Highlands Parkwas established in the early 1960s by Major Benjie Nedou, who hailed from a long line of hoteliers. The Hotel remains a family run concern and is managed by the Major’s granddaughter and husband. Major Nedou’s army influence can be seen in the décor of the hotel as well as the staff uniforms. The hotel has a lot of artwork such as golfing paraphernalia, animal skins and traditional Kashmiri wall hangings that take you back to the time when Gulmarg first became a thriving summer destination for the well heeled.
Presidents, Prime Ministers, visiting Royalty and Bollywood stars have all enjoyed the warm hospitality and old-world charm of this grand hotel. Highlands Park is a heritage property spread over eight acres of exquisite gardens in a majestic position on a spur in the center of Gulmarg. It is surrounded by the peaks of the Apharwat range and has sweeping views across the valley to the greater Himalayas.
The hotel consists of one central building and eight separate cottages that house the 35 character-filled rooms and suites. The grand central building which contains the reception, lounge and restaurant has uninterrupted views of the Gulmarg Golf course on one side and of Mt Apharwat on the other.
The hotel was fully refurbished in 2013 and the rooms, Dining hall and Lounge were totally renovated without losing any of the character and old world charm that Highlands Park is famous for.
The atmosphere is what really makes Highlands Park unique. The rooms are fantastic, the views awesome and the service exceptional