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Alpather Lake in Gulmarg

·  Summer: (10°C-25°C) Very pleasant weather.
·  Winter: (-8°C-11°C) Extremely cold with heavy snowfall.
·  Monsoon: July to August. Moderate rainfall.

Best time to visit:  May-September

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One among the countless spectacles of Jammu & Kashmir is the mesmerizing Alpather Lake, a must-visit tourist spot on a trip to Gulmarg. The lake freezes during the winter months and displays crystal clear water during the summer and monsoon months. Floating fragments of ice during this period grant striking exquisiteness to the lake which is triangular in shape.

Located at the bottom of Apharwat Peak, the lake is surrounded by meadows rich in greenery. Away from the crowded cities, the lake offers a thoroughly enjoyable environment filled with peace and apt for rejuvenation of mind and soul. Watch the ducks walking on the lake or admire the shine of sunrays captured by the lake water. It is best to start early morning to visit Alpather Lake so as to get back on time in the evening.

Daredevils may think of climbing the nearby peaks and an expert is recommended for the same. Others can savour the unmatchable natural glory by picnicking around the lake.

Road: Trekkers and hikers can enjoy wonderful adventurous expeditions to reach the lake. Exciting pony rides promising unbound picturesque splendour of nature are also available from Gulmarg to access this beautiful site.

Railway: Many railway lines and railheads are being set up in the region considering the ever-increasing tourist activities. Jammu Railway Station which is about 293 km. away from the lake is currently the nearest railhead.

Airway: Tourists who prefer to travel by air can get down at Srinagar International Airport which is only about 13 km. away from the lake and offers excellent air connectivity to national and international locations.