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The best skiing resorts in India for an amazing winter adventure

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The best skiing resorts in India for an amazing winter adventure

The winters are here and have you not picked the right spot for an adventurous getaway yet? This year, whizz through the mighty Himalayas when the pristine white snow blankets the land as you indulge in some thrilling rides and winter sports on the snowy slopes. Ivory Station brings to you the best skiing resorts in India nestled in the heart of the mountains that offer you an array of winter sports like skiing and skating. So, pack your bags and get ready! 

Cliff Top Club

cliff top club skiing resort

Cliff Top Club

One of India’s best luxury skiing resorts located at 10,000 feet above sea level, Cliff Top Club is famous for hosting the annual National Winter Games. Located in Auli, the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand, the resort is a hotspot for winter sports and events. Cliff Top Club is the only skiing resort in Asia that is perched on a ski slope itself. You can avail of the ski school equipment to go heli-skiing, cross country-skiing or try other winter sports like ice skating or sledding. The hotel has 43 rooms including Studio Rooms, Single Rooms, and Family suites along with multi-cuisine dining. Daily bonfire evenings, barbeque snacks, and personalised itineraries make for a memorable stay. The resort also offers Honeymoon Packages starting from Rs35,350. Combined with luxurious suites and breathtaking views, this resort is a winter wonderland on its own. 

Prices: Starting from Rs. 8500 per night (excluding taxes)

Himalayan Castle Resort

Himalayan Castle Resort skiing resort

Himalayan Castle Resort

A sprawling resort in picturesque Manali, the Himalayan Castle resort is quite the eye-catcher. Constructed in a Victorian Gothic-Revival style, it stands in the middle of the mountains like a fairytale castle, nestled between cliffs, gardens, apple orchards, and waterfalls. You can stay either at the grand castle or its well-furnished cottages. It is only thirty minutes away from skiing slopes, making it a convenient stay for all winter sports enthusiasts. You can try a wide variety of activities like angling, camping, canyoning, jeep-safari, mountain climbing, paragliding, trekking, skiing, or white-water rafting. There are 8 duplex cottages with two bedrooms, and the castle has Premier Chambers, Grand Chambers, Classic Chambers, and Family Chambers. There’s a Parlour, a Refectory dining room, a Conservatory, and turrets that offer a 360-degree panoramic view of the grounds in the castle. 

Prices: Starting from Rs9,900 per night (excluding taxes)

Solang Valley Resort

Solang Valley Resort for skiing in India

Solang Valley Resort

Located in the snow-blanketed areas of Manali near River Beas at the Solang Valley, this luxury resort offers stunning views of the ice-capped Himalayan mountains. The resort attracts people during, both, summer and winter, for trekking, skiing, snow-tubing, and snow scooting.  There are a total of 70 rooms spread across three blocks and are furnished with teak wood to offer a vintage touch. The resort offers multiple packages including a Honeymoon package, a Rejuvenation package, a Christmas package, and a New Year package. The rooms include the presidential suite, the maharaja suite, the deluxe valley rooms, the glacier deluxe rooms, and the super deluxe rooms. It consists of a spa and the multi-cuisine restaurant serves local culinary delights like Thukpa, Momos, Laal Rajma, Tudkiya Bhaat, Chha Gosht, or the Grilled Trout. And what’s more? It has got a great riverside restaurant with live music.

Prices: Starting from Rs8,999 per night (excluding taxes)

The Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa

Khyber Himalayan Resort and spa for skiing

Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa

This luxury skiing resort covers seven acres of Himalayan coniferous forests in the Pir Panjal ranges. At this epitome of luxury, the hospitable staff will help you navigate through the resort that has 85 regally furnished rooms, finely-decorated interiors, specialty restaurants serving delicious cuisine, a heated swimming pool, mini-theatre, a children’s club, and a well-equipped spa for relaxation and rejuvenation. There are both rooms and cottages available for booking and the four restaurants and lounges are perfect to accommodate your every need. 

Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa also offers various skiing packages that you can choose from. This makes it one of the best skiing resorts in India. One of the highest ski lifts, the Gulmarg Gondola, is very close by, and it can take you to the Kongdoori mountain, which is one of the highest ski points in the Himalayas. For your skiing adventure, you’ll be trained or assisted by qualified instructors, sturdy equipment, and all the accessories and safety gear that will be required for an exhilarating day out in the snow. 

Price: Starting from Rs31,136 per night (excluding taxes)

Hotel Highlands Park

Hotel Highlands Park skiing

Hotel Highlands Park

In Hotel Highlands Park located in Gulmarg, you can try various snow sports like skiing, ice skating, and snowboarding. The hotel has a more traditional European flavor to it, with one main building and eight separate cottages. However, it is unquestionably comfortable, which also has nine luxury suites, 26 double rooms, seven cottages, a beautiful lounge, and a discotheque to dance your heart out. The grand dining lounge with the traditional ‘Khatambandh’ ceilings, paneled walls, and stunning views offers cuisines that focus on freshly produced and locally sourced ingredients. There, you’ll get the finest Continental, Kashmiri, Chinese, and Mughlai food with authentic taste. This resort is close to Gulmarg Gondola as well, so you can take a trip through the longest cable car ride to Mount Apharwat and try heli-skiing.  

Prices: Starting from Rs11,000 per night (excluding taxes)

The Vintage Gulmarg

The Vintage Gulmarg resort for skiing in India

The Vintage Gulmarg

As the name suggests, this resort has a luxuriously vintage touch to it, with intricate Oakwood and Kashmiri Dewri stone furnishing in its 28 sprawling rooms that offer beautiful views. There are special package discounts for long stays and you can have your fill from the fine restaurant, the café, the alfresco dining, or the garden grill according to your preference. There is also a spa that is sure to pamper your senses. The rooms include the junior deluxe rooms, the vintage deluxe rooms, the junior suites, and the vintage suites. You can do a range of activities there, including skiing, snowboarding, heli-skiing, and ice-skating. No matter what your level of experience with snow sports, it has something for everyone.

Prices: Starting from Rs.11,000 per night (excluding taxes)

Manuallaya Resort

Manuallaya resort for skiing

Manuallaya Resort

A sprawling contemporary, luxury resort in Manali, Manuallaya is picture-perfect with long marble corridors, interiors that fuse the traditional elements with modern style and in its cottages, open lawns, a spa, meeting facilities, gymnasium, and an indoor temperature-controlled pool. The wintertime offers the perfect opportunity to indulge in snow sports and even attend Himachal’s winter carnival. You can choose from the balcony room, deluxe room, garden room or the orchard view room. If you want to crank it up a notch higher, you can choose from the Duplex suite, Deluxe suite or the Royal suite or go for one of the cottages. Dine in the all day multi–cuisine Café Jardin or in the Indian specialty restaurant Kibber. If you are craving oriental food, you can dine in D’Jong and later wash it down with some liquor as you relax with a book at the Library Bar. 

Prices: Starting from Rs8,100 per night (excluding taxes)

Negi’s Hotel Mayflower

Negi’s Hotel Mayflower skiing resort in india

Negi’s Hotel Mayflower

This resort, located in Manali, will make you feel right at home with its cozy, warm, and Colonial furnishing. Its comfortable environment and authentic British cuisine are a great addition to the thrilling snow sports it offers. It consists of both Deluxe suites and Family rooms and also offers travel assistance. You will be guided if you want to go for any adventurous activities but don’t know where to start. An in-house restaurant provides you with delicious food. Well-known for its hospitality and excellence in service, Negi’s Hotel Mayflower makes for the perfect, budget friendly luxury stay. 

Prices: Starting from Rs8,349 per night (excluding taxes)

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