A Lavish Escape to the Heaven on Earth- Kashmir at Its Best in Winters

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19th Jan 2017
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Gulmarg-Kashmir

Kashmir - "The land of heaven" or "The Paradise on Earth". The place where I get more peace of mind and the positive energy, it makes me feel fresh and alive. An inspiration for so much art,adventure , music and poetry. It is a nature lover’s wonderland. Kashmir for me is the best place in the entire world to travel, especially in winters when the beauty is at its peak. It is like a Snow-land and becomes available for skiing, sledge riding , ATV bike riding and what not.

I have been to Kashmir several times before but this one was special as we wanted to experience its beauty in peak winters. The whole idea was to plan a leisure trip with family where all of us could go for the best adventure in the form of Skiing.

Also last few times we were in Gulmarg there weren't any resorts or hotels where we could experience the ultimate luxury, but with the KHYBER HIMALAYAN RESORTS AND SPA coming in to picture it was obvious to plan a trip especially for this.

If we were planning a leisure trip it was obvious to opt for VIVANTA BY TAJ for our stay in Srinagar.

It was a 4 days trip where we spent two days in Gulmarg (Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa) and two days in Srinagar (Vivanta By Taj).

Itinerary Day Wise:

Gulmarg-Khyber

Gulmarg which means "Meadow of Flowers" is the most beautiful hillstation in India.

For Gulmarg we flew from Delhi to Srinagar and from there we drove to Gulmarg . This ride was very adventurous and very different as we were in normal Innova but their tyres had chains rolled all over them so that it does not skit along the 3 feet snow covered roads.

Chains rolled over the tyres so that they do not loose traction

Photo of Jammu and Kashmir by Shubhangi Jeswal

It was an amazing two hours drive with some best views from airport to Gulmarg. The entire landscape was covered with snow .

Locals were chilling on the roads

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The indian army on their foot.

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Kangri- A traditional kashmiri earthen pot woven around filled with hot embers which realises heat. It helped us a lot throughout the journey.

Photo of A Lavish Escape to the Heaven on Earth- Kashmir at Its Best in Winters by Shubhangi Jeswal

Khyber is located at the top of Gulmarg Valley. So it took us another 1o minutes to reach there. But as we stepped inside the resort the view made us forget everything else that was going on. Khyber has imbibed the kashmiri culture entirely and thus our welcome drink was Kahwa (Traditional Kashmiri tea).

Kahwa being served as the welcome drink

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View from the coffee shop of Khyber

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Photo of A Lavish Escape to the Heaven on Earth- Kashmir at Its Best in Winters by Shubhangi Jeswal

The amazing part of Khyber- Heated swimming pool with this kind of view.

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The freezing of dripping water into icicles

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The most amazing part of Khyber- the heated swimmimg pool with this view.

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Khyber has an amazing french spa

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The traditional kashmiri sitting

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The traditional kashmiri kettle

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The playroom which has so many things to keep the kids and entire family entertained

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Rooms with this kind of view

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The view from its hookah bar

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We were taught how kahwa is prepared

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Photo of A Lavish Escape to the Heaven on Earth- Kashmir at Its Best in Winters by Shubhangi Jeswal

Every floor has a lobby like this

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This....

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We were in the resort the entire day one. We played games in the playroom and just admired the view.

Khyber gave us the best hospitality ever. We were all very happy with the kind of personalized treatment we got from the entire staff. It is one of the top 10 resorts of Asia and truly deserves it.

Day 2

Skiing in Gulmarg-

Day 2 was adventure filled one for all of us. We decided to go for the popular adventure sports there. We did Skiing , ATV Bike Riding and Snow Sledging.

It was not just about these sports but the kind of experience we had throughout the day. We could not have had enough of snow capped mountains. The landscapes looked straight out of the fairy tales.

I have been to Switzerland as well, but trust me it could not beat Kashmir in January. The pictures further will definitely proof this.

SNOWLAND in GULMARG

Photo of GULMARG SKI TOUR, Gulmarg by Shubhangi Jeswal

The so called haunted hotel

Photo of GULMARG SKI TOUR, Gulmarg by Shubhangi Jeswal
Photo of GULMARG SKI TOUR, Gulmarg by Shubhangi Jeswal

The ATV Bike Riding

Photo of GULMARG SKI TOUR, Gulmarg by Shubhangi Jeswal

A Hindu Temple where the famous song "Jai jai shivshankar " was shot

Photo of GULMARG SKI TOUR, Gulmarg by Shubhangi Jeswal

When all of us Skiied

Photo of GULMARG SKI TOUR, Gulmarg by Shubhangi Jeswal

The most famous peak "Nanga Parbat " was visible from Gulmarg

Photo of GULMARG SKI TOUR, Gulmarg by Shubhangi Jeswal

Houses straight out from Fairytales

Photo of GULMARG SKI TOUR, Gulmarg by Shubhangi Jeswal
Photo of GULMARG SKI TOUR, Gulmarg by Shubhangi Jeswal

Snow Sledging

Photo of GULMARG SKI TOUR, Gulmarg by Shubhangi Jeswal

The Golf Course

Photo of GULMARG SKI TOUR, Gulmarg by Shubhangi Jeswal
Photo of GULMARG SKI TOUR, Gulmarg by Shubhangi Jeswal

Hence i want to say that Gulmarg is nothing less than a dream.

Vivanta by taj - Srinagar

After saying goodbye to Gulmarg we head towards Srinagar where we had our stay in Vivanta by Taj. It is a property located above and ahead of the Dal Lake and gives the best possible view of the Dal Lake and the entire Srinagar.

We all know that the Taj group can not go wrong with their hospitality thus it does not need any special mention.

They treat you like kings and serve you like one. The have a infinity pool but was not functional because of the snow.

You can spot The Taj from the Dal Lake- The property at the top

Photo of Vivanta by Taj - Dal View, Srinagar by Shubhangi Jeswal

The panoramic view of the town from the Taj

Photo of Vivanta by Taj - Dal View, Srinagar by Shubhangi Jeswal
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Sunset at TAj

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The cottage style rooms in Taj

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Photo of A Lavish Escape to the Heaven on Earth- Kashmir at Its Best in Winters by Shubhangi Jeswal

The view of char chinnar at the Dal Lake

Photo of A Lavish Escape to the Heaven on Earth- Kashmir at Its Best in Winters by Shubhangi Jeswal

We spent the day at the hotel itself. Ate amazing pakoras and chai and its coffee shop and played games.

Day 4

Sightseeing and Shopping in Srinagar

Srinagar is famous for its Shankaracharya Temple which is located at top of the city and gives a panoramic view of the city. To reach the temple you have to take a flight of approx 150 steps but once you are up there the view of Jhelum river and entire Srinagar will mesmerize you.It was a temple of 9th century and stands tall and strong. No camera is allowed at the temple to take any picture of that view.

Also Kashmir is a paradise for shopaholics. People who loves handicrafts and articrafts they must definitely save a lot of time to shop in Kashmir.From Pashmina to Paper Mache you get a large variety of such handicrafts.

Shikara Ride in Dal Lake is the most peacful activity you can opt for. But in extreme winters the lake get frozen and shikara ride gets really impossible to do.

Paper Mache product.

Photo of Shankaracharya temple, Srinagar, Srinagar by Shubhangi Jeswal

Enroute Shankaracharya Temple

Photo of Shankaracharya temple, Srinagar, Srinagar by Shubhangi Jeswal

Shikara Ride and the Chaar Chinnar in Dal Lake

Photo of Shankaracharya temple, Srinagar, Srinagar by Shubhangi Jeswal

I will never forget these four days in KASHMIR in January. I have been to several countries and places but I always have and will keep coming back to Kashmir.

With a very heavy heart we checked out of the hotel and head towards the airports on the 5th day.

And to make it easier than saying Goodbye: I told Kashmir a Hello in advance for the next time I get to see it.

Trip Costing

Flight ticket cost from Delhi to Srinagar and back-

8000 Rs per person.

Khyber Himalayan Resort-

18000 Rs for a double room for one day

Taj Vivanta -Srinagar-

16000 Rs for a double room for one day

Transport for sightseeing and transfers-

1200 Rs per person per day

Meals Cost-

1000 Rs per person per meal

Total cost per head for 4 days -

50000 Rs

Note: The cost is high because the stay and meals were all in 5 star properties.

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