The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa
What We Love
- Buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Floor-to-ceiling windows in all rooms with awesome Himalayan views
- Elegant afternoon tea lounge with a terrace and fire pits
- There's a dedicated Activity Concierge
What To Know
- WiFi is an additional cost of $12 per day
- It's a dry resort (none of the hotels in Gulmarg are permitted to serve alcohol)
- The Khyber Spa by L'Occitane opened in December 2013
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Spread across seven fir tree–studded acres, 8,825 feet above sea level, the Khyber Resort & Spa is a five-star retreat with majestic views of the Himalayas’ Affarwat peaks. Styled like a classic mountain lodge and kitted out with local pine and slate, the interiors bring the outdoors in. The 80 guestrooms are equipped for all seasons, with crackling fireplaces for cozy winter nights and floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the summer views of the lush Pir Panjal Valley. Kashmiri woven silk carpets, carved walnut paneled ceilings and embroidered throws decorate the rooms, and most bathrooms come with huge windows overlooking the grounds. Tuck into Kashmiri cuisine at Cloves or wood-fired BBQ dishes at Nouf, or indulge in a traditional afternoon tea at Chaikash, an elegant patisserie with a terrace complete with firepits. Depending on the season, you can hit the powdery pistes via the world’s highest ski lift (the Gulmarg Gondola) or trek the stunning mountain trails and follow up with a session at the L’Occitane spa, which offers Himalayan views from every treatment room.
In the Area
There’s a dedicated Activity Concierge at the resort to direct you to the area’s best ski runs. The Gulmarg Gondola (the world’s highest ski lift) is on the doorstep to whisk you up the Kongdoori Mountain. At 13,780 feet, it’s the highest ski point in the Himalayas. Guided treks are available for walkers of all levels, from easy routes through the Khilmanmarg Valley to exhilarating journeys up snowcapped mountains to the serene Alpather Lake. Fair weather activities include hang-gliding, parasailing and jeep safaris. Or tee off on the highest golf course in the world, a 10-minute drive from the property.
How to Get There
The resort is located on a hill, a short hike up from the Gulmarg Cable Car ???? Station will take you to the resort. The location itself and view from the resort are superb, surrounded by tall trees and mountains all around.
Rooms and cottages are very spacious with all the necessary amenities. The double cottages are at one corner of the resort and it takes a long walk to reach the reception/restaurant area. Nevertheless, the rooms, interiors, lobby everything is neat and well-maintained.
They do not have a bar, but Shrisha/Hookah is available. Food served in the restaurant was delicious. Both buffet and ala carte were equally good.
Overall a 10 on 10 package.
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The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa is spread over seven unspoilt, fir-laden acres, with majestic views of the Affarwat Peaks. 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. 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.
Khyber in winters is too good. Watching the snow fall from the veranda of my room was a breathtaking experience . We spend most of our time in the hotel. The food was great. The staff was courteous and helpful.