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 Pahalgam (Jammu and Kashmir)

Introduction: Pahalgam located 95-km from Srinagar, Kashmir Region, J&KPahalgam is an ideal place for an adventure sports enthusiast. It offers wonderful treks, skiing, mountaineering and camping sites. Facilities for roller-skating, table tennis, badminton and cards are available at the Pahalgam Club. One can take a temporary membership at the Pahalgam natural golf course.In route to Pahalgam one comes across the beautiful Lidder Valley with tourist spots at Mattan, famed for its springs and the hillside cave shrine of Aishmuqam. The river Lidder is an angler's delight and even an amateur can catch a rainbow trout from the rushing streams. The large brown bear is a natural inhabitant of the thick forests. Pahalgam is in Anantnag district which is famous for Kashmir handmade "gabbas" and exquisitely designed wooden toys. 

History: The origin of Pahalgam is obscure. Mughal rulers ruled this region in the medieval period. It was later a part of the Kingdom of Kashmir, which was ruled by local Hindu rulers. This princely state remained independent even during the British period and later on merged into independent India.

Description: Pahalgam is a city in India. Heaven on Earth. A Small place of 2-3 KM but you can spend a week without getting bored. Pahalgam is a jewel ‘hill-station’. Its natural splendor is described by snow clad mountain peaks on all sides, a white water river that traverses the bottoms of the narrow valley, and a weather that makes the summers a charm. Add to it trekking, golf, angling and pony rides, and you have the recipe of a perfect, world class vacation.

Pahalgam Quick facts

  • Pahalgam Geography and Climate

    Geography:-Pahalgam is located at 34.03° N 75.33° E. It has an average elevation of 2740 metres (8989 feet). The town is located by the side of river Lidder and is covered with thick pine and cedar forests.

    Climate:-The climate here remains pleasant even in peak summers.

  • Best time to visit Pahalgam

    In Summer : mid-April and mid-November. It can also be visited in July-August during the annual pilgrimage to the holy cave of Amarnath.

    In Winter: November To February

  • Pahalgam Near Getaways

    Getting around Pahalgam is done mostly by walk,taxi,pony,treks,whatever you want etc.

  • Pahalgam Distance(s)

    Chandanwari 16 km
    Pissu top 19.6 km
    Sheeshnag 25.6 km
    Holy Cave 46.7 km

    Distance from Pahalgam to
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  • How to reach Pahalgam by Road

    Bus service is available from Srinagar and Anantnag. Taxis can be hired from Srinagar at pre-fixed rates.

  • How to reach Pahalgam by Rail

    The nearest Rail Head is at Jammu and from there National Highway NH1A connects the Kashmir valley with India.

  • How to reach Pahalgam by Air

    Pahalgam is in Anantnag District and is about 96-km from Srinagar. The nearest airport is in Badgam District.

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    Pahalgam Festivals and culture

  • Pahalgam Festivals

    Pahalgam is the starting point of the annual Amarnath yatra (holy journey) to the holy cave shrine of Amarnath, which is said to be the abode of Lord Shiva. Every year in the month of July/August, thousands of pilgrims descend on Pahalgam on their way to the holy cave.

  • Pahalgam Religious Places

    Amarnath Cave
    Pahalgam is Base Camp of Amarnathji yatra which stands at 3952 mtrs, 46.7 km from Pahalgam. The Holy Cave is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva. The ice lingam formed by water droplets, symblises Lord Shiva . People visit the Holy Cave during the scheduled Yatra period. Yatris can hire a pony of Dandy from Pahalgam.

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    Pahalgam Entertainment and Night Life

  • Pahalgam Adventure

    Pahalgam is the starting point of a number of trekking and hiking trails to the surrounding mountains. Trekking around Pahalgam is exhilarating, as it takes the traveler through virgin pine forests, clear mountain streams, and meadows of wildflowers.

  • Kidding around Pahalgam

    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.

  • Pahalgam Shopping

    Pahalgam, originally a shepherds' village, is naturally known for products made of wool. Gabbas and Namdas can be purchased from local shops.

    Kashmir carpets, in both wool and silk with their Persian design, are a lifetime investment and the shoppers’ selection range from the simple to the most extraordinarily intricate patterns handed down the generations.

    There are papier-mâché items ranging from jewellery boxes to mirror frames, a range of intricately carved walnut wood furniture and accessories, stone jewellery boxes, beautiful woollen shawls, crewel embroidery on furnishing material sold by the meter and more.

  • Lake at Pahalgam

    Tulian Lake
    If one continues 11-km beyond Baisaran one reaches the Tulian Lake at 3,353m, 1,200m higher up. It is covered in ice for much of the year and surrounded by peaks, which rise more than 300m above its shores. It also can be reached by pony trek.

    Liddar River
    The Liddar River is popular among travelers interested in angling. Stretches of this river are suitable for trout fishing. Travelers interested in fishing have to obtain a fishing license from the Directorate of Fisheries in Srinagar.

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    Pahalgam Tips

  • Pahalgam Tourist Offices

    The J&K Govt. Tourist Office is located at the head of the main bazaar, where the tourist coaches stop. Tourists are urged to visit the office for all kinds of information and assistance, and for the latest information on trekking, hiking and other recreational activities in Pahalgam.

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