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If one were to look for a single event or person to pin Gulmarg's enchantment on, it would perhaps be the stay of the Aurel Stein (November 1862 Octob...

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If one were to look for a single event or person to pin Gulmarg's enchantment on, it would perhaps be the stay of the Aurel Stein (November 1862 October 1943) on these long grassy downs. Stein was an explorer and scholar of repute. He had traveled through much of Central Asia and his discoveries were able to add significantly to the corpus of knowledge of that relatively unknown area and to the study of Buddhism.

In between his travels, Stein, who had seen some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world, would camp for months on end at Gulmarg. He was not alone in his admiration of the beauty of the place and many of the British posted in India would holiday here.

Today's Gulmarg has gone several steps beyond being a temporary home for those few holiday makers and convalescents and this is, arguably, the finest mountain resort in India. The landscape has an unparalleled beauty, it has one of the finest golf courses in India and its ski slopes are considered at par with the best in the world.

The word 'Gulmarg' means 'Meadow of Flowers' and the undulating downs are covered with a variety of wildflowers in late spring and summer. Most of the architecture is unaggressive and blends well with the terrain - and attractive wooden houses predominate with languid curves and easy dips and rises along the inner and outer circular roads that encircle Gulmarg.

A walk right round the outer one, at an easy pace, will take a couple of hours.

Gulmarg rests on an edge of the Pir Panjal mountains. Clearly visible is the western marker of the Himalaya mountains, the 8,126 meters (660 feet) high Nanga Parbat. Several other peaks also ring the area. The ski club dates back to 1927. A fresh dimension was added when a gondola car became operational the second phase was completed in 2005.

This is able to carry serious skiers almost to the top of the 4,100 meters (451.4 feet) Mount Apharwat from where long runs over varied faces, bowls and ridges have become available on good powder snow.
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