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Ski India Skiing in India??!! Most people think of India as a hot, dusty and crowded country, where skiing would only be possible in an indoor stadium. However up in the Himalayas in Kashmir, there is an abundance of snow.

Forget Niseko Japan, India is the new "IT" place to go skiing! India will provide you with ski travel stories for the rest of your life that will not require any embellishment!

Gulmarg Ski ResortGulmarg is the most popular Indian ski resort for international skiers and snowboarders. There are a few other India ski resorts such as Solang Valley and Auli, but these are rather primitive relative to Gulmarg.

Gulmarg is a no-frills "ski resort" that provides a huge playground for experienced and fit riders who love powder skiing. Gulmarg is in the state of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) in northwest India at the foot of the Himalayas, 56km from the city of Srinagar. See our Gulmarg review for more information on this intriguing ski destination.

There are various tour companies that offer Gulmarg ski tours however the most reputable operator based on our personal experience knowledge Billy Barker (Bill's Trips).

Heli Skiing India
India heli skiing is emerging as the new trend for powder addicts who are looking for something a bit spicy. Himalayan Heli Adventures are based at Manali and offer week long heli skiing packages, whilst there are also a couple of Gulmarg heli skiing outfits. Heli skiing India offers the amazing combination of phenomenal powder skiing with the unique culture of an India ski holiday.

Why Ski India? India is a fascinating country. The local people will provide hours of people watching entertainment and this goes way beyond their obsession with cricket and Bollywood. The combination of the interesting cultural experience and an awesome skiing and snowboarding adventure makes for an inimitable ski holiday. Like the curries on offer, skiing in India is very fiery!

Skiing India and Gulmarg Travel Tips

Security and Safety

The ‘Line of Control’ is a de-militarized border between India and Pakistan, which is 20km away from Gulmarg. India and Pakistan have been in conflict over the ‘ownership’ of this disputed area since the early 1900s. China is in the mix as well. Wars over this area have devastated the region and its people. During the late 1980s and 1990s, Kashmir was definitely not a safe area for tourists to visit, but since 2002 the area has been at relative peace.

Nevertheless, there are many troops based in the area, the Srinagar airport in particular has tight security, and the Srinagar to Gulmarg road has had a history of incidents involving foreigners. It is always wise to visit your government’s travel website to check the latest travel advice. The websites will generally recommend a “do not travel” to Kashmir due to the possibility of terrorism.

Many travellers to Gulmarg have felt completely safe whilst travelling, but you need to be aware of the risks and make your own decision.

Female travellers, especially if alone, may receive unwanted attention from men. The harassment can be very intimidating, and it is advised that women should avoid walking alone in deserted areas where possible. On the houseboats in Kashmir there have been some incidents of single women being harassed by houseboat employees.

Health
There is a high incidence of food-borne, water-borne and other infectious diseases in India. Vaccinations are recommended including Hep A, Hep B, Typhoid, Cholera, Polio and Meningitis. Check with your GP but some of these vaccinations will be required at least four to six weeks before departing.

Some travellers might suffer from “Gulmarg Guts” which is the equivalent of “Delhi Belly”. Pack the Lomotil (or Immodium) and Stemetil tablets with you. Some soft toilet paper would also be worth packing.

The one thing that sets Gulmarg apart from the rest of India is that you can drink the water from the taps without major fear of repercussions of the severe bowel movement kind. A water treatment plant was recently constructed and seems to do the job. However in the rest of India it is definitely recommended not to drink the tap water, and this includes whilst brushing your teeth or taking a shower. Boil all drinking water or drink bottled water, avoid ice cubes and raw and undercooked food.

Try to avoid dogs and monkeys around the village and at Monkey Hill at Gulmarg, and definitely try not to get bitten. Occasionally snow leopards have been known to attack humans, so to escape, you might want to be able to ski or board really fast. Of course there’s also the very occasional “cougar” attack!

Altitude sickness is a potential health concern as the air up high in the Himalayas is a bit thin. Prevention is the best cure – see the Gulmarg facilities and health page for more information.

Language
Most of the Kashmir locals speak fluent English as well as Kashmiri, their native tongue.

Money
See the Oanda website for the latest currency exchange rates. Here are some approximate costs: bottled water is 50 Rupee; Coke/ Pepsi is 40 Rupee; and smokes about 40 Rupee. Tips of 5-10 percent are customary, but not compulsory. 

Mobile Phones
Mobile phones work in Srinagar, but not in Gulmarg, unless they’re with the Indian provider BSNL.

Travel Insurance
Check your travel insurance carefully as most will not cover off-piste skiing. There is a slight risk of being a victim of terrorism, so take out the extra ski insurance to cover these options.

Electrical Adapters
The adapter required is the same as that for South Africa.

Time Zone
The time zone in Srinagar is GMT/UTC + 05:30 hour. Gulmarg is 4.5 to 5.5 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time depending upon daylight savings. Australians will feel compelled to get up really early (great on powder days, but this could be wasted if gondola workers are operating on ish-time) and go to bed super early.

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The temperatures in Gulmarg are not super cold, so you probably won’t need to pack face protection. Not having to travel on cold chairlifts is also a bonus.

As good rental gear is not available, it’s wise to take your own skis or snowboard. It is possible to ski on slalom skis, but if you want to float in the moist powder, fat skis with a waist wider than about 90mm are ideal. Snowboarders may require snow shoes or ideally take a split board.

You’ll definitely need a helmet and goggles and avalanche safety equipment.

India Ski Tours

Single-Base, Single-Ski-Area Tours
Gulmarg Tour DETAILS
GUIDED OFF-PISTE & BC ADVENTURE
10 Nights | 8 Days Skiing | Gulmarg, India
From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy staying at Hotel Hilltop.
Base/invoice currency is in USD inc taxes.
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Price p/p
USD 2,775
Early Bird: Book by June 30 and get 10% off the advertised price
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Gulmarg has arguably the best lift-accessible side country in the world! This 10 night tour provides a solid 8 days of guided skiing & riding the best of the terrain in the best available snow on each day. There are 3 levels of accommodation to choose from and the tour includes a night on Dal Lake.
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Bills Gulmarg Tour DETAILS
GUIDED OFF-PISTE & BC ADVENTURE
15 Days | 12 Days of Riding
From price based on twin/double-share option.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
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Price p/p
USD 4,433
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Experience the best of Gulmarg with Aussie guide Bill Barker. 12 days of skiing endless lines of fresh POW with the most experienced guide in Gulmarg. Join a fixed-date tour or enquire about a custom tour for groups of up to 6.
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Gulmarg Powder Adventure Tours DETAILS
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED TOURS
8 or 15 Days - 6 / 12 Days Skiing / Riding
From price based on 8-day package in triple-share room - budget accommodation option.
Base/invoice currency is in USD inc taxes.
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Price p/p
USD 1,190
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Explore Gulmarg to its fullest potential with an experienced & qualified guide. Choice of accommodation standard from budget to 5-star luxury. Tours start every Saturday - From mid Dec to mid April.
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Heli Skiing Tours
Himalayan Heli Adventures - Odyssey DETAILS
HIMALAYAN HELISKIING (MIXED GROUP)
7 Nights | 30,500 Meters Vertical Included
From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy, Standard Odyssey Package, Regular Season (Per Person)
Base/invoice currency is in USD inc all taxes.
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Price p/p
USD 8,950
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
The Odyssey is an efficient way to heliski the Himalaya. A maximum of 15 skiers share a helicopter, broken into small groups of 3-4 skiers per guide. We offer six full days (weather permitting) and 30,500 vertical meters of skiing, with a minimum guarantee of 20,000 vertical meters.
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Himalayan Heli Adventures - Private DETAILS
HIMALAYAN HELISKIING (PRIVATE GROUP)
7 Nights | 14 Helicopter Hours
From price based on a group of 9, twin/double-share room occupancy, Himalayan Exclusive Package, Regular Season (Per Person)
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Price p/p
USD 12,400
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This is an adventure of a lifetime! Immerse yourself in the rich Himalayan culture, eat exotic Indian foods & ride some of the best skiing terrain on the planet. These PRIVATE packages include 7-nights of deluxe accommodation, all private chef prepared meals, guided heli skiing, domestic transfers & more.
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