Nothing defines beauty quite like the majestic Himalayas in winters. Up in the mountains, when the blanket of white snow urges you to snuggle in your bed, we have listed the seven luxury ski resorts for those who’d rather work up their adrenaline in the winter wonderland that India becomes.
- The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa:
Situated in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas, The Khyber resort, with its 85 rooms has one of the highest ski lifts, the Gulmarg Gondola, which is only minutes away from the resort’s porch. The Gondola takes you to the Kongdoori mountain, on the shoulder of Mount Apharwat- the highest ski point in the Himalayas at 13,780 feet. Moreover, the Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering provides certified instructors, quality equipment and apparel needed for you to ski down the slopes of one of Asia’s best ski destinations.
- Hotel Highlands Park:
A centrally located resort with its traditional, European style décor offers a range of winter activities. For skiing, you could take the Gulmarg Gondola to reach Mount Apharwat or try heli-skiing. Heli-skiing allows the guests to make the most of the usually inaccessible peaks through a helicopter. To add to the entire winter sports experience, the hotel also has après ski facilities like a lounge and a discotheque, where you could dance your heart out and keep yourself warm in the company of fellow travellers.
- The Vintage:
A 28-key luxury hotel situated at an altitude of 2739 metres, offers a sense of calm to its guests after an adventurous day. Rooms made from Oakwood and finely crafted Kashmiri dewri stone offer a breath-taking view of Kashmir’s valleys and the meadows. Host of activities like skiing, heli-skiing, snowboarding and ice-skating, make the resort a perfect choice for beginners as well as advanced level skiers.
- Solang Valley Resort:
Located on the banks of river Beas in the Kullu valley, in the foreground of Beas Kund glacier and the Dauladhar range, the Solang valley resort attracts tourists for trekking in summers and skiing in winters. You could make the most of the snow-clad ranges while skiing, snow-tubing and snow scooting.
- The Himalayan:
Built in the Victorian Gothic-Revival style, The Himalayan is one of the premier luxury hotels in Manali. Located 30 minutes away from ski slopes, the hotel has a range of amenities to rejuvenate a traveller after a sporty day out in the snow.
- Manuallaya Resort:
This secluded hotel, with over 11 types of accommodations, offers sensational views of the Beas River on one side and green meadows carpeted with wildflowers on the other. You could enjoy Himachal’s winter carnival while also gliding down the ski slopes of Kufri, Manali and Narkanda. For the ones who want to take it a step further, you could also go heli-skiing here.
- Clifftop Club:
Located in the Garhwal Himalayas, this adventure resort is located at an altitude of 10,000 feet. It offers a clear view of the Nanda Devi, Dronagiri, Kamet, Trishul, Neelkanth and Mukut ranges. Built on difficult terrain, the ones who dare to drive up to this place are rewarded with scenic views and could revel in heli-skiing and cross-country skiing.