractions available in Gulmarg in December?

    1. Gulmarg Gondola: The largest and one of the highest cable cars in the world, Gulmarg Gondola covers a long distance of 5 kms from Gulmarg to Mount Apharwat. Located at an approximate height of 4000 meters, the Gulmarg Gondola is a very sought-after place to visit in Gulmarg in December.

    2. Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve: Home to some of the endangered and rare animals like musk deer, Red fox, black bear and jungle crow the Gulmarg Biosphere is among the most visited places in Gulmarg.

    3. Children’s parks, Gulmarg: With just a 20 rupees entry pass you can view the spectacular green lands of this incredible park residing between the water bodies and the mountains in extraordinary climatic conditions. This is the place for you if you are a person who likes playing around. The Children’s park also has several ridea to offer like the pony ride and the buggy ride.

    4. Skiing: Gulmarg is popularly known for skiing and trekking. With several guides readily available to train you the basics, everyone from the children to adults love to ski in this location. Gulmarg faces a gentle snowfall throughout the year making it the best spot for skiing as well.

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  2. What are the best outdoor activities to do in Gulmarg in December?

    1. Golfing: Considered the highest 18-hole golf course in the world, golfing in the Gulmarg Golf Course is an excellent out activity to do for some extra fun in your travel to Gulmarg

    2. Trekking: There are limitless activities to do in Gulmarg, trekking is one of the most famous and adventurous ones among all of them. Climbing snow-capped mountains like the Apharwat Mountain and the Khilanmarg can be very exciting if you are a fit person

    3. Fishing: As many of the people go trekking or skiing, fishing will be a little crowd-free outdoor activity to do in Gulmarg. The abundance of lakes and rivers in Gulmarg makes it easier for you to go for a casual fishing trip and enjoy nature.
  3. Why is Gulmarg famous?

    Observed as the ‘Heartland of winter sports’ in India, Gulmarg is famous for the wide range of options available for the winter activities to do in this area. With a lot of places to visit Gulmarg in December and other months of Winter, this beautiful town has many spectacular views and sights any traveler can ask for. Many  people also call this ‘The Indian Swiss’, as this gorgeous mountain valleys are filled with both eye-catching green meadows and the snow filled mountain ranges.

    Whether one wants to trek, ski, go for a cable car ride or visit some old places like the Rani temple or the shrine of Baba Reshu, the Gulmarg is a go to spot for everyone.
  4. What is the best time to visit Gulmarg?

    From December to February, exactly when the peak winter starts to hit, is the best time to visit Gulmarg. This will be the best time to play around with snow balls or trek the beautiful mountains in the chilled weather.
  5. Does Gulmarg have snow in December?

    Yes! December and January is the time of the year when there will be a good deal of snowfall in Gulmarg. At this time of the year the lakes in Gulmarg also get freezed and can be visited to view that remarkable sight.
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01 January 2020
Kiran Kakkar Shaw Inn Gulmarg
Excellent resort in the lap of snow capped mountains with top class view and hospitality. The resort has a game room and offers tasty food. Shaw Inn Gulmarg is a perfect spot for skiers and sightseeing. We have done all the activities over there. Loved our stay at this resort with cozy rooms. Thank you to Thrillophilia for not only providing discount on stays but also on various activities.
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Aatmaja Arora Shaw Inn Gulmarg
We stayed here for 2 days and we had a fantastic time. The staff was extremely courteous and accommodating The resort also has number of indoor and outdoor activities to pick from as well. We had a very pleasant stay at Shaw Inn and would plan to visit again in future.

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