The snow covered valley of gulmarg is a piece of heaven in winters and summers alike, during cold winters it receives the highest snow fall as it is located high up in the mountains. This heavy down-pouring of soft fleecy snow close’s all roads leading to gulmarg then it takes a day to make a way for vehicles to reach to this snow abode. Gulmarg is mostly visited by foreign tourists in winters and in summers it is packed with Indian tourists who come to enjoy the weather and cool air of kashmir. this place remains moderately cool throughout the summers. Compared to pahalgam and other valleys. gulmarg being a small place but it has many things to offer to tourists and locals alike.
Snow skiing is very popular here. People come from across the globe to enjoy in the snow here. the cold winter air blows the powdery snow from trees and the hard frozen sheet of ice on ground makes walking difficult for horses and men. Tourists get overjoyed on seeing snow on first time. watching snowfall is a dream for many people and it can be lot of fun it brings happiness and warmth to everyone be it adult or children. lots of people come for their honeymoon in Kashmir they enjoy the snow falls and play in snow.
on the eve of Christmas there is a good flow of tourists in hotels, they decorate a Christmas trees and Santa comes to distribute gifts to children. in the month of January the jammu & kashmir tourism department organizes a snow festival for 2 to 3 days at gulmarg. This festival is aimed to attract more tourists to this snowland. different cultural programs and traditional music of kashmir are showcased in this festival. sports activities like cross country skiing. ice hockey and snow skiing races are also performed with lots of gusto. the whole gulmarg comes alive with these celebrations, besides tourists the locals also take active part in this festival. At the end of festival awards are being distributed to the best performers and sportsmen who take active part in these games. In the recent years the gulmarg gondola has attracted so many people it is the longest rope way in the world. from the 2nd phase of gondola one can see splendid views of the chain of white mountains standing as a saw tooth against the blue sky.