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St. Mary`s Church in Gulmarg

The Saint Mary`s Church of Gulmarg is an ancient architectural beauty

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About St. Mary`s Church in Gulmarg

Every tourist destination has some religious places among the sought-after tourist spots. Religious places are mostly characterized by architectural excellence of our ancestors. This 100 years old church stands sturdy and tall even after so many years.

However, St. Mary’s Church of Gulmarg did receive some renovation and touch-ups in the year 2003. A Christmas mass was also held in this church post a 14 years’ hiatus.

This Victorian architectural beauty is situated near the Golf Course of Gulmarg. To witness the century old architectural wonder, tourists throng this place all year round. Its appearance is similar to one of the small countryside chapels of England. The walls of the Saint Mary`s church are stone grey. The top of the building is a steep green roof that has wooden trimmings. The church looks especially beautiful in the winter season when it is seen in a backdrop of white powdery snow.

Adorning the valley of shepherds of Gulmarg, stands the catholic church of St. Mary`s. At night, it is decorated with colored lightings that makes it look even more pretty. So, if you want to catch the beautiful lightings of the church, drop by this place post sunset.

After military presence was imposed in Gulmarg, the church had stopped functioning altogether. However, there are still a bunch of Christian missionaries and institutions that still stand associated with the St. Mary`s church.

Especially because of its Victorian style of architecture, St. Mary's Church of Gulmarg makes it to the top tourist attractions in Gulmarg. The greenery that surrounds the church with the alpine trees standing guard to it, it makes for a picturesque apot for tourism photography. Not to forget the backdrop of the mighty snow covered mountains. Many old hotels and tiny huts lie in the close vicinity of the Saint Mary`s church. What people like most about this place is that how it takes you back in time when you step inside it.

The visiting hours last from 10:00 am to 05:00 pm.

A lot of photography enthusiasts can be seen hanging around the Saint Mary`s church, Gulmarg to get a memorable shot. If you want a perfect shot with your fellow tourists consisting of your friends and family, this serves as an ideal location. Wild landscape and untouched forests, an ancient church and mountains, this kind of rustic scenery is seldom found in crowded city churches.

Do not expect to be part of any Catholic service here since no such provision is there in St Mary`s church. It is solely a tourist spot now according to the locals unless a priest drops by once in blue moon from the neighboring town. Go there, enjoy the serenity and the architectural magnificence that is soul churning!

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    Satish's 7 days trip to Gulmarg

    Thanks 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

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    Shivam Shinde

    Srinagar

    Shivam's 6 days trip to Gulmarg

    We 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.

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    Milind Pandey

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    Milind's 8 days trip to Gulmarg

    Kashmir 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.

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    Deepak Panwar

    New delhi

    Deepak's 5 days trip to Gulmarg

    We 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.

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    Sush C

    Pune

    Sush's 5 days trip to Gulmarg

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    Pruthvi

    Bangalore

    Pruthvi's 6 days trip to Gulmarg

    Thank 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.

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    Sidhart

    Mumbai

    Sidhart's 8 days trip to Gulmarg

    Things 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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    Mumbai

    Virajhegde's 7 days trip to Gulmarg

    Mr. Meer our tour manager was helpful and kept in touch with us throughout the tour to ensure our well being. Mr Fayaz our cab driver is an amazing person and was more like friend. They ensured that our trip remained memorable.

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    Ravi Thapliyal

    New delhi

    Ravi's 6 days trip to Gulmarg

    Hotels except Sxr n houseboats were worse. Power cutting was their routines. Hotel at Pehalgam was very far and poor road condition. You cannot go out for walking. Hospitality except Sxr were not good. In Gulmarg we have to bring water for drinking from kitchen. Very poor. In pehalgam hotel we forget my wife coat. Despite several requests we have not recd the coat. Even rqstd to Ms Rabia but in vain.

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    Salmashebnum

    Bengaluru

    Salmashebnum's 4 days trip to Gulmarg

    Best experience !! We were taken care by SHAHID SALAM KHAN for the entire trip,which was incredible.. keeping my kids 5years old n 8years old in mind.. the rooms were huge enough with extra bed.. as told,we were given Etios car with ADIL,the guy who drove us round kashmir.. these both guys,made us feel safe and comfortable without any issues.. there was warmth in their hospitality and very kind hearted guys.. who were at peck of a call .. must visit through KASHMIR HOLIDAY PACKAGE only.. worth every penny spent.. It's at chandanvadi, and betaab valley.. where in we have to go though government given vehicles only..

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    The church was constructed during the late 1860s by the British.

    Yes, you can take photographs of the church, as well as inside the church.

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