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At an altitude of 2730 meters above sea level and at a distance of 56 kms., from Srinagar City. A huge cup shaped meadow, lush and green, with slopes where the silence is broken only by the tinkle of cow bells, Gulmarg looks like a fantasy set in a film and not surprisingly has been he venue of numerous Indian films.

All around are snow capped mountains and on a clear day you can see all the way to Nanga Parbat in one direction and Srinagar on the other. From Gulmarg a pony track as well as a modern Gondola Cable Car leads upwards to Khilanmarg, Kongdori and Apharwat - the peak which looms upfrom this point is Alpather Lake a picturesque alpine lake, frozen till late June. For horse riding aficionados, AlpatherLake makes an existing day’s excursion starting early morning and returning late evening.

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