The Ultimate List Of 10 Best Himalayan Resorts For People Who Love The Mountains

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India is blessed with the tallest and largest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas, and the hospitality industry has used this blessing to create a stunning array of mountain resorts. These ultra-luxurious hotels, each unique in its own right, promise an unparalleled experience.

The list includes modern architectural marvels, historical buildings that were once home to the British viceroys, small wooden cottages on the river bank and a yogic retreat that caters to the stars. Here are our top 10 hotels in the Himalayas, take your pick!

Photo of The Himalayan, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Sreshti Verma

Ideal for: Couples looking for an active yet romantic retreat in the mountains.

Where: Hadimba Road, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Price: Rs 8,000 onwards

Photo of The Himalayan, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Sreshti Verma

Facilities: The Himalayan organises activities such as camping, canyoning, jeep-safari, mountain-biking, paragliding, rock-climbing, skiing, trekking, white-water rafting. Facilities such as a pool-side bar, tennis court and spa and wellness centre are also offered here.

Other things to do nearby: Take some time to visit the ancient Hadimba Temple, which is nearby. You can also visit Vashisht, a sleepy village known for its natural hot spring. Take a walk through Old Manali to check out delicious cafes and the Manu Temple. You can also have the hotel arrange a drive till Rohtang Pass, if you seek a little adventure.

Photo of Atali Ganga, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Sreshti Verma

Ideal for: Groups of family or friends who want to experience nature and adventure in the lap of luxury.

Where: Atali Dogi, Rishikesh-Badrinath Road, Tehri Garhwal, Tapovan, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Price: From Rs 16,000 per night

Photo of The Ultimate List Of 10 Best Himalayan Resorts For People Who Love The Mountains by Sreshti Verma

Facilities: Atali Ganga organises activities such as rafting, kayaking, yoga lessons, mountaineering, trekking and mountain biking. Facilities such as car rental, bicycle rental, sports centre, spa and wellness centre and tours are also offered here.

Other things to do nearby: Definitely try your hand at some of the many adventure sports offered in the foothills of Rishikesh. The hotel can arrange rafting, as well as bungee jumping services for you. Hike to the famous Beatles Ashram from Ram Jhoola. If you have a little more time at your disposal, then ride a bicycle to the the Kunjapuri Devi Temple near Narendar Nagar.

Photo of Rokeby Manor, Mussoorie, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Sreshti Verma

Ideal for: A quiet and romantic getaway to a sleepy mountain town.

Where: Rajmandi, Landour Cantt, Dehradun, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Price: Rs 10,000 onwards

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Facilities: Rokeby Manor organises activities such as mountaineering, trekking and mountain drives. Facilities such as free WiFi, bicycle rental, sports centre, spa and wellness services are also offered here.

Other things to do nearby: Landour is a beautifully-located Himalayan village that has still not caught mainstream attention. It is a great place to go on short and long hikes, such as a two-hour hike to Pari Tibba or a longer trek to Nag Tibba. Take long and scenic drive to the town's end at Happy Valley or farther to the Surkunda Devi Temple. If you are a Ruskin Bond fan, then take some time out to fangirl in front of his house.

Photo of The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa, Hotel Khyber Road, Forest Block by Sreshti Verma

Ideal for: A luxurious getaway to spoil you and your favourite set of friends.

Where: Gulmarg Wildlife Sanctuary, Hotel Khyber Rd, Forest Block, Jammu and Kashmir

Price: Rs 18,000 onwards

Photo of The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa, Hotel Khyber Road, Forest Block by Sreshti Verma

Facilities: The Khyber Resort organises activities such as skiing, trekking, horse riding, golfing and private screening of select Hindi or English movies. Facilities such as a well-renowned spa and wellness centre, indoor pool, fitness centre and four fine-dining restaurants including a cigar and sheesha lounge are also offered here.

Other things to do nearby: You definitely should not miss out on trying all snow sports related activities such as skiing, sledging and ATV bike riding. Gulmarg is nearly 2 hours away from Srinagar, so make sure to take out time for sight-seeing in Srinagar. The Shankaracharya Temple with its 200-steps is popular amongst travellers, and so are the shikara rides on Dal Lake.

Photo of The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, Nabha, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India by Sreshti Verma

Ideal for: A family that wants to experience luxury, heritage and comfort, all under one roof.

Where: Chaura Maidan Road, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Price: Rs 19,000 onwards

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Facilities: The Oberoi Cecil organises activities such as a colonial heritage tour of the property and a walk in the nearby woods. Facilities such as a well-renowned spa and wellness centre, indoor pool, fitness centre and two fine dining restaurants are also offered here.

Other things to do nearby: If you are in Shimla, you cannot leave without paying a visit to the many historical structures of the colonial era. The Viceregal Lodge is the largest of them all and was built to accommodate the British viceroys in summer. The Gaiety Theatre dates back to 1877 when it was the hub of cultural events amongst British viceroys, now it hosts numerous theatrical performances that you should check out. Do visit the Maria Brothers antiquarian bookstore and find treasures hidden in long dusty lanes of bookshelves.

Photo of Glenburn Tea Estate, Kambal Tea Garden, West Bengal, India by Sreshti Verma

Ideal for: Nature lovers and bird watchers who are willing to spend some extra bucks for a memorable experience.

Where: Near Singritan, Darjeeling, West Bengal

Price: Rs 36,000 onward

Photo of The Ultimate List Of 10 Best Himalayan Resorts For People Who Love The Mountains by Sreshti Verma

Facilities: The Glenburn Tea Estate's cost for one night includes activities and facilities such as an airport shuttle, transportation to and from Darjeeling, nature and bird walks, all meals, personal tours of the tea estate and a stay in the Camp Glenburn Log Cabin on the river bank.

Other things to do nearby: The Glenburn Tea Estate is located in the heart of Darjeeling and is just a short walk away from Mall Road. Glenary's and Frank Ross Restaurant are two iconic eateries of Darjeeling, definitely check them out. The Happy Valley Tea Estate is under an hour from the hill town, you can either walk till here or ask the hotel to arrange for transportation. Also, take a ride on the historic Darjeeling Himalayan Railways to pay a short visit to the Ghoom Monastery.

Photo of Ananda In The Himalayas, Narendra Nagar, Uttarakhand, India by Sreshti Verma

Ideal for: Having the most epic yogic retreat of your life.

Where: The Palace Estate, Narendra Nagar – Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand

Price: Rs 47,000 onward

Photo of Ananda In The Himalayas, Narendra Nagar, Uttarakhand, India by Sreshti Verma

Facilities: The Ananda in the Himalayas offers various spa treatments, wellness programs such as weight management, detox, Ayurvedic rejuvenation and stress management. Facilities such as a wellness centre, infinity pool, fitness centre and organic fine dining restaurants are also offered here.

Other things to do nearby: Narendra Nagar was once home to the king of Tehri kingdom, his palace is now converted into the Ananda Spa. You can trek to the Kunjapuri Devi Temple as well. The town, other than natural beauty, doesn't have much to offer. If you want to explore some more, then definitely head down to Rishikesh and try your hand at some adventure sports, such as rafting and bungee jumping.

Photo of Wildflower Hall, Charabra, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India by Sreshti Verma

Ideal for: Couples revelling in honeymoon romance and looking for a beautiful place to get lost.

Where: Shimla Kufri Highway, Chharabra, Shimla

Price: Rs 28,000 onwards

Photo of The Ultimate List Of 10 Best Himalayan Resorts For People Who Love The Mountains by Sreshti Verma

Facilities: The Wildflower Hall organises activities such as trekking, outdoor picnics by the river or atop the mountain and private yoga sessions. Facilities such as a well-renowned spa and wellness centre, indoor pool, outdoor jacuzzi, fitness centre and three fine-dining restaurants are also offered here.

Other things to do nearby: Mashobra is situated on the outskirts of Shimla and is the location of the President's retreat. The place is a hub of natural beauty and offers several short hikes in its premises. Just 3km from Mashobra is Carignano, a picnic spot which was once the villa of an Italian photographer who was commissioned by Queen Victoria. You can take packed food here for a lunch in the lap of the Himalayas.

Photo of Netuk House, Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Sreshti Verma

Ideal for: Lovers of heritage and history, who want to feel like Sikkimese royalty for a day.

Where: Tibet Road, East Sikkim, Gangtok, Sikkim

Price: Rs 5,200 onwards

Photo of Netuk House, Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Sreshti Verma

Facilities: The Netuk House offers facilities such as car rental, bicycle rental, trekking guides, a fitness centre and a fine dining restaurant.

Other things to do nearby: Gangtok is the perfect gateway to explore the deeper regions of Sikkim, such as North and East Sikkim. But if you don't have much time at your hand, then check out local attractions such as the Tsuklakhang Monastery. You can also take short but scenic hikes to Hanuman Tok and Ganesha Tok. Drive to the beautiful and captivating Tsongmo Lake, which is under 3hours away from Gangtok.

Photo of The Grand Dragon Ladakh, Leh by Sreshti Verma

Ideal for: Travellers who like adventure, with a dose of luxury.

Where: Old Road, Sheynam, Leh Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

Price: Rs 9,500 onwards

Photo of The Grand Dragon Ladakh, Leh by Sreshti Verma

Facilities: The Grand Dragon organises activities such as cycle tours, trekking, camel safari, jeep safari, picnics, white water rafting and tours of attractions nearby the hotel. Facilities such as car rental, fitness centre and a fine dining restaurant are also offered here.

Other things to do nearby: Situated in the Himalayan desert of Ladakh, the Grand Dragon is in close proximity to most of the iconic attractions of Leh. Do visit the Main Bazaar in Leh, where you will get everything you need or forgot back home. The Zorawar Fort and Leh Palace are also easily approachable from the hotel. While your stay here, take some time out to pay your respects to the martyrs represented at the Hall of Fame.

What is your favourite escape in the hills? Let me know in the comments' section below. And for everything related to hotels such as best beach resorts in India and the difference between a five-star and four-star hotel, click here!

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There are Luxurious Hotels in Bhutan also like: Hotel Le Meriden, Hotel Aman Kora, Hotel COMOS Uma, Taj Hotel, Gangtey Lodge, Dhensa Boutique Resort, Nak Sal Boutique Resort & Spa and Terma Lingca Resort & Spa. Contact us if you are looking for the private Luxurious tour to Bhutan. Email: info@charismabhutan.com
Fri 05 25 18, 18:10 · Reply · Report
i have been to some of these resorts and its just wonderful! i would like to add Apple Orchard Resort in Lachen, North Sikkim and Yarlem Resorts in Lachung, North Sikkim. Worth trying!
Sat 04 01 17, 18:20 · Reply · Report
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