Alpather Lake

Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir

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This lake is situated 13 km from Gulmarg, which is even beyond Khilanmarg, at the foot of the twin Apharwat peaks of Nun and Kun. The lake stays frozen during winters with striking scenic views.

High up in the Apharwat peaks of the Himalayas, lies the frozen Aplather lake which makes for a best picnic spot near Gulmarg. This stunning natural attraction is embraced by rocky mountains and meadows of wild flowers. The famous Alpather lake remains frozen for almost all months of the year.

With such a glistening ice covered environment, with sprinkles of green surroundings here and there, the place looks absolutely breathtaking. The scenic beauty of this famous lake near Gulmarg is every nature photographer’s delight and calls for some nice clicks throughout the region. Besides camera, one must not forget his skating gear as the crystal clear ice of the Alpather Lake also serves as an excellent skating venue.

Best time to visit

Looking at the covering of ice and snow on the Alpather lake and its surroundings, winters are mostly suited for skating and other snow activities. Thus, it is advised that this famous lake near Gulmarg to be visited between the months of May and September when the summers are on. 

How to reach

The breathtaking Alpathar lake at the base of Apharwat peak is around 13 kms away from the city of Gulmarg.  As the surroundings of this lake mostly remains snow laden, it is advised that the route to be traveled on horse backs.

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