Things to do in Gulmarg
Although Gulmarg is a famous tourist attraction, it is like the rest of Jammu and Kashmir quite rural. Most of Kashmir has a strict traditional way of life and although the locals are used to strangers and foreigners, it is a good idea to keep the local culture in mind while dressing and moving around. It can be said that the traditional dresses of the men and women along with their lifestyle is one thing you can enjoy in Gulmarg. Then again the mountain ranges and the valley itself provides a lot of things and activities of interest to the avid tourist.
Gondola ride to Khilanmarg: Gulmarg Gondola is the second highest operating cable car in the world, operating since 2008 when the Merida cable car in Venezuela closed down. It can be said that if you visit Gulmarg then a Gondola ride is an absolute must. You can get a breathtaking view of the beauty of the Gulmarg valley while you ride in a cable car. The Gulmarg Gondola is built in two stages, where the first stage is mostly used by tourists and the second one is used by skiers. This rope way ferries about 600 people per hour to and from Kongdoori mountain. It is a joint venture between the government of J&K and the French company Pomagalski.
Pony Rides: There are 20000 ponies and horses in Gulmarg and their and their owner's livelihood directly depends on tourists. The road goes up to all the hotels and the gondola station. Apart from being a good deed, it is also a good experience to ride the docile and friendly ponies and horses in Gulmarg. Usually it is the young children who enjoy these rides the most, but even adults can have a good time riding a pony in Gulmarg. At the same, time if you are not spending the night here then it may also be a must to use ponies to move around because this is the agreement between the pony owners association and the taxi owners.
Enjoying the Snow: Although there is an influx of tourists in Gulmarg throughout the year, winter is the right time to visit here if you want to enjoy the snow. The winter season lasts from November to April and during this time you also get the maximum snow. But you have to be lucky so that the snow does not melt before you get there. Playing in the snow is a great experience for both children as well as adults. There are also activities like skiing, snow boarding etc. in the snow and you don't even have to be a professional skier if you want to go skiing in Gulmarg as there are instructors helping you.