8,825 feet above sea level in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas lies a higher order of luxury. Gulmarg now has a world-class resort worthy of its pristine beauty. The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa is spread over seven unspoilt, fir-laden acres, with majestic views of the Affarwat Peaks. Through the year the drama of the changing seasons unfolds here. In spring, carpets of flowers add dazzling colour to the valley, inviting you to long walks. Come summer and you’re picnicking on sun-drenched meadows. In the autumn, the greens at the world's highest golf course await you. Winter brings the exhilaration of skiing on freshly powdered slopes, some of the finest in Asia. All eighty rooms, four luxury cottages and Presidential Suite offer breathtaking views of the Affarwat Peaks or of evergreen valleys. The interiors are designed with traditional materials and showcase fine Kashmiri crafts. Namdas of felted wool, silk carpets from local looms, furnishings embellished with crewel embroidery, carved walnut paneling, teakwood floors and papier mache accents draw upon Kashmir’s rich heritage of craftsmanship.
Hotel Address:Location Summary
- The Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa
- Gulmarg, Kashmir
A world away from the ordinary, this 85-room 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.
Directions to Hotel
The resort lies 65 kilometers away from Srinagar Airport. Your experience begins with a ninety-minute transfer by car to The Khyber, through languid meadows and forested slopes. There are direct flights daily to Srinagar from Delhi (an hour’s duration) and Mumbai (2 hours and 45 minutes).
During the warm days of spring and summer, a host of activities like gondola rides, mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing, white water rafting, para-sailing, hang gliding and jeep safaris are possible and the Activity Concierge at the resort will help you plan.
Banquets & Meetings
With more than 10,000 square feet of meeting, banquet and event space including the beautifully landscaped Paradeez gardens and an amphitheatre, The Khyber is well set up for any gathering. For board meetings or brainstorming sessions, a destination wedding or a motivational corporate offsite, The Khyber offers a unique setting round the year.
Fine Dining on Site
Travel the world of cuisines at Cloves, where food from across the globe is served up with panoramic views. Satisfy your pasta, mezze or dim sum cravings, or be introduced to Wazwan, the plentiful feast of Kashmiri weddings, in an atmosphere that captures the grandeur of the mountains.
The gym has treadmills, free weights, elliptical trainers and weight training machines.
High Speed Internet
Hi Speed Wireless Internet Access (wired access on request).
Children's Club. The Igloo, the activity room for children is well-stocked with board games and gaming consoles.
The heated indoor swimming pool in a space flanked by glazed double-height windows is a great experience round the year, especially magical when there are blankets of snow outside.
The Khyber Spa by L'Occitane is one of India's most luxurious and holistic well-being experiences. Soak in stunning views from your treatment room, indulge in Provencal inspired rituals with Shea from Burkina Faso and Immortelle from Corsica, feel the gentle warmth of your private steam chamber, spend soulful moments in the over-sized Couple's Suites, embark on a journey of sensorial delights and pamper yourself with treatment protocols that incorporate the best of the west and the east.
Available in the spring and summer.
Water rafting available.
Jeep safaris during the spring and summer.
Fishing - Fly
Ningle Nallah and the Ferozepur Nallah are both streams famous for trout fishing.
Hang gliding available during spring and summer.
Some rooms look out to the first tee of the world's highest 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 Khyber Resort is a great starting point for treks and walks and whether you’re a true adventurer or an enthusiastic beginner, 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.
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.
Skiing - Snow
The Gulmarg Gondola is only minutes away, 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.
- - Banquets & Meetings
- - Business Center
- - Meeting Space
- - Fine Dining on Site
- - Fine Dining Nearby
- - Fitness Center
- - High Speed Internet
- - Child Programs
- - Pool, Indoor
- - Spa Facility
- - Biking, Mountain
- - Boating
- - Ecological Tourism
- - Fishing - Fly
- - Gliding
- - Golfing
- - Hiking
- - Horseback Riding
- - Skiing - Snow
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