Gulmarg (translation: "Meadow of Flowers") is a town, a hill station, a popular skiing destination and a notified area committee in Baramula district in the Indian administered state of Jammu and Kashmir. The town is within the Himalayas and is within miles of the Line of Control between India and Pakistan.Originally named Gaurimarg or “the fair one” by shepherds in honour of the Hindu goddess Parvati, the resort was renamed Gulmarg or the “meadow of flowers” by Sultan Yusuf Shah of the Chak Dynasty who frequented the place with his mistress Habina Khatoun in the 16th century.In the 1990s, the rise of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir affected tourism in Gulmarg.The town is easily accessible from Srinagar. The road to Gulmarg from Srinagar passes through fields of paddy till Tanmarg, a village close to Gulmarg, and is uphill thereon passing through forests of pine and fir. From the TRC bus stand in Srinagar, tourist buses take around two and half hours to reach Gulmarg. Standard buses are cheaper and ply till .