Standing tall, even after 100 years of its construction, is the Victorian architectural wonder of St Mary's Church, which is situated near the Golf Course in Gulmarg. More like a tiny countryside chapel in appearance, this church has grey stone walls that add to its vintage look. It looks the most scintillating during the winter season, especially when it is laden with snow. The church is counted among the top attractions of Gulmarg and is also one of the most peaceful places in the town. Its wooden walls are beautifully decorated and the roof boasts green tiles. There are frescoes inside, which depict scenes from the Holy Bible. When observed from a distance, its charm is unparalleled and the stained glass artwork stands out for its beauty.

The only way to reach the church is to trek as it is located on a green field and surrounded by the Golf Course on three sides, and a mountain on the fourth. The verdant meadows, soaring alpine trees and lofty mountains together make for a mesmerising rustic backdrop to this church. There are also some old hotels and huts nearby, where visitors can put up. According to historical sources, the church was constructed in 1902, during the British rule, and built in typical British style. It was renovated in 2003 during which its façade was upgraded. Post renovation, the first Christmas mass in 14 years was held in the church. Though regular mass is not held at St Mary’s Church now, it is open daily between 7 am and 5 pm, and there are no charges for visiting it. It belongs to the Diocese of Amritsar, Church of North India. At night, the church is almost akin to a beacon of hope, illuminated by strings of multi-coloured lights.

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