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From the snow-capped mountains of Gulmarg to the shimmering waters of the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir is a state of contrasts. Whilst it has seen some turbulent times in the past and it is worth keeping an eye on the local situation before travelling, today it is widely considered a safe and indeed idyllic travel destination. Our pick of the best places to stay in Jammu and Kashmir include a wide range from houseboats to Mughal palaces.
Skiing mecca in winter, hikers' paradise in summer; depending on what you are after there is something to do in Gulmarg all year round. It is a popular shooting location for Bollywood movies thanks to some stunning scener. This has increased its popularity as a holiday destination in recent years, and today there are some excellent hotels to choose from.
Head up to Mount Afarwat, by foot, pony or more conveniently gondola. From 3747m enjoy far reaching views across to Pakistan’s Nanga Parbat on a clear day. The most convenient accommodation for skiing is located closer to the gondola entrance.
If visiting in the summer months then hiking is what you are here for. Trek through meadows and thick pine forest, with the local birds’ song to cheer you on. From intermediate treks into the Pir Panjal Mountains to popular day hikes to Khilanmarg and Alpathar Lake.
For equine enthusiasts or if walking is just not your thing then pony trekking is popular here also. There are plenty of unique ways to experience Gulmarg’s beauty.
Gulmarg’s nearest airport is in Srinigar, just 56km and a wonderfully scenic drive away.
Overlooked by the majestic Zabarwan Mountains in the distance, Srinagar is the largest city in Jammu and Kashmir and a former summer capital. Famed for its mesmerizingly placid Dal Lake, on which a flurry of life orbits, it is awash with colourful houseboats and floating markets bob along its waters.It is along these waters that George Harrison learned to play the sitar taught by the legend, Ravi Shankar.
This long, still lake runs between the city centre right through to the old city of Srinagar to the northwest. The lake itself is surrounded by the centuries-old Mughal Gardens: Chesmashahi, Nishat and Shalimar. Representing the emperor's responsible for commissioning them ideas of paradise they feature manicured gardens, a splash of colour from brimming flower boxes and sonorous fountains.
Make sure not to miss the lesser known Nigeen Lake, located to the west of the Dal Lake, connected by a narrow straight. Overlooked by the Hari Prabat range and surrounded by poplars and willows it is a wonderfully peaceful visit.
Best visited in the summer months when the average temperature is in the balmy low twenties. It is beautiful in winter, under a blanket of snow, however be wary if booking budget options as not everywhere has hot water! Book early to avoid disappointment.
In Jammu and Kashmir's Eastern reaches you'll find Ladakh, another haven for trekkers and adrenaline junkies - there's some serious white water rafting to be had here! It's pretty much a summer or spring only destination, as many of the village are completely inaccessible during the winter months. Just don't forget to acclimatization first if you're planning a trek. With altitudes of 10000m and more, it's not somewhere for the faint-hearted!
The Hotel Guru's selection of the best places to stay in Jammu and Kashmir is wide ranging: from houseboats to homestays there are plenty of great places to stay.
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Still not sure which to book? From heritage to luxury browse through our list of the best places to stay in Jammu and Kashmir to start to plan your trip. Or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
A quaint haven of verdant lawns, paved pathways and flowerbeds bursting with roses, situated in the heart of Srinagar. Rooms are clean and comfortable, but the welcome and hospitality are second to none. Come here for a real home from home experience and to soak up genuine Srinagar.
The Kaal provides a simple, yet homely stay in Leh. Rooms have wood panelling, living areas and large windows, typical of the region, which open up onto terraces or private balconies. Bathrooms are basic. There is a pleasant sunny garden and restaurant serving local dishes - momos are a speciality!
Srinagar (Nandpora, Rianawar)
Whilst the interiors could do with a some updating, the picturesque setting, right beside the Nigeen Lake (much less frequented than Dal Lake), more than makes up for this. The gardens are filled with roses and tulips and plenty of nooks to relax with a good book. Rooms are large and wood panelled.
From the approach Gomang is your typical Ladakhi hotel, complete with intricate wood carving. Step inside and it is a stylish, boutique offering. Rooms feature hardwood flooring, beds with leather headboards and colourful scatter cushions. Bathrooms are clean and modern. And there's a sunny garden!
In the most outstanding location, overlooking the flowing River Indus, Apricot Tree is a true escape. With intricate woodwork and ornate, colourful Buddhist paintings there is even a traditional Ladakhi kitchen where meals can be enjoyed. Rooms are large and bright and feature private balconies.
Housed in a traditional Ladakhi stately home this property provides a choice between tented accommodation or rooms in the house. All are effortlessly chic combining modern muted palettes and traditional Ladakhi fabrics and textiles. The food is superb, both French and Ladakhi and all included.
Srinagar (Dal Lake)
Sukoon is the first amongst equals on the Dal Lake. A comparatively new property they employ green credentials making it a stylish and sustainable stay. Intricately carved Kashmiri woodwork covers the walls and rooms feature bright pop colours, plus luxury bathrooms. There is a rooftop restaurant.
Comprised of 15 traditional yet modern Ladakhi cottages, all with stunning mountain views. There is a restaurant serving Indian, Ladakhi and Tibetan dishes. Dining under the stars, next to the bonfire proves very popular. A perfect location for exploring the Ladakh valley.
Nubra Valley,, Ladakh
Chic interiors encapsulated in a traditional Ladakhi abode. With plenty of tailor-made packages from family to romance and wellness, there is something for everyone. Located in the idyllic Nubra valley with views across the river, it is a stunning spot. Local, Indian and European dishes are served.
Jammu and Kashmir
Kashmir’s first glamping escape is the best place to stay in Sonamarg by a mile. Set on the River Sindh, in a region of astonishing natural beauty. Remote and magical.
Charming traditional Ladakhi property, with authentic kitchen and dining experience, located in the beautiful village of Stok. Rooms are a blend of traditional features: bamboo ceilings and wood panelled windows with modern pop colours. Nestled in a leafy private garden it is a relaxing stay.
A collection of houseboats moored on the Dal Lake, moments from Emperor Akbar's famous Mughal Gardens. Decorated in a traditional style with wood panelling, chandeliers and locally made handwoven rugs. Serving indulgent Kashmiri dishes as well as European there is even a private garden.
Gulmarg (Jammu and Kashmir)
In the loving hands of the family since 1966 this unique property has quaint gardens and stylish interiors in easy reach of Gulmarg's slopes. Rooms are beautifully decorated with graphic prints and antique retro furnishings. Cuisine is continental and Kashmiri - ideal for a day on the slopes.
Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir)
Built in 1910, Grand Palace was the former residence of Kashmiri royal family. True to its regal roots rooms are decorated in an opulent, yet not ostentatious style: quilted bedspreads, artwork and some four posters and fireplaces. There's a walnut clad bar and North Indian cuisine at The Chinar.
Gulmarg (Jammu and Kashmir)
High up in the Pir Panjal mountain range lies this luxurious retreat. Surpassing expectations it has four restaurants ranging from Kashmiri to Continental, afternoon tea and a cigar lounge. There is a sumptuous indoor pool and spa. Rooms include ornately upholstered furnishings and mountain views.
Built in 1820, Stok Palace is still the abode of the remaining Namgyal dynasty. Now open to the public it houses a fascinating museum filled with family heirlooms. Rooms are decorated with authentic Ladakhi furnishings including hand painted mandala paintings. One of a kind.
Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir)
1730 feet above Srinigar with far reaching views of the Dal Lake. Possessing all the style & service expected of a Taj: there's a top class spa. Restaurant-wise Latitude makes the most of those vistas whilst Jade Dragon serves Sichuan cuisine. Rooms are luxurious modern meets Mughal.
Overlooking snow-capped mountains and Thiksey monastery, The Chamba Camp's tents are superlative. With four poster beds, power showers, bespoke writing desks & private verandahs this is 'glamping' to the nth degree. The food is astounding: haute cuisine in high places. Operational June - September.