Gulmarg or the meadow of flowers is located about 57 kms south west from Srinagar and is situated at about 8694 feet above sea level. Gulmarg is popular day trip from Srinagar and is surrounded by huge crassy meadow surrounded by fir trees and snow peaks. Gulmarg was discovered by Kashmiri ruler Yusuf Shah Chak during the 15 century. Since the british era, it had been the popular hill resorts, providing softly undulating slopes and fresh mountain air away from population and pollution.
Gulmarg is a small place and one can roam around the city on foot. A walk along the inner and outer ring road reveals the beauty of this place. It has the highest golf course in the world. Affarwat is the highest peak in Gulmarg and is among the popular trek near Gulmarg. Trekking near Gulmarg require army permission. Alpathar is another popular trek near Gulmarg.
The recently built cable car takes you from Gulmarg to Kongdor through Seven springs and Khailanmarg to provide ultimate views of the Srinagar valley.Maharani mandir, St. Mary’s Church, Baba Reshi are some of the other religious places around.
Skiing in Gulmarg has been the focus of tourism here. Its gentle slopes are perfect for first timers, while more advanced have option of slaloming down the gondola car at Kongdor. A number of people provide skiing gear on rent. If you are serious about skiing, you may as well hire an instructor for about USD 10 dollar a day.
This place can be visited throughout the year, but is best during winters whenphoto from flickr user willewonker the skiing season is at its peak. Nearest airport for Gulmarg is Srinagar. One can as well reach Jammu by train or flight and hire vehicle to reach Gulmarg. From Srinagar, Gulmarg is connected via Tangmarg.
Some other places around Gulmarg include Pahalgam on banks of Lidder river, Amarnath Cave, Mamleshwar temple
The Western ghats is full with short and swift flowing rivers. However due to uneven terrain, there are not may river rafting location in Maharashtra. However Kundalika river which lies hardly 100 kms from Mumbai and Pune provides excellent opportunity for river rafting. It is preferred one day weekend getway adventure destination near Mumbai and Pune. River Kundalika is fed by waters released from Mulshi Dam and Bhira dam and provides 9 km rafting location with class 3 and class 4 rapids.
The best time to visit here is the monsoon, when the water levels are good for rafting. However, depending on levels of water, rafting can be done rest of the year as well.
A number of Mumbai and Pune based adventure clubs organize white river rafting camps during monsoon near Kolad. The daily rafting charges are around USD 50-75.
Some of the clubs are:
How to reach Kolad:
Kolad lies on the Mumbai – Goa national highway. It is about 98 kms from Mumbai. The river rafting site is located at Saje village, 97 km west of Pune on the Mulshi-Kholad Road. Mumbai and Pune are the nearest international airports. Kolad or Roha railway station on the Konkan railway is the nearest railway station.
Sight seeing near Kolad