Gondola Lift, Gulmarg

Gondola Lift

Gondola Lift (Cable car) snapshot

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in Gulmarg
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82 Ratings & 66 Reviews

About Gondola Lift (Cable car)

    • Entry: Paid
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 10.30 AM - 4.30 PM , Saturday: 10.30 AM - 4.30 PM , Sunday: 10.30 AM - 4.30 PM , Public Holidays: 10.30 AM - 4.30 PM

Gondola Lift is considered as one of the major attractions of Gulmarg. Designed in technical collaboration with a French Company PUMA, and managed by the Jammu and Kashmir Cable Car Corporation, it is the only cable car system in Asia that travels up an elevation of 13,500 ft above sea level.

It is located on the backdrop of the beautiful Himalayan Peaks in the Gondola Village of Gulmarg. The Gondola covers the distance from Gulmarg to Kongdoor and from Kongdoor to Apharwat.

This cable lift service comprises 2 stretches that travel a total distance of 5 km. Completed in May 2005, the second stage of the Gulmarg-Apharwat cable car project links Kongdoor station at 3,099 m with Apharwat at 3,979 m. Between Kongdoor and Apharwat, the vertical rise is 880 m.

It uses 19 towers to operate the Gulmarg-Kongdoor stretch and can handle 1,500 people at maximum per hour. The other stretch is Kongdoor to Apharwat, which uses 18 towers and can handle 600 people per hour. In 2005, a consortium of Indian and French companies completed this project.

What travellers are saying about Gondola Lift

Experience scale
  • Excellent 36
  • Very Good 18
  • Good 6
  • Average 5
  • Below Average 0
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 1
Travellers recommend
  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
Facilities available
  • Food available for purchase
  • Bathroom facilities
  • Camera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowed
  • Lockers/Storage

2 Video Reviews for Gondola Lift

Rohit Rawal

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  • Rohit Rawal
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review
  •  121 helpful votes
  •  756 readers
  • Posted Feb 18, 2017
Overall Rating
  • 790

Neha malhotra Malhotra

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  • Neha malhotra Malhotra
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 9 Reviews
  •  50 helpful votes
  •  6456 readers
  • Posted Jun 7, 2016
Overall Rating
  • 679

66 traveller reviews for Gondola Lift

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Ashish Debnath

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  • Ashish Debnath
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 photos
  • 26 Reviews
  •  225 readers

"Experience worth remembering for a long time" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The cable ride is truly wonderful. Six individuals are allowed per car. It's divided into two phases. Phase 1 is the first level while Phase 2 is the second level I. E. 14000 ft . We got snow at Phase 2 and it was really enjoyable to play in snow on a sunny day. We didn't even require our sweaters or overcoats, such was the weather. Our feet got inside now up to knee length, which was a surprise. Enjoyed every part of it.
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Sv shravan

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  • Sv shravan
  • 10 photos
  • 17 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
  •  1579 readers

"Decent experience"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 31, 2016
Firstly as soon as I reached this place we were rounded by many tour guides who said that the queue for getting the tickets for Gondola was very long and it would take at least 2 hrs to get tickets and then we were approached by Horse riders who said that the Gondola was more than 4km from the parking area. Thanks to our driver who had alerted on these frauds much before hand, the walk from the parking to Gondola is not more than 15 min on a pucca road and we could get our tickets within 10 min. I was able to avoid wasting money on the guide. However, after buying our tickets we had to wait for 2hrs for our turn in to the ropeway car. I suggest do not take any guide. The rope way ride is in three phases, first phase are easily available, but the second phase must be booked well in advance. (There is online booking available for both phases). We got tickets only for the first phase as we were not aware about the online booking facility.
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  • 6 votes

Nivedita das

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  • Nivedita das
  • 5 photos
  • 6 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  3419 readers

"Stunning views of Gulmarg"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 7, 2016
I visited Gulmarg with my family and took the gondola ride to see the beautiful snow covered mountains. The views are breathtaking. The ride in each way to the first level is for 5 minutes. There is no need to take guide to see the mountains. We had no problems when we took the ride to see the Himalayas but while coming back we had to face huge crowd as everybody rushed to take the ride back and there was no queue at all and there were no member from the Gondola to take care of anything. I strongly would like to say that it could have been better managed as they charge huge fee to see the attraction.
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  • 2 votes

Richa Mehrotra

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  • Richa Mehrotra
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 7 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  4371 readers

"Gondola will take you to heaven"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 3, 2016
Gondola will take you to heaven, Gulmarg, it's the most beautiful place in entire kashmir. You need buy tickets for Gondola either you can book online if you're visiting in peak season or you can buy from counter. You need to take a special cab for Gulmarg also know as Chain wali gadi to cover a route of around 8 km till Gondola lift. This ride will cost you Rs 700 per person.
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  • 3 votes

Ranjan malik

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  • Ranjan malik
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  967 readers

"High altitude but worth watching"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 15, 2016
It is high altitude but worth watching. Everyone should visit this place. Also, try for ice bike ride and ice skating. Sledges are very popular here and must be tried once.
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  • 2 votes

Gangadhar kopparthi

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  • Gangadhar kopparthi
  • 4 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  994 readers

"Place wise excellent for snow activities"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 9, 2016
The best place is Gondola. There will be lot of guides who will be after you. But there is no need of one.

You can walk to the Gondola cable booking office easily in 10 min.

Try to buy tickets yourself in Queue and don't rely on agents. Not required as time taken is same.

At the top skiing prices are only max of 500-600 with instructor. They will start with 2000 so don't get fooled. Also sledging prices are just 100-200 and not 500 which is generally quoted. If you go with guide you will be forced to shell out more and no choice. All prices are in general more than twice. So bargain.

Try to take black boots and good coats which is Rs 100-200 per person.

Place wise excellent for snow activities. Phase 1 is sufficient. Bakshi restaurant is very good.
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  • 3 votes

Arunav Singh

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  • Arunav Singh
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 54 photos
  • 42 Reviews
  •  23 helpful votes
  •  27084 readers

"Just go crazy in the snow"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 30, 2016
First time I saw snow this much in quantity and just went crazy :p. Throw snowballs at each other until you get tired and drenched in your sweat :)

Make sure to build a SNOWMAN, yes I built one and it was an amazing feeling. Chose the perfect time to visit here so that everything is covered in snow but not too much of snow else Level 2 might be closed.

Gondola Ride was indeed a new experience. Watch out for the soft snow, the part on which people walk becomes hard but if you wander off a bit further outside the railings you might find yourself in such a snow that half your leg will go inside :p

Be sure to lend the correct sized boots and jackets from the shopkeepers and finally ENJOY LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW, just go CRAZY in the snow.
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  • 3 votes

Deepashree pai raiker

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  • Deepashree pai raiker
  • 16 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  6890 readers

"Awesome experience"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Mar 25, 2016
This was my first view of snow and I was super thrilled. Worth every penny we spent on the tickets upto level 2. We visited in May so at level 1 there wasn't much. Skiing as they call it isn't worth so beware. Cameras have to be taken care of in the snow. Cable car ride was also thrilling. Overall wonderful.
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  • 1 vote

Arpit Shah

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  • Arpit Shah
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 1 photo
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1201 readers

"Longest Ride"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 21, 2016
It was actually amazing, phase 17000ft and phase 214000 ft, it actually gives you awesome feeling of watching the snow. This ride gives you the feeling of floating in clouds and it takes you to 14000 ft and gives you feeling that you are standing above clouds.
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Janardhan P g

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  • Janardhan P g
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 30 photos
  • 19 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  16994 readers

"Snowy Gulmarg but ride is restricted in Winter"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 15, 2016
It was an awesome experience to visit Gulmarg in Winter. In the last week of Dec, the temperature was around 2 degrees in the afternoon. Since it was Winter, Gondola ride was restricted to stage 1 only. Please wear heavy Winter clothes and high boots (both available for rent) to overcome the cold conditions.

The view of snow-clad mountains, barren trees (no leaves because of winter), houses, etc. Are most unforgettable.
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