‘Heaven on earth’ as they say, Kashmir truly does justice to its bestowed title. Its beautiful valleys, the lake in the middle, mountains that guard this paradise on Earth, humble locals and obviously the royal food, everything is picturesque. The weather in the valley is what makes it pleasant and attracts tourists from all around the world. Summers in Kashmir start from May till August where the temperature is between 25° to 30° and the winters last from December to February. During this time the temperature is around 0°C to sub-zero. This is the best time to visit Gulmarg.
Gulmarg, often referred to as 'the meadow of flowers,' stands out as the top getaway in Jammu and Kashmir, drawing in nature enthusiasts seeking respite from the scorching heat of the city, to create cherished memories.
One such property nestled there is the Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa. It is perfect for a family getaway. The property is different throughout the seasons and equally mesmerising. The Khyber stands as a living embodiment of all that defines Kashmir, where they diligently preserve its heritage in profound ways. From the intricate Khatambandi ceilings to the exquisite wood and stonework, and their gardens reminiscent of the state's legendary landscapes, their tribute to Kashmir's distinctive architecture is evident from the moment you step foot in.
The beautiful property has rooms ranging from a presidential suite—which is the epitome of luxury—to a premiere room—which is equally comforting. We spent our days in the Himalayan Balcony View Room and it felt like we were sitting in the lap of the majestic Himalayan range. The room comes with a private balcony, a living area with a bed that beckons for peaceful slumber and a lavish bathroom with a tub. Staying here was a unique experience, treating us to breathtaking views of the mountains and the valley that left a lasting impression. Once you settle in the room, order in and enjoy the food in your pyjamas while taking in the beauty of the mountains.
Here you can easily enjoy food from all corners of the world. They have a multi cuisine restaurant that goes by the name Cloves that serves the best food, especially breakfast. Nouf—another restaurant in the premises—secures a glorious view of the peaks while The Chaikash is perfect for your evening coffee. If you love Italian food you must not miss dining at Brava. The food offered here is classic Italian, where you can enjoy the wood fire pizzas and some amazing pasta and focaccia.
After rejoicing on some good food, the property also offers some top class wellness services. Starting with the country’s most photographed and temperature controlled pool that comes with a beautiful and mesmerising view. One must also not miss the luxurious Mediterranean-themed spa, L’OCCITANE. They have a variety of treatments for you to choose from, so that you can simply be pampered to no end as you relax and unwind.
The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa is a once in a lifetime experience that you’ll want to experience. And once you get here you will not want to leave given that their hospitality is warm and welcoming. Do plan to visit soon in the weather that best suits you, either way we guarantee you will have the time of your life once you arrive.
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