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Hotel Highlands Park

Hotel Highlands Park5/51
Hotel Highlands Park5 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
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Established in the early 1960s, the Hotel Highlands Park oozes old world tradition. The hotel is a throwback to the old colonial days combined with old army influence and traditional Kashmiri architecture and décor.

Hotel Highlands Park is a deluxe hotel that offers exceptional service, amazing food, and plenty of charm, and the lounge bar has the best social atmosphere in Gulmarg.

Where is the Hotel Highlands Park?

Hotel Highlands Park is located in Gulmarg Kashmir, perched up in a fabulous spot on a hill so you can fully appreciate the fine grandeur of Mt Apharwat. The hotel is ski-in ski-out to one of the poma runs (for intermediates), whilst the main event, the Gulmarg Gondola is about 2km down the road from the hotel. It’s about 10 minutes walk/ski to the gondola and you can walk back up to the hotel or catch a taxi. From the commonly used road entrance, it’s a bit of a walk up to the hotel rooms, but porters will carry your luggage or your snow equipment if you wish.

Hotel Rooms

Hotel Highlands Park consists of one central building and 8 separate cottage-style buildings that house the guest rooms and suites.

The hotel has 26 double rooms, some of which can be configured as a king bed or 2 single beds. All rooms are tastefully decorated, have a TV, a day bed and/or sitting area, and a refurbished bathroom with rain shower and full sized tub. Unusually for a Gulmarg hotel, the hot water works 24 hours a day.

Rooms are heated by bukharis, wood stoves that are maintained by the very professional hotel staff, whilst the bathrooms have a separate heating facility.

The hotel also has 9 luxuriously appointed suites which incorporate a full size bedroom, a separate sitting room, dressing rooms and in some cases, 2 separate bathrooms.

Hotel Facilities

Hotel facilities and service include:

  • Table tennis
  • Internet (limited)
  • Currency exchange
  • Massage services
  • Even a barber service!!
  • A couple of great shops are on site as well – Ladakh Art Palace and Faiz Shawls
  • Generator power backup
  • No smoking property


The dining room/restaurant at the Highlands Park is aesthetically lovely, with gorgeous old world furniture, walls adored with unique objects that reflect the Gulmarg character, and trophies from the old days when hunting was allowed.

You can have a continental breakfast or a range of cooked items.

For dinner, the lovely cuisine includes old Continental, Kashmiri and Mughlai recipes, and the kitchen has an old fashioned (clay oven) tandoor. If you’ve had your fill of Indian cuisine, you can also order a burger or sandwich.

Food is also available in the bar and via room service.

Lounge Bar

The lounge bar has been renovated whilst still retaining its charm with Khatambandh ceilings, panelled walls and walnut wood furniture, and a combination of golf posters and other relics from past British rule. One part of the bar has huge windows with perfect views of the Pir Panjal Mountains.

The lounge bar is home to the best après ski scene in Gulmarg, and is popular with non hotel and hotel guests alike. Drinks must be purchased with cash.

Why Stay at the Hotel Highlands Park Gulmarg?

Old world charm, well appointed rooms, great staff, awesome bar, top food and facilities.




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The main building of the hotel
A magical setting
A short walk between the guest rooms & breakfast
Our charming room was very spacious
The lounge bar was a very social spot
We had a magical stay at the Hotel Highlands Park, which offered an authentic Kashmir experience with plenty of charm. It was rather deluxe in some respects and in others it took us back to the simplicity of Kashmir life. There was something quite delightful about wandering along the snowy paths between the main building and our cottage room, and greeting all the male staff along the way.

The location was ideal for access to one of the poma runs, but it was a decent distance away from the Gulmarg Gondola and the rest of the village. Sometimes we’d walk back up to the hotel and other times catch a taxi, but from the main hotel entrance used by the taxis, we still had an uphill trudge to get to the room. But hey if you can skin up mountains at 4,000 metres, then walking around the hotel grounds should be feasible too! One of the huge bonuses of the location was that it was quiet and it felt remote, and being perched up on the hill allowed for glorious mountain views.

We stayed in a beautiful room that was very large and offered amazing views out 2 sets of windows. The king bed was really comfortable and the day bed was also a nice spot to chillax after a day of skiing. The bathroom was renovated and whilst at times the water pressure wasn’t the best, the water was reliably hot, which is not something you take for granted in Gulmarg. The bukhari pumped out a lot of heat (almost too much at times) and it took a little while to get used to the men wandering into the room to stoke the fire, with only just a quick knock of warning. Once we got used to this, we loved having this very attentive butler service.

The food was a highlight of the hotel. Breakfasts had enough variety and I loved ordering a hot item each morning such as a spicy masala omelette. For dinner, the group ordered lots of share dishes so it was great to try an array of Kashmiri cuisine.

Every night we’d retreat to the lounge before dinner when it was reasonably quiet, and the sunken lounge near one of the combustion fires was a particularly great place to chill. After dinner, the bar typically fired up a bit more when others from around town would turn up. The bar sold beer and whiskey, with basic yet pricy wine only arriving on our last night.

We had a couple of massages which were good value and very welcome after hiking at Gulmarg. Like the rest of Kashmir, the communications were appalling, so not the hotels fault. There was only wifi in the lounge bar and it was so limited that most of the time it was non-existent. All social media had been blocked by the Indian government, so it was nice to be forced into just relaxing in the bar rather than reading socials. Also as is common place in Gulmarg, the power went off frequently and sometimes it would take a little while for the hotel’s generator to kick in. All part of the adventure of visiting Kashmir!

Our visit to Gulmarg was incredibly special, and staying at the Highlands Park was definitely a major part of the appeal.
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