Gulmarg is one of Kashmir's prettiest and most visited destinations. And the town's top attraction is its Gondola ride. No point just going upto level one as the views one gets from there are comparable to anywhere in Kashmir. Even if there is snow, it will be mostly be melting, old and brown. But go up to level two, and everything changes. I went in May and even as the cable car took us up between the two levels, we could see the mountains get steeper and the snow become whiter. The mist on the glass, and the fog just added to the excitement. When we finally reached level 2 and stepped out, it was snowing and we were in knee deep snow immediately. All around us we could see only white, and the view from here was fantastic.There are a few guides here offering skiing services and will try to con you into believing that the LOC is just a kilometre away, but that's not true. You can, however see the last Indian army base when you are here.
As a few reviewers have mentioned earlier, once you arrive in the valley, you can either go up to the ticketing gate by horse, or on foot. In the summer, there are hordes of tourists so riding on a pony can be irksome especially because there is hardly any space on the road, and the poor horses keep bumping into each other, or have to stop every other minute. The distance is less, so walking will not be a problem. Hire a pony not because it will be more comfortable, but only if you want to help out the locals. In a state largely ravaged by politics, there are few employment opportunities, and tourism and the associated avenues it opens, is one of the few ways for the locals to earn money.
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