Nestled lovingly on the banks of River Lidder is the village of the nomads, of the shepherds -Pahalgam. This little town in the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir is one of the most sought after recreational tourist destinations in India. Be it the golf course 2400 meters above the sea level, the thick Pine and Cedar forests or the breath taking Aru meadow, Pahalgam is a charmer in its own right.
Pahalgam acquired fame as a tourist place after the shooting of super hit Hindi film ‘Betaab’ was done here. Extensively shot in a picturesque valley, the film highlighted the beauty of Pahalgam. It has been 28 years since then that this valley is fondly called the ‘Betaab Valley’. The calm and quiet of this place is heavenly, the green fields and meadows adding to its attractiveness. To move around this place you can take a taxi, walk around or take a pony ride. Ponies are available to move around Pahalgam at officially published rates.
Baisaran, just 5 kilometers away from the main city, is a meadow that is dotted with pine trees from all the sides and has dense vegetal cover. Situated at an elevation of 2439 meters, Baisaran is proximal to the snow covered Tulian Lake. The lush Baisaran paddock is a popular tourist spot. About 40 kilometers off Pahalgam is Panchatarni. It is a point of confluence of five streams. It is a good option for camping and trekking.
Another spot which is worth a visit is Chandanwari. The snow bridge at Chandanwari is famous and you will be more than happy to visit it. Around 16 kilometers away from the main city, this is an ideal picnic spot. Also this is the starting point of the Amarnath Yatra, the holy pilgrimage to the 5000 year old cave shrine, known to be the abode of Lord Shiva. Inside the cave lies an ice stalagmite that resembles a Shiv Linga. During May to August it waxes and starts waning gradually. The pilgrimage is scheduled in the months of July or August depending upon the Hindu calendar. Starting from Pahalgam, the first stop over of the pilgrimage is Chandanwari followed by the Pissu top, the Sheeshnag and ends at the Holy Cave where devotees seek blessing of Lord Shiva. En route to Chandanwari is Hajan, another beautiful picnic spot. It strikes the mind of cine buffs as various films have been shot exclusively here.
The Aru Valley is the one the best meadows in Pahalgam to go trekking. The Kolohoi Glacier and the Tarsar Lake are also good options to go trekking. For those who like adventure sports can have a blast white water rafting on the River Lidder. The aura of the forests around the River Lidder enhances the excitement of winding down rapidly. The snow fed river also accounts for engaging activities like fishing and camping. When done exploring the natural beauty of the city, shopping can be really a good option. Shawls, carpets, clothing embroidered with beautiful chain stitch technique are the special attractions of the Pahalgam market.
The presence of the Indian Army in this area is obvious owing to issues of trespassing and cross border terrorism. But it seems to blend in with the aura of the place, not bothering or hindering the enthusiasm of the tourists or locals. Monkeys wander about the city and it is routine if they steal from camping sites or tourists. Wild bears are a menace most of the times and give the locals an adrenaline surge, but they seem to be alert and prepared all the time. The city is close to nature in every possible way and it is simply amazing to walk through the city and see its various facets.
Though a small town with the background of beautiful meadows, Pahalgam is a great stop over, never disappointing the tourist in you!
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Pahalgam is a tourist destination that is famous for its beautiful meadows and natural beauty. Various Bollywood movies were shot in the pleasant spots of Pahalgam like the Betaab Valley and Hajan. The Amarnath pilgrimage starts from Chandanwari, a place that is just 10 kilometers away from Pahalgam. Pahalgam is well known for shawls, carpets and exquisitely embroidered clothing. Other worth visiting spots in Pahalgam are Baisaran, the Tulian lake, the Aru Valley and the Kolohoi Glacier. The USP of Pahalgam is that it hosts number of adventure activities like trekking, white water rafting, fishing and camping. It has a golf course that is 2400 meters above the sea level. A visit to Pahalgam can be delightful from mid of April to mid of November.
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||Pahalgam is well connected by road to major towns in Jammu & Kashmir. Public and private transport is available from Srinagar to Pahalgam
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||Sheshnag Lake,Lidder River,Baisaran meadow,Chandanwari
||hiking, trekking and fishing
||Bread, wazwan, Kahwa, etc
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