Ropeways have emerged as a leading way of transportation and tourism in India. They not only are an ecological way of transportation but also offer a scenic view to several exotic locations of India. From snow-covered hills to lush green forests, ropeways allow you to experience a destination uniquely. In this blog, we will be talking about six of the most magnificent and best ropeways in India which should be on your bucket list. Each of these ropeways standout in terms of its locations, infrastructure, and experience.
Table of Content:
- Gulmarg Gondola
- Skyview Patnitop
- Darjeeling Ropeway
- Auli Ropeway
- Malampuzha Ropeway
- Manali Solang Ropeway
1. Gulmarg Gondola
Summer or winter there can be no place better than Gulmarg situated at an altitude of 8960 ft in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. Apart from being the heartland of winter sports in India, it offers an experience like nowhere else in the country. Gulmarg’s picturesque offerings can be best experienced in its two-stage ropeway which stretches to a combined length of 4.2km and has the capacity of accommodating 600 people per hour from Kongdoori to Apharwat peak. The ropeway not only gives you a first-hand experience of Kashmir’s famous natural setting but also enables you to explore the high-altitude snow cover peaks of Apharwat.
2. Skyview Patnitop by Empyrean
Located in the beautiful hill station of Patnitop, Skyview Patnitop is the highest ropeway in India in terms of ground clearance. The 2.8 km long ropeway from Sangot to Patnitop offers a mesmerizing view of the lush green forests and Shivalik range like never before! This ropeway features 18 spacious cabins and each cabin accommodates 8 adults at a time. To complement this world-class ropeway, the adventure destination not only has a variety of culinary offerings but also a gamut of adventure activities such as India’s first Magic Carpet, Zigzag Zipline, and Tubing Sledge. All these offerings put Skyview Patnitop at the top of the tourist places in Jammu. In 2019, The Travel & Tourism Excellence Award organized by FICCI and Ernst & Young awarded it with the Best Adventure Tourism Destination of India.
3. Darjeeling Ropeway
Darjeeling is one of the most visited hill stations of India and has always been able to attract a large number of tourists. Adding to its natural beauty and charm, the Darjeeling Ropeway runs from North Point to Singla. This journey presents you with a beautiful view of hills, lush green valleys, tea gardens, and waterfalls of this Himalayan town. Darjeeling Ropeway is the first ropeway of India as it commenced operations in 1968. In the recent past, it has undergone several upgrades to align it with modern safety standards and technology.
4. Auli Ropeway
Auli, a destination better known for skiing and paragliding has emerged as one of the leading tourist destinations of India. The pristine hill station is blessed with beautiful mountain peaks and oak forests. The 4 km long bi-cable ropeway consists of 10 steel towers to connects Auli with Joshimath. The ride time of 15-20 minutes presents a picturesque view of the dense oak forest from all sides to the visitors.
5. Malampuzha Ropeway
Located near the Malampuzha Dam in Kerala, the ropeway offers a scenic view of the Malampuzha Gardens and Dam. It is said to be one of the first of its kind in South India. With a total distance of 2km and featuring 64 cable cars that accommodate 2 persons at a time.
6. Manali Solang Ropeway
With its snow-capped mountains and pleasing climate, Manali is a delightful escape for residents of north India. One of the highlights of the most popular hill stations in India is 1.8 km long. Manali Ropeway. The ride offers an aerial view of the wonderful Solang valley and the astonishing peaks of Mount Phatru.
Let us know if you have taken a ride of any of these or if you know of any other best ropeways in India.