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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which emergency numbers one should keep handy on a trip to Gulmarg?

Manish Kumar DEC 10 2012
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Lost or confused in the snowbound resort town? Hurt in one of your snow adventures? Fear not, the numbers listed below are sure to help you depending upon the nature of the emergency. Be sure you save these in your phone call book when you plan for your trip to Gulmarg.

Gulmarg Tourist Office+91-1954-254439
Gulmarg Police Station+91-1954-254442
Tangmarg Police Station+91-1954-254431
High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS)+91-1954-254550 / 254549
Tangmarg Hospital+91-1954-254441

Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences

91 - 194 - 2401013 / 2403470
East West Rescue, New Delhi+91-011-24690429 / 24632382

In case of emergency situations there are a couple of things to keep in mind when it comes to Gulmarg. Currently, there are no hospitals/medical centers here. The nearest one is in Tangmarg, 12 km away. Beyond Tangmarg, the next nearest hospitals are in Srinagar. It might be good idea for you to carry a basic medical kit with you. Hotels may carry a first aid kit but its better to be prepared, especially when you are out in the snow. Unfortunately, there is no provision for air-rescue.
Snow patrols operate within the skiing area boundary. If you venture out in the backcountry, it will be at your own risk as the patrol doesn't cover those areas. Don't get alarmed. When called they will come to your rescue. But keep in mind the patrol is a 10-man team and may not be able to respond immediately.

In the event of a serious injury or illness , you can telephone the 24-hour Alarm Centre of East West Rescue in Delhi, and seek East West's advice 'over the phone'. If the person requires hospital care, East West Rescue would communicate direct with the Soura Institute in Srinagar to advise of the circumstances of the incoming patient, and if need be, organize ground ambulance services between Gulmarg and Srinagar.

The idea is not to alarm you but to ensure that you don't throw all caution to the winds and be careful. With the emergency phone numbers close to you, you can now set off on a stress-free vacation to Gulmarg.

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