Alpather Lake in Gulmarg
A lake that looks just out of a picture postcard
Rated 4.37/5 ( based on 1933 reviews )
Best time to visit
Apr - Jun
2 - 3 Days
About Alpather Lake in Gulmarg
Sandwiched between mighty mountains and lush green meadows covered with wildflowers, the Alpather Lake located in Gulmarg is spellbinding. This lake stays frozen until most part of the year. Even if you visit in mid-June, you will get to see the frozen version of Alpather lake. Summertime lasts from May to September and this is when you can get to see the clear blue water of the lake. The white icebergs that float here and there adorn the lake during the greater part of the calendar year.
The backdrop of the lake is what makes this place special to any other lake. The lake is located 13 km away from the main Gulmarg town. The picturesque location attracts locals and tourists alike and is one of the favorite picnic spots around Gulmarg in good weather.
Frozen or fluid, the Alpather Lake in Gulmarg has towering mountains that are always snow-capped and can be the best background for photographic captures for tourist groups. You can click pictures all day and still not get enough of this location. Imagine a snow-covered field with a little sneak peek of green here and there, this best describes the picture here in the winter season. For people who have never seen much snow, this frozen lake will take their breath away.
What to Do in Alpather Lake?
Alpather Lake Trek: One of the most famous things to do near Alpather Lake in Gulmarg is trekking. The trek is around 14 kilometers and goes through steep terrains. This trek is not recommended for beginners owning to its difficulty level. So, if you are planning to take this trek to keep in mind a few points such as:
Undertake the trek with the help of a guide.
Start the trek early in the day.
Carry basic things like a water bottle, snacks, biscuits, and first-aid boxes.
Ice Skating: If you carry your skating gear along, you can make the most of the frozen lake in winters. The crystal clear layer of ice of the Alpather Lake in Gulmarg serves as a good ice skating ground. Skating with a beautiful view will make for a memorable vacation. For beginners, what better than learning ice skating in open nature with magnificent surroundings?! Just keep a helping hand or a helping shoulder at hand, and experience the joy of skating on the Alpather lake in Gulmarg. Other snow activities also take place in Alpather Lake.
This place is a must-visit in the Gulmarg tourist itinerary and you should dedicate a couple of hours to this spot just to experience the serenity and calmness of nature here. Unwind, relax and let your eyes capture every moment that you spend in this spot. Every hill station usually has a lake but this one here needs a special shout out!
Not too far from Gulmarg, Alpather Lake can be easily squeezed in your sight-seeing plan when you set out to explore Gulmarg. Every local knows this place and getting there is no challenge. Most people visit Gulmarg to experience the snowy side of it and this is best done in the winter season. After all, you do not get to walk on frozen lakes every day right?
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Mrunal's 6 days trip to GulmargOverall experience was not very satisfied. Trip was not well planned, driver was not aware about our itinerary. Every time I had to follow up with Rabiya for sight scenes. Driver provided by agency had no knowledge about places in Kashmir. In Gulmarg, driver just dropped us to hotel and went to his hometown. We stayed in Gulmarg for 2 nights, I had to pay for cabs and hired guide for Gulmarg sight-seen due driver unavailability. Only good part was Rabiya provided Hotels and rooms as promised and reachable all over the trip. All hotels were good except Grand mumtaz Gulmarg.
Prashant's 6 days trip to GulmargOne of the best trips I've ever had. Everything was on point starting from the airport arrival to departure. Nadia from classic holidays was constantly following up with me on everyday basis. Our driver Adil bhai was on of the best person I've ever met. He showed me entire Kashmir, also guided me on everything. Hilal bhai our tour guide for gulmarg did everything possible to make my trip memorable. Overall it was an amazing experience. Would definitely recommend. Gulmarg was heaven on earth. stayed there for couple of nights. The entire trip was amazing. Thank you Nadia, Adil, Hilal bhai and entire crew of Classic Holidays.
Syedsadan's 4 days trip to GulmargI have to pay everywhere like from tangmarg to Gulmarg I have to pay to other taxi, in the name of candle light dinner they give us simple dinner with simple food. Very much disappointed. I told travel agent that I will give u bad rating but they don't need good ratings. Not happy with this trip.
Satish's 7 days trip to GulmargThanks to Travel Triangle and Henat from Kashmir Boulevard Tour Travels for the awesome Kashmir trip. Our driver Aadil was very good and co-operative and helped us a lot during our trip
Shivam's 6 days trip to GulmargWe booked from Rizz and they really planned well. Hotels were good at good locations and also the transport provided was good. Would thank Sana from Rizz for constantly being in touch and providing us the tour for a competitive price and Mr Fayaz, our driver, for guiding us well throughout.
Milind's 8 days trip to GulmargKashmir is the beauty we fell in love with. There is no doubt about that. Let's review the arrangements. Driver: Our driver Muzzaffar uncle was an awesome guy. Though he took us to showrooms where we bought things a tad higher but he was knowledgeable, polite, and helping. Overall he was good. Hotels: 1. Golden Tulip (Srinagar): A good hotel in terms of infrastructure and food. 2. Royal Park(Gulmarg): Though the location is fantastic. The infrastructure was pathetic. My wife almost got burnt due to a leakage of hot water in their bathrooms. Staff behavior was excellent. If they fix their infrastructure it would be the best hotel. 3. Pahalgam Retreat(Pahalgam): Worst hotel. They served a half-cooked chicken because they were busy preparing for dinner. I would request TRAVEL HOME to stop dealing with them. They told us to manage because they are in the mountains. But at the same time, they mentioned their amenities like any other hotel. JUST STOP DEALING WITH THEM. They will reduce your reputation. A piece of advice: Don't listen to everything your driver says. While our driver was right most of the time. He made us get guides and ponys when it was not needed. Overall he was good. This is not a complaint against him. Most of the drivers will do such things. The travel home team was nice and responsive. Check-ins and checkouts were hassle-free. Just stop dealing with Pahalgam retreat and check the hotel infrastructure which you deal with.
Deepak's 5 days trip to GulmargWe had an awesome trip to kashmir, houseboat stay was the best and the food was delicious. Expecting proper lunch services in houseboat soon. Gulmarg was amazing, had lots of fun Sledge ride in Gulmarg. Shikara ride in the cold evening. Pahalgam horse ride.
Sush's 5 days trip to GulmargIt was a well planned trip of J & K, customized as per our requirements, was a nice experience.
Pruthvi's 6 days trip to GulmargThank you zippgo and aarooj for arranging a wonderful and memorable trip in gulmarg, srinagar . We had a blast, fun filled vacation where we did all possible activities like skiing, ATV ride, snow mobile, cable car, sledge ride, horse ride and lots and lots of fun in snow. A big thanks to Rafiq bhai for taking good care and covering all the places in time.
Sidhart's 8 days trip to GulmargThings that went well: 1) Good support from zippgo travel consultant Arooj. She has really helped me with all my travel queries and issues regarding during my travel whenever asked within quick time. When Pahalgam hotel was pathetic, she was quick to arrange another hotel in Srinagar. 2) Hotel in Gulmarg was perfect. Also the day in Gulmarg. 3) Driver had good driving skills, arranged a good guide for us in Gulmarg. Suggested good places to buy winterwears and dry fruits. Things which did not go well: 1) Srinagar hotel Golden Tulip was not good in terms of service and variety of food (not good options for vegetarians) 2) Driver could have been better in terms of suggesting or helping us in our daily trip itineraries. He was not that informative like local Kashmiri people. In Srinagar he was in a hurry to finish off our sightseeing quickly, especially last day. He didn't even know or acted not knowing that I already had a dal lake shikara complimentary. He was also not made aware enough by zippgo about our last day trip. 3) Hotel in Pahalgam was the worst possible experience. Big fault from zippgo to suggest us this hotel for stay. They should have reviewed this, as there was no proper heating or support staff in green heights pahalgam. Dinner was inedible here. 4) I was charged higher when hotel in Gulmarg was upgraded. But no price was reduced when pahalgam was downgraded from Eden resort 4 star to Green heights (Cannot be rated in stars.) Things which could have been better: 1) Communication gap between driver and zippgo 2) Driver in tourist locations should have an element of being a guide. He should have the energy or enthusiasm to make our trip memorable. For our case, it was just a driver. The day in Gulmarg was mesmerizing. The guide arranged by our driver was perfect. Pony ride was full of adventure in Pahalgam.
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You can walk to the Alpather Lake, but it makes sense to ride a pony since the road is a little run down.
No, there is no ticket required for entering the Alpather Lake premises.
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