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Top places for a luxurious stay in Kashmir

The Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa

Kashmir is not called the heaven on earth without a reason. As soon as you land, the place also called the ‘Venice of the East’ will entice you with its fragrant air. Its expanses of placid lakes, rapid rivers, rolling meadows, immaculate flowering gardens, and the chinar (maple) tree that reflects the changing seasons from the fresh green of spring to the russets of autumn that are shed for winter – tugs at the eyes and heart-strings of the beholder. We have cherry-picked some properties in Kashmir for a luxurious stay in the valley that lies in the foothills of the Himalayas.

1. WelcomHeritage Gurkha Houseboat, Nigeen Lake

A houseboat on a placid lake ringed by flowering trees is by far one of the most attractive choices for accommodation, setting the tone and pace for a visit to this ethereal city and the WelcomHeritage Gurkha Houseboats on the Nigeen Lake are an amalgamation of all that is the last word in pampered comfort, elegant lavishness and abiding romance. Move away from the crowd of Dal Lake and get closer to the solitude of Nige

2. The Lalit Grand Palace Srinagar

The LaLiT Grand Palace Srinagar is surrounded by the Himalayan mountain range and offers a scenic view of the Dal lake. It adjoins a golf course and is close to the international airport. The LaLiT Grand Palace Srinagar operates 113 palace rooms and suites, including 10 cottages and offers over 4,000 square feet of banqueting space. The LaLiT Grand Palace Srinagar operates three restaurants, The Chinar (which includes The Alfresco), The Chinar Garden and the Dal Bar.

3. The Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa, Gulmarg

With a stunning location at an elevation of 8,825 ft in the Pir Panjal range of the majestic Himalayas, The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa, Gulmarg, is spread over seven acres in a pristine pine valley. This international class, 85-key resort, clad in timber and stone, offers breathtaking views of snow-capped Affarwat peaks.

The awe-inspiring location of the resort combined with the unfolding drama of Gulmarg’s changing seasons has been tempting guests to return to The Khyber again and again. The resort is an easy walk from the Gulmarg Gondola, the highest ski lift in the world. It takes over 600 visitors and skiers per day to Kongdoori Mountain on the shoulder of Mount Affarwat, the highest ski point in the Himalayas at 13,780 feet.

4. RK Sarovar Portico

This forest hillside resort hotel is situated in the Royal Khazir property, owned by Saddam Zaroo and a franchise of Sarovar Group of Hotels, in the Sonwar area of Srinagar in Kashmir. The hotel is also located at a prime location with just a 5-minute walk from the famous Dal Lake and 14 km from Srinagar Airport. The Mughal gardens, Nishat Bagh and Shalimar Bagh, are only 3 km away from RK Sarovar Portico. Situated uphill on the Shankaracharya reserve, the hotel offers a beautiful view of the Srinagar city and the sight of the sun rising from behind the mountains is ethereal. The all-day dining restaurant, Takht-e-Suliaman offers a delectable spread of authentic Kashmiri dishes from Rogan Josh to Nadru Yakhni, Kashmiri Methi Maas and Rajma. Apart from the Kashmiri cuisine, it also offers other Indian dishes. For al-fresco lovers, the hotel has a lounge area called Sheesha. It is a café lounge where guests can try the various hookah options available along with some soft beverages and international snacks.

 

Compiled by Team THN

Featured image WelcomHeritage Gurkha Houseboat

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