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Reviewed 16 June 2016

The cable car, also known as gondola ride is the obvious highlight in gulmarg as it is the best way to get up the mountains (unless youre a climber)
There are 2 parts, phase 1 and phase 2. Phase 1 is the one thats open year-round and accessible anytime. Here you will find the touristy things to do like snow-ski, sleigh try your hand at skiing. there is a cafe here serves good hot food of different types.
Phase 2 is the highest level in gulmarg, accessible only if weather permits. here there is nothing to do except admire the divinity of pure snow set against the backdrop of severe mountains. in the distance from phase 2 the army barracks are visible in certain weather conditions.

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank Mitesh M
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Reviewed 16 June 2016

You reach the abode of the Gods through the Gondola ride. But I feel sign posting is poor. The local people unecessarily donot allow the vehicle till the entry point of Gondola, in the bargain the pony guys fleece you for a very short distance. Infact it is also a walkable distance but the people around dissuade you and misguide you as to the direction to go. Even though one can buy the ticket online, there is no separate entry fro them, one has to still stand in the long line for boarding pass even though one hasthe ticket in hand.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank rajpro5
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Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

The phase 2 gondola ride is important if one wants to be in snow.But for the second phase phase online ticketing is a must.Also if u r with young kids for collecting the boarding passes for the gondola ride it is essential to take guide.The role of the guide is only to get the passes because otherwise getting the passes is always tough as there will be long questions.Also for the second phase u need to again stand in que.It is recommended to go for the ride early and be back early also otherwise lot of time gets wasted simply standing in que.please understand that at the front of the gondola ticket counter there is total chaos.the only silver lining is that u have separate ladies qque to collect the boarding passes.So if you have ladies members then possibly u can do away with the guide whose charge is 700 rupees for the entire family

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank SudarsanG7
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Reviewed 16 June 2016

Its best to directly move to phase II during the summer tourist season. Phase I is not as clean and extremely slippery. Also, start early - hire a guide for sure - and get your coats in tangmarg (they are better quality)

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank Perfumania2016
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Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

To start with, the management forces people to book their tickets online. The tickets for Phase I are available but for Phase 2 are very often sold out. They are mostly booked by the 'guides' who sell them to you at a premium if provided you hire a guide. The whole system encourages guides to make money.

Also the booking timeslots that one opts for don't make sense because one can never board a gondola in the given timeslots due to the mismanagement of the long queues.

The queues at the gondola station are so badly managed that people are jumping the queue all the time. The 'guides' are hand-in-glove with the management and they make their clients jump the queue saving them over an hour (or two) which other people need to go through.

The maintenence of the gondolas is pathetic. The interiors are shabby and definitely not worth the money one has to shell out for the ride.

Overall, the gondola operators need to get their act together to make it a pleasurable experience for travellers who come from all over.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank tigerprawn100
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