Gulmarg was known as “Gaurimarg” by shepherds long back in time. It was Sultan Yusuf Shah who gave it its present name, Gulmarg, in the 16th century, no doubt inspired by the grassy slopes carpeted with a variety of wild flowers. Emperor Jahangir was also drawn towards its mesmeric beauty, and is known to have once collected almost 21 flowers from this place. For tourists, Gulmarg exists as a place far away from the unending commotion and madness surrounding our everyday lives. This, apart from its natural beauty, is what makes it a highly sought after tourist destination.
The road to Gulmarg is also as exciting as the destination itself. Dotted with picturesque villages standing next to vast expanses of rice fields, the visitor is greeted with some wonderful sights. The colors of the different seasons are perfectly reflected in its landscape. En-route to Gulmarg lies a famous viewpoint known as View Point. At View Point, stop your vehicles for some time and admire the spectacle of snowcapped peaks that meet your eyes.
For nature lovers, Gulmarg is the ultimate destination for nature lovers. The best places for admiring the beauty of nature include Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, Strawberry Field and Apharwat Peak, besides others. A completely fascinating sight awaits you at Alpather Lake, which also makes for brilliantly photography. Of course, no visitor can come to Gulmarg without enjoying a gondola ride or visiting the Gulmarg Golf Course, the highest of its kind in India.