We think it’s time to have a holiday on top of the world, literally. Perhaps skiing, or walking, a little light golfing or Nature watching, drinking in the fresh clear mountain air and gazing on views that are seldom seen on the usual holiday island. So we travelled to the High Himalaya in Kashmir, literally to the top of the world, to bring you The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa. It is an object lesson in aiming high.
In winter, the mountain peaks and the inviting powder ski slopes reveal the world’s highest ski lift (at Gulmarg Gondola), taking you up to the world’s highest ski point. Or take an adventure trek through the snow-girt mountains to the Alpather Lake, so high it stays frozen until June.
In spring and summer, you will gaze through the windows of your room or the hotel bar on to carpets of bright flowers and sunny meadows. You can take your rod and fish for trout in the cold, clear streams of the high Himalaya. Or saunter along miles of sunlit, lanes between the trees, glimpsing the valleys, lakes and mountain peaks. Or perhaps go Nature-watching: there are black and brown bear in the reserve here, and Himalayan musk deer—then enjoy a round on the world’s highest green golf course and enjoy a drink in the historic clubhouse. Return each day to the comforts of The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa, our most extraordinary ski-and-sun resort yet, and most assuredly in the upper echelons.
The resort lies in the Pir Panjal range of mountains, a short walk from the Gulmarg Gondola, with the Kongdoori Mountain virtually on the doorstep. Magnificent outdoor views give way to beautifully styled interiors. Elegant silk carpets from local looms, furnishings embellished with crewel embroidery, carved walnut panelling and teakwood floors draw upon Kashmir’s rich heritage of craftsmanship for the guest rooms and cottages. As to the restaurants, there is a world of cuisines here, enjoyed against a backdrop of panoramic views—and you will be introduced to Wazwan, feast of Kashmiri weddings. There is a tea lounge, serving the pick of the crop, a sheesha lounge, and for out-of-this-world pampering, a full-service Spa by L’Occitane, a luxurious and holistic well-being experiences.
The atmosphere at The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa changes according to the seasons. From spring through to winter, views from the rooms and cottages encompass carpets of spring flowers to summer sun-filled meadows. Winter highlights the impressive mountain peaks and the inviting powder ski slopes.
How to get there? Gulmarg, Kashmir, is just just 65 kilometres from Srinagar Airport, which has a daily flight from Delhi.
International Hotel: Our Members receive special rates at The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa, giving Members the best rates available on any room category and season. Our exclusive rates start with a Blue Ribbon rate for the first Members to book the 568 sq ft Luxury Balcony Room, which have generous private balconies on which to sit and sip your morning tea or evening cocktail. Each room features a separate dressing area, leading to a plush bathroom with a sunken tub, where large picture windows offer fabulous views.
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