Location : In the state of Jammu & Kashmir
Pahalgam is situated at the junction of the streams flowing from Sheshnag Lake and the Lidder river. Pahalgam (2,130 m) was once a humble shepherd's village with astounding views. Today, Pahalgam is Kashmir's prime tourist resort. It is cool even during the height of summer when the maximum temperature does not exceed 25 degree C. Pahalgam is bountiful with many places of interest, and because the resort is set between fairly steep hills, it is worth hiring a pony rather than walking.
The Major Fascinating Sights At Pahalgam
Baisaran : The most beautiful of these is the huge, unspoiled grassland of Baisaran, surrounded by thickly wooded forests of pine. Hajan, on the way to Chandanwari, is an idyllic spot for a picnic. Filmgoers will recognize it instantly as it has been the location of several movie scenes. Book a tour to Pahalgam Mamal : Pahalgam has eight tiny villages within its surroundings, one of which is Mamal. There is a Shiva temple here, generally considered to be Kashmir's oldest existing temple, dating back to the 5th century.
The Amarnath cave : The Amarnath cave is 6 kms away from there. During the month of Sawan, an ice stalagmite forms a natural Shiva-Ling in the Amarnath cave.
Tarsar Lake : It can be reached from Lidderwat. There are delightful camping sites and flower meadows at Sikiwas, 24 kms from here. To reach the nearby Mansar lake one has to cross a 243 mts high bridge.
Adventure Sports At Pahalgam
Trekking : The ambience of Pahalgam offer exciting trekking opportunities, the best known being Pahalgam - Chandanwari- Sheshnag- Panchtarni- Amarnath Cave Temple- Sonamarg trek.
Golf : Pahalgam Club has a 9-hole golf course, which can be used by tourists. Golf sets can be hired from the Tourist Office.
Fishing : One can go for fishing in the Lidder.
WHAT TO SEE
Chandanwari : (16km: 2,923m) - It is famous for its snow bridge.
Baisaran : (5 km: 2,438m) - Pine forests dot this meadow which presents a picturesque view of the snow-clad mountains. The snow covered Tulian lake at an altitude of 3353 m is 11kms from Baisaran.
Sheshnag Lake : (27 km: 3,658m) - The waters of this greenish blue lake are covered with ice till June.
Panchtarni : (40 km) - It is the confluence of five streams and gives Panchtarni its name. A good camping site.
Amarnath Cave : Pahalgam is the base for the religious trek to the abode of Lord Shiva. A narrow spiralling path from Panchtarni leads to the Amarnath Cave . The massive ice shivlingam is visited by thousands of pilgrims between July and September.
Aru : (11 km: 2,408m) - This charming meadow can be reached by walking along a mountain path. The river Lidder disappears at Gur Khumb and reappears after 27 mts.
Lidderwat : (22km: 3,408m) - A beautiful camping site set among dense forests. Starting point of the trek to the Sindh Valley .
Kolohi : (1,467 m) - Base for a three-day return trek to the Kolohi Glacier.
Tarsar Lake : (34 km: 3,962m) - It can be reached from Lidderwat. There are delightful camping sites and flower meadows at Sikiwas, 24 kms from here. To reach the nearby Mansar lake one has to cross a 243 mts high bridge.
HOW TO REACH
By Air : The nearest Airport is in Badgam Distt.
By Rail : The nearest rail head is at Jammu .
By Road : Bus service is available from Srinagar and Anantnag. Taxis can be hired from Srinagar at pre-fixed rates. The J&K Road Transport Corporation runs daily sight seeing tours from Srinagar . Assistance is available at Tourist Reception Centre, Srinagar .
WHEN TO GO
The best time to visit Pahalgam is during summers between May to September.
WHERE TO EAT
There are so many good restaurants and houseboat restaurant.