Situated just 4 km from Gulmarg bus stop, the small but pristine valley of Khilanmarg is breathtaking in summer. It is easy to reach this small village by simply walking across the meadows of the valley; you can also take a pony ride. Surrounded by towering mountains, the green valley with wild flowers is one of the most picturesque spots in the region. It is counted among the most-visited places in Gulmarg and makes the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. There is virtually a carpet of flowers in the meadow during the spring. In winter, the valley becomes a venue for Gulmarg's ski runs. From Gulmarg to Khilanmarg, it is a 600 m (2,000 ft) ascent to the latter. Apart from a rare and awe-inspiring close-up view of the Himalayas, from Khilanmarg, one can get a clear view of the spectacular Nanga Parbat (8,137 m), which is the fifth-highest peak in the world. Panoramic views of the twin peaks of Nun and Kun, both at a height of 7,100 m can also be availed from here. Along with these attractions are the mesmerising water bodies of Jhelum, Dal and Wular and the Shankaracharya Temple.

The Himalayas in the backdrop serve to complete a beautiful landscape that can make any photograph come alive, making Khilanmarg a delight for those fond of clicking their cameras. One can also ride on horseback to their favourite spot or simply ride around the beautiful meadows. If one wishes to visit Khilanmarg for sightseeing, the months from May to September work best. However, if one would like to try out the winter sports options or do some skiing, the right months to be here are November, December, January and February.

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