Gondola Ride In Kashmir
About Gulmarg Gondola
Asia's largest and highest and world’s second-largest and second highest cable car project, Gulmarg Gondola is the top attraction in Gulmarg. In fact, a Gulmarg tour without a ride on the popular cable car is considered incomplete. This must-do activity in Gulmarg is perfect for family vacationers, romantic couples as well as adventurers seeking to get to the top the mountain for the best skiing experience (in winter). The scenic views of mountains and valley during the cable car ride are also unforgettable and unmatched. The gondola can ferry 6 people at a time and 600 people per hour.
Gondola Cable Car Riding Levels
The cable car ride takes place in two levels/stages.
Phase I: from the Gulmarg resort to Kongdori Station (2600 m) in the bowl-shaped Kongdori Valley which takes 9 minutes to reach.
Phase II: from Kongdori Station to Kongdori Mountain (3747 m), the shoulder of Apharwat Peak which takes 12 minutes
In the third phase of Gulmarg Gondola project, 90 chairlifts were installed in 2011. The chairlift connects Kongdori to Mary Shoulder where many skiing events take place. It takes 11 minutes for the chairlift to go from one point to the other.
Brief History of Gulmarg Gondola Cable Car
The cable car project is a joint venture of the Jammu and Kashmir government and French firm Pomagalski. The first phase of the ropeway was completed in 1998 and the second phase with 36 cabins and 18 towers was completed in a record time of two years and it opened for the public from 28 May 2005.
Other Important Travel Information
Entry Fee: The price is INR 700 (11 US$) for the first stage and INR 900 (15 US$) for the second stage. The Chairlift price is INR 300.
Opening and Closing Time: The timing of the Gulmarg Gondola is from 10 AM to 5 PM. However, the timings are dependent on the weather condition.
Best Season Gulmarg Gondola: The winter season is the best time to enjoy the ride on Gulmarg Gondola due to the most amazing skiing opportunity. However, the cable car ride is available all through the year.
Time Required: The Gulmarg Gondola ride can take up to 1-2 hours depending on the rush and the season
Best Travel Tips for Visiting Gulmarg Gondola
Book tickets for Gulmarg Gondola online to avoid the hassle of standing in a queue and the unavailability of slots.
The boarding pass for Gulmarg Gondola is valid for 3 hours from the time it is handed over to you. However, if you are given the pass at 3 PM, it will be valid for 2 hours, since the cable car ride closes at 5:00PM.
How to Reach Gulmarg Gondola?
The starting point of Gulmarg Gondola is situated 20 minutes away from Gulmarg. Taxis are readily available, however, you can also reach by walking.