Khyber Hotel – Gulmarg
A RARE GEM IN A PERFECT SETTING - A world away from the ordinary, this 85 key resort is framed at every vantage point by nature at its most spectacular. The world’s highest ski lift, the Gulmarg Gondola – which takes you to Kongdoori Mountain, is only a short walk away. Meadows and forests that have enchanted travellers for centuries wait to be explored by trekking enthusiasts and undying romantics. Clad in locally sourced pine and slate, the resort is built in a style true to the architectural heritage of Kashmir. In every way the indoors mirror the beauty of the outdoors. Specialty restaurants, a Sheesha lounge, a well-appointed spa and a heated swimming pool are amongst the necessary luxuries in place. Add to these other thoughtful additions like our children’s club, a mini theatre and a dedicated Activities Concierge and you will find The Khyber is a resort at par with the best in the world.
The Gulmarg Gondola is only minutes away from our porch, making The Khyber a ski in – ski out resort. The world’s highest ski lift will whisk you away to Kongdoori Mountain, on the shoulder of Mount Affarwat, which at 13,780 feet is the highest ski point in the Himalayas. Certified instructors, quality equipment and the right apparel is at hand, courtesy the Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering. Not to mention the freshly powdered slopes that make this Asia’s 7th best ski destination.
TREKKING AND ADVENTURE
The Khyber Resort is a great starting point for treks and walks and whether you’re a true adventurer or an enthusiastic beginner, our trained experts will guide you through the terrain. The trek to Khilanmarg Valley to see spring flowers is amongst the most enchanting. The more adventurous can trek through snow-clad mountains to the serene Alpather Lake. For anglers, there’s the Ningle Nallah and the Ferozepur Nallah, both streams famous for trout fishing.
Take guide-led tours of the meadows and plains in the vicinity, from late spring through to the autumn. Stop for a picnic lunch, an afternoon of rest and recreation, or simply to smell the roses.
Some of our rooms look out to the first tee of the world’s highest green golf course. You can hire sets and caddies (there are even woods and irons for lefties) and play perhaps the most picturesque nine holes – and a back nine, if you’re up to it – of your life.
The Igloo is our activity room for children and is well stocked with board games and gaming consoles.
The Den lets you have your pick of the latest Bollywood and Hollywood releases as well as many other classic titles.
You don’t always have to be out and about to enjoy yourself at the Khyber. There’s snooker cum billiards in our Games Room.