Winters. Those blessed few weeks of the year when the whole country gets a much-needed respite from the (mostly) harsh summers.
There is nothing quite like a chilly day spent inside, preferably in front of a roaring fire and with a steaming mug of hot chocolate in hand. Aren’t you swooning already?
So without much further ado, here are our top five picks for winter stays where you can get your ‘chill’ on:
The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa, Gulmarg
The untouched, heavenly beauty of Kashmir is enough to mesmerize anyone, but if you’re going in winters, you MUST stay at this iconic property to truly experience all that ‘Heaven on Earth’ has to offer! All modern amenities are to be found here, but what truly seals the deal, is the uninterrupted views of the Affarwat peaks of the Pir Panjal Mountain Range in the Himalayas.
Bonus: It’s a 10-minute walk from the famous Gulmarg Gondola!Book Your Stay
The Elgin, Darjeeling
Do yourself a favour this winter, and head to The Elgin in Darjeeling. This lavish heritage property in the heart of Darjeeling town, and boasts of tasteful colonial decor and Victorian architecture. The interiors are adorned with period Burma teak furnishings, and the rooms provide stunning views of Himalayan peaks.
Bonus: It is just 1.1 km away from the Darjeeling Railway Station!Book Your Stay
Woodays Resort, Kufri
If you’ve always dreamed of staying in a wooden house in the lap of nature, the Woodays Resort will delight you! It’s definitely bigger (and swankier) than a mere wooden cottage, with secluded location, multi-cuisine dining and awesome views of the valley!
Bonus: It’s 17 km away from The Mall Road, therefore far enough from the hustle and bustle, but not so far that you can’t venture out!Book Your Stay
The Savoy, Ooty
What about staying in your very own cottage on top of hills, where clouds pass you and mist engulfs you? You can do all that and much more at The Savoy in Ooty. Sitting high on a hill since 1829, it spreads over six acres of lush, landscaped gardens and is definitely one of the best properties in Ooty!
Bonus: This quiet English-style retreat exudes old world charm, yet provides facilities like a spa and a gym!Book Your Stay
Larisa Resort, Manali
No list of winter hotels will ever be complete without a mention of Manali! But where does one stay for the best experience of the Kullu hills? The answer: Larisa! This secluded property has tastefully-done wooden interiors, an outdoor pool, an in-house spa and is especially known for its superb facilities and hospitality.
Bonus: It’s got both mountain view AND garden view rooms!Book Your Stay
Don’t forget to check your destination’s COVID-19 travel guidelines before planning your trip!