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Khilanmarg in Jammu & Kashmir, India, is a small valley that is about 6 kilometres away from the Gulmarg. The place is filled with lush green meadows, that gets flowers in the spring season, and enigmatic views of the Himalayan mountains and forest cover. The distance between Gulmarg to Khilanmarg is nearly 600 meters and tourists have to walk to this mini beautiful valley as there is no other way to reach here. 

History of Khilanmarg

Set at 2000 ft above the sea level, Kjilanmarg valley is a popular tourist destination in Jammu and Kashmir. This exotic mini valley is visited by most of the tourists who visit Gulmarg. The geographical location of the valley is such that one may witness and capture the sight of Nanga Parbat and the twin peaks Nun and Kun.  

Top Attractions of Khilanmarg 

Alpather Lake. Situated at a distance of 13 km from Gulmarg, this lake is one of the most amazing tourist destinations to explore. Located at the foot of the Apharwat peaks, this lake stays frozen during the winter times. Ducks walking on the large ice chunks of the lake is a delightful sight that tourists and photographers love to capture through their camera.  

Explore the Exotic Gulmarg. This place is located quite nearby Khilanmarg. It is like there is a boon of nature associated with Khilanmarg. Heavy snowfall during the winter season attracts tourists from across the globe to this place in Jammu and Kashmir. The scenic views of this place are quite magnificent and its snow-capped mountains are apt for skiing. 

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Visit the Surreal Mountain Stream Ferozpur Nallah. The Ferozpur Nallah is quite an interesting travel destination to visit along with your loved ones. The place is basically a mountain stream flowing amid green meadows. The panoramic view of this place is out and out quite exquisite and locals arrive here for picnics and romantic getaways. Moreover, what is worth knowing about this place is the fact that this Nallah is quite known for trout fishing, owing to which it attracts a great number of tourists and local people alike. 

Things to Do in Khilanmarg

Ride Gondola Cable Car. The Gulmarg Gondola is considered as one of the main tourist attractions of Gulmarg. An interesting fact worth knowing about it is that it is the second-highest cable car all across the world. It covers a distance of nearly 5 km and terminates at the Apharwat top.  

Enjoy Skiing. Skiing along with snowboarding are two of the main activities which people generally enjoy in Khilanmarg and Gulmarg. There is no doubt that Gulmarg is quite a popular skiing spot located in India. Furthermore, there are many ski resorts serving various kinds of facilities to the tourists. 

Visit Shrine of Baba Reshi. Built-in the 13th century, this shrine belongs to a well-known Muslim saint who was known as Baba Payam-Uddin. Locals claim that the saint passed away in this very place during the year 1480. 

Best Time to Visit Khilanmarg

Any time of the year is suitable to visit Khilanmarg, The best time, however, to visit Khilanmarg is during the winter season between November and February as one may indulge in adventure and snow sports such as trekking, skiing, and more during this time. If adventure sports are not your cup of tea, then visiting Khilanmarg between June and September is great as the climate is pleasant for exploring the place and sightseeing.  

How to Reach Khilanmarg? 

By Road. Road travel gives you the opportunity to take the local roads, take breaks at the roadside villages and farms and admire the beauty of the place and interact with locals. To travel to Khilanmarg by roadways one has two options: one may either take the tourist bus to the place or may take the personal car/bike to reach Gulmarg because it’s the nearest you can reach to Khlianmarg by road. From Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru one has to cover nearly 850, 2200, 2300 and 3000km respectively.  

By Rail. Baramulla railway station is the nearest station to reach Khilanmarg. From the station, one has to cover another 30km to reach this exotic mini valley that one can cover via taxi or a bus. Trains from all the metro cities of India arrive at Baramulla train station, hence making reservations and finding trains from and to Khilanmarg will not be a problem.     

By Air. Srinagar airport is the nearest airport to reach Khilanmarg. The airport is approximately 60km away and one may cover this distance by a taxi or a bus. Srinagar airport receives flights from all parts of the country such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Bengaluru, Pune, etc. There is no direct road connectivity to Khilanmarg hence one has to reach Gulmarg first and then walk to Khilanmarg. 

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