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Gondola Ride in Gulmarg

One of Asia`s highest as well as longest cable car plans

Tourism in Gulmarg

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About Gondola Ride in Gulmarg

Background history says that the work on the Gulmarg Gondola Project was started by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir in 1987. The whole Gondola ride has two phases: Phases I and II namely from Gulmarg to Kongdoori and Kongdoori to Apharwat Peak respectively. The time taken to complete the first phase is around 10 minutes and the second one gets done in about 12 minutes. The second phase of the gondola ride project was finished really fast. In about two years, the project was done and operational from May 28, 2005. The Gondola system makes use of 19 towers for the operation running between Gulmarg and Kongdoor stretch. This phase is capable of handling 1,500 people at its outer limit on an hourly basis. The second stretch or phase II that goes from Kongdoor to Apharwat, makes use of 18 towers and is capable of handling 600 people per hour.

The Gulmarg Gondola rides serve two purpose: transportation as well as leisurely entertainment. The entire cable car ride high above is extremely scenic and hence enjoyable. Another phase of Gondola ride can also be enjoyed by adventure seekers i.e., from Kongdoori to Marry Shoulder (a popular skiing destination).

Imagine being thousands of feet above the ground and hanging in a cable car with snowcapped mountains right in front of your eyes! This enthralling experience is what the Gondola rides provide tourists. So, this sure cannot be missed from your travel itinerary. Once riding on the Gondola you will get to see a bird’s-eye view of the whole mountainous area. The two phases of the cable car rides cover around 5 kms of total distance.

The two phases of the gondola ride transports around 600 people on an hourly basis, to and from Kongdoori Mountain (which is a part of the Afarwat Peak). The operational timings of the gondola ride is officially 10 AM to 5 PM but it also depends on the weather conditions in both the phases.

During the Gondola ride, you get ample opportunity to take in the beauty of Gulmarg. The weather being always nice and cold there, the Gondola ride is a popular tourist place. If you are looking to reach the summit of the mighty Apharwat peak, this is the only way you can go there. There is no delay in changing the Gondolas between the two phases. The whole transportation system here is managed very smoothly. However, in unlike weather conditions, the operation has to be closed at many occasions. So, make sure you enquire properly before you go, especially in winters that’s harsh in this region.

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    Karthikakv

    Bengaluru

    Karthikakv's 6 days trip to Gulmarg

    It was an amazing trip of 6 days albeit a few hiccups here and there. It was well arranged, we were thankful to get a decent driver and the overall planning of the trip was good. The best of the trip was the visit to Sonamarg and the stay in the Houseboat. We had to settle for an average room in Pah
    algam although we were promised a good accommodation partly due to the rush of tourists and partly due to miscommunication between the agents and the hotel. Thank you Travel Talha for the wonderful experience overall.
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    Shubham Gupta

    Shubham's 5 days trip to Gulmarg

    Sikara ride and houseboat were awesome Sikara ride and houseboat were awesome
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    Vinayak Kathare

    Hyderabad

    Vinayak's 7 days trip to Gulmarg

    We booked Kashmir tour through Burooj travels. They had organized it pretty well and special mention of our guide/driver Wasim who accompanied us through out. He is very professional and well spoken. I request Burooj travels though to let the tourist know about local site seeing which can not be don
    e with their vehicle. Also request to tourists is to plan the journey minimum 6 weeks ahead otherwise you will have to compromise on the hotels.
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    Mekakkarextra

    Kashmir

    Mekakkarextra's 6 days trip to Gulmarg

    Deeply disappointed with the way the trip was planned. Innova was decided but Tavera was given. We werent informed by travel agent to book online for Gandola. We trust you guys to provide us with appropriate information. The whole reason for booking with tour agent is lost here.During one of the ho
    tel check in rooms weren't booked for 5 people.We had to spend like two hours to get the issue sorted. Pahalgam hotel was seriously not as expected. The whole experience with the travel agent was dissatisfaction as it was not what was promised. Our cab driver was good but our experience with hotels and stay and itinerary completely dissatisfaction. I will never recommend anyone to this agent. Sorry to say this but that's how disappointed am with your service. Kashmir is beautiful and has its own story to tell.All our best memories
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    Satish Vemulakonda

    Hyderabad

    Satish's 7 days trip to Gulmarg

    Overall my trip was really awesome. Talha travels team was approchble through out my trip. Especially when I was having issues with hotel in Pahalgam, they immediately changed the hotel. Only suggestion I have is improve the coordination on transportation because that's the on area I was facing litt
    le issues. Otherwise Talha Travels made my trip really really memorable. Specials thanks to Talha & Sheeba for continuous assistance. Great Job
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    Jainendran Gopalapillai

    New delhi

    Jainendran's 6 days trip to Gulmarg

    Really well planned trip All together the planning and execution was great
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    Kushang Goyal

    Ahmedabad

    Kushang's 5 days trip to Gulmarg

    1. On arrival :- Cab service provider sent driver with some other passenger name and that wasted our time in searching the driver. 2. Hotel mehtab palace:- A. we were given room which was totally different from the one confirmed by our travel agent Ms. Jaisya from travel talha. B. Then we had to c
    all and ask them to change the room which spoilt our mood and wastage of time & energy. C. In entire hotel some bad smell was coming D. New alloted room was good. E. Food was average. 3. Houseboat anarkali A. Similar problem here room was different. B. We booked 2 days stay here and travel talha confirmed the same but only 1 day stay was booked. Next day we had to again pack the bag and shift to another houseboat. I had to call the travel talha agent Ms.sheeba so many times . Discomfort & very poor experience during stay. 1. Shikara ride 2. Sonmarg sledging activity 3. Gulmarg cable car and motor bike activity 4. River rafting in pahalgam
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    Nakul Asawale

    Mumbai

    Nakul's 5 days trip to Gulmarg

    Good service. Value for money. Cheaper as compared to other agencies. One suggestion, the guests must be guided properly about the itinerary to avoid waste of time and money.
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    Nayanpatel

    Ahmedabad

    Nayanpatel's 5 days trip to Gulmarg

    Hopeless service available at travel triangle. Hotel accomodation was third class. Hotel given at Srinagar Al Azra was really third category hotel with testless food. Dont recommend to book your tour with travel triangle. Executive chandani sharma did not attend my phpne or even did not care to rev
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    Archana Kero

    Archana's 4 days trip to Gulmarg

    First day program of sightseeing was totally ruined as pickup driver took almost three hours in locating the hotel for check-in and he brought 10 seater cab for 2 people not in a good condition.

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    What is the Gondola Ride?

    The popular gondola ride of Gulmarg is a cable car that takes you from Gulmarg to Kungdoori in phase 1, and then from Kungdoori to Apparwath in Phase 2.

    How high does the gondola take a person?

    The first phase takes people to the height of 8530 ft to Kongdori Station, whereas the second stage of the Gondola goes up to the height of 12293 ft.

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