Popular Gondola Rides in The Country
Ropeways, are the only mode of transportation which offer a closer bird’s eye view of the underneath terrain. These aerial tramways are the best medium to have an awesome ride, giving stunning views of snow-capped mountains, hillocks and lush green woods.
Installation of cable car systems in major tourist spots has increased in past few years in order to provide better transportation and attract tourists to the place.
Let’s have an exciting ride on these popular ropeways of India.
Gulmarg Gondola – Jammu and Kahmir
When it comes to gondola ride, Gulmarg, which is having world’s second highest cable car, tops the list. This two stage ropeway connects Gulmarg resort to Kongdori Valley in first ferry. In its second shift it takes the skiers to Apparwath Peak from Kondori station. A ride on this cable car is not less than a trip to heaven for the spellbound beauty of far-flung snow covered land dotted with green coniferous trees and snow clad peaks of mountain.
Cost – Rs 600 per person for the first stage and Rs 800 for the second stage.
Total length – 2.5 Km
Take a ride for – Exceptional view of snow-clad mountains and the valley.
Auli Cable Car – Uttarakhand
Apart from being a popular skiing spot, Auli is home to the longest cable car of the country. Attracting a large number of tourists, the ropeway connects Joshimath to Auli. The 15 minutes ride will give you stunning views of unparalleled beauty of Himalaya.
Cost – Rs 400 per person for a round trip
Total length – 4 Km
Take a ride for – Panoramic view of Nanda Devi snow peaks.
Manali Ropeway – Himachal Pradesh
The exciting ride on Manali ropeway starts from Solang Valley (which is situated 15 Km from Manali) and ends at Mt. Phatru. Solang valley is a major tourist attraction in Manali, extremely popular for its winter sports including paragliding, parachuting and horse riding.
Cost – Rs 500 per person for a round trip
Total length – Around one and a-half Km
Take a ride for – Beautiful views of Solang Valley.
Glenmorgan Ropeway – Tamil Nadu
Placed in Ooty, Tamil Nadu, Glenmorgan is a beautiful valley famous for the scenic beauty of eucalyptus and tea plantation. The tea estates and a huge lake of the place attract a number of tourists to the place. The ropeway ride, which is divided in two stages, starts from a power house in Singara to Glenmorgan. This amazing drive, which takes about an hour, offers mesmerising view of the Moyar Valley, Pykara Plant and some parts of Mysore and Mudumalai Wild Life Sanctuary.
Sadly, at the present time this cable car is not functional.
Cost – Not Available
Total length – 3 Km
Take a ride for – Incredible view of tea estates.
Raigad Ropeway – Maharashtra
The ride on Raigad Ropeway is used to reach Raigad Fort, placed on a hill, in the state of Maharashtra. Once used to be capital of great Shivaji Maharaj, Raigad Fort holds a significant place in history. The ascent of this steep ropeway is 420 meters, making the joyride even more exhilarating.
Cost – Rs 286 for adults
Rs 143 for children
Total length – 760 m
Take a ride for – Bird’s eye view of the beautiful surroundings.
Dhuandhar Ropeway – Madhya Pradesh
The ropeway in Dhuandhar is the best way to get panoramic views of Dhuandhar falls in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh in a short ride. The aerial ride passes through the fall and offers beautiful views of Bhedaghat Marble Rocks and Narmada River.
Cost – Rs 50 per person
Total length – 1140 m
Take a ride for – Picturesque view of Dhuandhar fall.
Mussorie Cable Car – Uttarakhand
The cable car of Mussorie is used to reach the famous Gun Hill, the second highest point of the place. The enthralling ride which starts from the Mall passes through the extreme beautiful vistas of nature, offering magnificent view of several peaks, including Bandarpunch.
Cost – Rs 60 per person
Rs 75 return fare per person
Total length – 2,530 m
Take a ride for – Breath taking view of valleys and mountain peaks.
Gangtok Ropeway – Sikkim
Known as Damovar Ropeway, the cable car of Gangtok, offers three stage rides starting from Deorali market to Namnang to ending point Tahshiling. The thrilling drive offers stunning views of valleys and river flowing at some 3,500 feet below.
Cost – Rs 60 per person for adults
Rs 30 for children below 6 years
Total length – 1 Km
Take a ride for – Awesome view of Kanchenjunga peak.
Rajgir Ropeway – Bihar
Rajgir Ropeway is situated in Nalanda district of Bihar. This single person ropeway takes to huge 40m high Vishwa Shanti Stupa, Makhdoom Kund and monasteries built by Japanese devotees on the top of Ratnagiri Hill. This only ropeway of the state attracts a large number of tourists to the spot.
Cost – Rs 30 – Rs 60
Total length – About 6.5 Km
Take a ride for – Great view of valley surrounded by hills.
Darjeeling-Rangit Valley Passenger Cable Car – West Bengal
What can be more eye soothing than having an above ground view of the dense green forests, waterfalls, rolling rivers, verdant valleys and mesmerising tea gardens! All these can be best experienced by taking a 45 minute cable car ride of Darjeeling, the beautiful hill station at West Bengal. This ropeway starting from Singamari and ending at Singla Bazaar, descents from 7000 ft. to 800 ft.
Cost – Rs 150 per person for two way ride
Total length – About 2.5 Km one way
Take a ride for – Aerial view of the spellbound beauty of the hill station.
Parwanoo Ropeway – Himachal Pradesh
Popularly known as Timber Trail, the Parwanoo Ropeway is situated about 35 Km from Chandigarh, Himachal-Haryana Border. Stretching between two hills, this cable car runs at 5,000 ft. offering a majestic view of the surrounding mountains and streaming Kaushalya River.
Cost – Rs 625 per head for adults
Rs 500 for children
Total length – 3.6 Km
Take a ride for – Spectacular view of Kaushalya River.
Next time if you take a vacation to these destinations, try some of these exhilarating Gondola rides. These are the best medium to adore the natural beauty from elevated heights.