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Skiing in Gulmarg

Trip Highlights

Mercury Himalayan Explorations is India’s leading adventure travel company, and two times winner of the National Tourism Award (2004 and 2005).

Keeping alive our passion for skiing and snowboarding we promote the best ski destinations in the Indian Himalaya. Today Gulmarg is rated to be among the top ski destinations in the world. With its famous gondola (the highest in the world), mile after mile of fresh powder snow, and fantastic beginner slopes, easy access and modern, heated accommodation, Gulmarg enjoys a unique place in the annals of Skiing history.

Due to its magnificent slopes, Gulmarg is perhaps the only winter resort in the country that attracts professional skiers and snow boarders from around the world. Our ski professional ski program provides you with state-of-the-art ski gear and small-group tuition from our team of expert instructors, headed by Canadian and European professionals and backed up with skiers from the Indian winter Olympic team. The standard trip is 5 nights and 6 days with 4 days skiing, although you can always extend this and stay longer to work on your turns.

5 Nights 6 Days with 5 days skiing

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Srinagar, transfer to Gulmarg. Overnight in hotel.

Fly in to Srinagar where we meet you at the airport and transfer to Gulmarg to check into the hotel. At leisure rest of the day as your body will require acclimatization to the cool temperature of Gulmarg. In the evening meet your instructor at the hotel.

Dinner and overnight at hotel Hilltop on twin share basis

Day 2: Full day skiing. Overnight at hotel.

Wake up in the morning and get fitted with skis (or snowboard), sticks etc. Today after a hearty breakfast we hit the slopes for the first day’s ski lessons. You will be assigned an instructor (1 instructor for every 4 learners) depending on your ability. Beginners will spend the day on the beginner’s slopes learning basic “snow plough” technique; while more experienced skiers will be provided with mountain guides to hit the higher fresh powder slopes.

Dinner and overnight at hotel Hilltop on twin share basis

Day 3: Full day’s skiing. Overnight at hotel.

Today is another full day’s skiing with our instructors where you get to build on the skills learnt the previous day. Experienced skiers can explore more of the mountain runs and experience some off-piste powder with our mountain guides.

Dinner and overnight at hotel Hilltop on twin share basis

Day 4: Full day’s skiing. Overnight at hotel.

Today again we practice the lessons and slowly move to the higher slopes to take the fear out us. The day will be full of excitement as we reach a new high and excitement within ourselves.

Dinner and overnight at hotel Hilltop on twin share basis

Day 5: Full day’s skiing – drive Srinagar.

After breakfast move out for the final day of skiing. For fast-learning beginners you would be able to graduate to the higher slopes from the first phase of the gondola. Later in the afternoon at around 1500 hrs we return the gears and drive to Srinagar.

Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel Walisons on twin share basis.

Day 06: Srinagar

An early morning wake up call followed by a cozy Shikara ride to the famous floating vegetable market of Dal Lake. We will slowly float and sip our tea as we move through the early morning hustle of loud bargaining and deals being closed before the locals disperse with their daily grocery shopping.

Return to the hotel for breakfast. Post breakfast, pack your belongings and get ready to be transferred to the airport for your homeward journey.

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