Feeling Delhi's Heat? Pack Your Bags And Head To This Ski Resort In Gulmarg ASAP!

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Anyone who's ever lived in North India or has experienced its winters, knows of the glisten that comes in our eyes with a mere mention of the cold season. As beautiful as this part of the country gets during winter, North India experiences an equally harsh summer. The sweltering heat makes life hell to say the least, leaving us with only one option—escaping to the hills!

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Done with overcrowded hill stations? Want to add a dash of adventure to your summer getaway? Well, Gulmarg has a beautiful ski resort that has been hiding in plain sight all along and deserves to be your next weekend getaway!

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Ideal for

The property is an ideal summer getaway for families and couples alike. Additionally, if you're someone who's never tried their hands at skiing, The Vintage is where you should be heading to right away!

About the property

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Seeking inspiration from the Victorian era and using traditional Kashmiri architecture, The Vintage brings a unique blend that's unlike any other. Rated as one of the best ski resorts in Gulmarg, the property offers luxurious stays right in the heart of this serene hill town.

The resort lets guests choose between what they call junior deluxe and vintage deluxe rooms, both of which come adept with all modern amenities such as dedicated workspaces, room service, wardrobes and free WiFi, amongst others. All these rooms have been designed meticulously ensuring that guests have plenty of room, get natural sunlight and enjoy the beautiful views from their rooms.

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In addition, The Vintage also has junior and vintage suites which are ideal for travellers who take the luxury factor seriously. Offering unmatched comfort, these suites also come with enclosed balconies where you can sit with your significant other and marvel at the lush green meadows of Gulmarg.

Food

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The Vintage boasts of an exciting array of dining options that are not only curated to titillate your tastebuds but also make you experience the best of Gulmarg. 1860, The Vintage's in-house fine dining restaurant is dedicated to the beauty of Kashmir and dishes out mouth-watering local delicacies. On the other hand, The Terrace and Garden Grill offer guests an experience of live culinary skills while enjoying gorgeous views and the fragrance of flowers and plants. The resort also has a coffee shop that makes for a great spot to immerse oneself in endless conversations over a hot cuppa.

Cost

A stay for two at The Vintage starts at ₹10,000 per night and goes up to ₹14,000 per night which happens to be the tariff for a vintage suite. The prices are inclusive of a hearty breakfast for the guests. 

Best time to go

Gulmarg attracts travellers throughout the year—while some come to escape from the sweltering heat, others prefer experiencing the extreme winters. The period between March to June makes for the ideal time to explore the region while November to February is the apt period to indulge in winter sports.

Things to do in and around the property

1. Experience the thrill of winter sports

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Gulmarg is one of the best destinations in the country to enjoy the thrill of winter sports. Beginners can hone their skiing and snowboarding skills on the gentle slopes in close proximity to the resort. On the other hand, experts can take a ride in The Gulmarg Gondola, Asia's highest and longest cable car project and ski down more than 2km and get the ultimate adrenaline rush. Additionally, you can also try your hand at ice skating in Gulmarg.

2. Go golfing at the highest golf course in the world

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Situated at an altitude of 2,650m, Gulmarg Golf Club holds the distinction of being the highest green golf course in the world. Started in 1911 by the British, the historic golf club makes for a beautiful spot to enjoy a game of golf amidst snow-capped peaks.

3. Explore the wilderness at Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve

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A haven for wildlife enthusiasts, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve makes for a popular attraction amongst travellers visiting the region. The endangered musk deer is the main attraction of the reserve while one can also spot other species of animals such as hangul, leopard, brown bear, black bear and red fox. Additionally, the reserve also attracts birdwatchers who come here to spot species such as griffon vulture, snow cock and Kashmir roller.

4. Spend an evening by Alpather Lake

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Located at a distance of 13km from Gulmarg, Alpather Lake is one of the best spots to embrace the serenity of nature. Surrounded by rocky mountains, Alpather Lake is situated at foothills of Apharwat Peak. A spot frequented by photographers and solace seekers, one can also reach the lake on a fun pony ride from Gulmarg that takes you through stunning snow trails.

5. Camp out in the middle of nowhere

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Though the exciting terrain of Gulmarg attracts trekkers in big numbers, there are also several sites that one can camp out in the lap of nature. The twin sites of Ningle Nallah and Ferozepur Nallah are amongst the best places in Gulmarg where you can spend a quiet night in the jungle. What's better is the fact that these places are great for some trout fishing—fresh catch, bonfires and tents, what more can one ask for in life?

Getting there

Here's how you can get to the property from New Delhi:

By air: There are several daily flights starting at ₹3,500 that connect New Delhi to Srinagar, nearest airport to The Vintage. Once you get down at Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport, hire a private cab to get to the property in another two hours (60km).

By train: There is no direct rail connectivity between New Delhi and Gulmarg with the nearest railway station being in Jammu, at a distance of 315km. It takes about 10-12 hours to travel from the capital city to Jammu, depending on the train you choose. Once you get down at Jammu, hop on to a local bus or hire a cab to get to The Vintage in about 11 hours.

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