Skiing
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Brief

The northernmost point of India consists of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Beautiful, enthralling and mountainous, the place is known worldwide for how scenic it is. However, few know of the potential of adventure sports that this place holds. Skiing is one of the most common adventure sports in the world. And Jammu and Kashmir offers the conditions for some quality skiing. Due to its Himalayan location, Jammu and Kashmir gets its fair share of snow, and its slopes are just the right kind for those who love reveling in some adrenaline rush.

 
Travel Tips

The best time to go visit either of these places would be during the winter months. This is when the snowfall will be at its best, and the snow will create the ideal conditions for some quality skiing time. December-March are the peak months to go visit Gulmarg and Pahalgam.



When to visit

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sprinkles Very Cold
  • 8.7° Max
  • 2.2° Min
  • 3.0 mm
  • Carry Heavy woollen
 
Route/ Place

In the state of Jammu and Kashmir, there are two main locations where Skiing is considered to be a wonderful experience. Pahalgam in the Anantnag district is one of these two places. This is a small town located in the state, which gets a steady stream of snowfall during the winters, thereby making the location perfect for skiers. One of the best locales in the western Himalayas, the slopes here are ideal for a range of skiing capabilities. From beginners to experts, everyone is bound to find the right place to skid down the snowy slopes in this small town. If you want to combine your skiing experience with other fun and adventurous activities, you can also indulge in some trekking over here. During the summers, people enjoy sledging on the glaciers in Chandanwari.

Gulmarg is the other famous destination for skiing in Jammu and Kashmir. Almost always considered to be the epicenter of winter sports in the country and the subcontinent, it is considered to be one of the best skiing destinations not just countrywide, but also in the whole of Asia. There are a range of skiing forms you can take up over here. Another added attraction here is the highest cable car in the whole world, known as the Gulmarg Gondola. It would be a thrilling experience to jump off the cable car and land in the snow, and then slide down the soft slopes..

Both these town are recognized for their skiing potential and their immense scenic beauty. It would be an unforgettable experience to ski past beautiful, mountainous scenery, alpine forests and the fresh, winter wind whipping past your face. Both these places have many institutes and training places which will help you pick up this sport better. Jawaharlal Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports in Pahalgam is one such reliable institution which will help you get some quality skiing done. This is a well-established place where they have short courses on skiing, and they have well-trained experts who will help you with the basics. For those who take their skiing seriously, there are also a few advance courses you can opt for.

The Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering in Gulmarg is another well-established institution which has quite a few courses on skiing, which vary according to levels of expertise and the amount of time you want to spend on this sport. They have 15-day ski courses and they provide all the equipment required for the course. This course happens all year round and it would be advisable to write ahead of time and apply for the course if you plan on going to Gulmarg during peak tourist season.

Both these institutes are very reliable, and apart from these, there are smaller training centers near the slopes itself. Both these towns take their adventure sports very seriously, so getting a trainer or finding a place for the equipment will not be hard at all.

 
Equipments

There are certain kinds of equipment you will need while skiing. You can either hire them from the institutes itself, or invest in these equipments for long-terms skiing plans. Ski boots, a helmet and ski goggles are usually things which people carry with themselves,along with appropriate thermal wear.

You may also carry your own skis as well as the ski poles if you want, and sunglasses too, are an important part of the attire.

 
Places to Stay

High-Range:

Grand Mumtaz Resorts have branches in both Pahalgam and Gulmarg. This is a luxurious resort with all the basic amenities in place, plus spacious rooms and a number of added facilities. They also provide for skiing trainers for those interested in some adventure. The room rates begin from 10,000 INR and go on up to 16,500 INR.

Mid-Range:

Hotel Lidder Palace in Pahalgam is a good, affordable option. Room rates here begin from 2,100 INR per night. Hotel Poshwan is a good option in Gulmarg and is quite affordable too. This place also offers spectacular scenic views, and the room rates begin from 3,600 INR.

Low-Range:

Hotel Volga in Pahalgam is a budget option for those who do not want to spend too much on accommodation. Room rates start from 900 INR. Hotel Zam Zam is one affordable, budget option in Gulmarg. The room rates here start from 2,500 INR.

 
How to Reach

  • The airport at Srinagar is the closest to Gulmarg. The distance between the two is 56 kilometers and the rest of the journey needs to be covered by road. The airport at Srinagar is 95 kilometers away. There are taxis and buses to cover the rest of the journey.
  • Jammu Railway Station is the closest to Gulmarg. Taxis at the station can take you to the small town easily, and are available in abundance. Jammu Railway station is 255 kilometers from Pahalgam. Buses and taxis ply to the town from here onwards.
  • NH 1A is located close to Gulmarg, which leads to the town being well connected to the rest of the state. Cars ply Delhi to Srinagar, where you can get off and take a bus or a taxi to Gulmarg. Pahalgam is well connected to the whole of Jammu and Kashmir by road. You can take a bus to Srinagar from Delhi, and then take another means of transport to Pahalgam for some quality skiing time.

 
Surrounding Attractions

Jammu and Kashmir is full of small towns and villages which are as scenic as the other. There are a few spectacular lakes and glaciers here too. A short trip around Pahalgam or Gulmarg will reveal unexpected amounts of beauty to the beholder.

 
Important Numbers

Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering (Gulmarg) : 0194-2458627

Jawaharlal Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports (Pahalgam) : 01936-243002