Among India’s most famous tourist destinations, Gulmarg in the Kashmir region offers traveler’s one of Asia’s best ski destinations in the winter, and in the summer a haven for outdoors aficionados.
The small town, only 50 kilometers from the Kashmiri capital, Srinagar, was an historical holiday destination for Indian kings as well as a favorite among Brits during colonial days.
Nestled between two Himalayan peaks, the slopes of Afarwat Hills of the Pir Panjal Range boast Asia’s longest and highest ski slopes with one of the world’s highest ski-lifts – the Gulmarg Gondola. Add to that its extreme terrain, and it becomes the ideal location for advances skiers and thrill seekers.
The moderate temperatures and the crisp mountain air make Gulmarg a popular summer destination offering many outdoor activities including gondola rides, mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing, white water-rafting, para-sailing, hang gliding and world class golf.
The Gulmarg Golf Club was built by the British in 1911 and adter several refurbishments, it remains a popular and highly-regarded golf courses.
The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa is Gulmarg’s most luxurious, offering guests a superb stay in this largely undeveloped region. Each of its rooms and cottages provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding peaks. The interiors are designed with every modern comfort in mind and showcasing authentic Kashmiri arts and crafts. The four cottages on offer are especially coveted for their privacy, design and exceptional view of the verdant valley below.
When staying at the Khyber, guests are left with a variety of choices for dining; from restaurants serving the best of interational cuisines, to inviting lounges and cosy nooks where fine local dishes and fragrant beverages are on offer. The world’s finest ski-resort will almost always house a luxury spa and The Khyber is no different – the spa is run by L’Occitane which offers signature treatments incorporating pure Himalayan spring water, indigenous flora and their world renowned products.
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Photography: Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa