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About Pahalgam !

Pahalgam is just another mountain resort of Kashmir in Anantnag district. Pahalgam is also known as "Valley Of Shepherds". It is located in the north Kashmir, It is 96km away from Srinagar and its altitude is almost 2130m above sea level. Pahalgam lies on the either side of the Lidder river, the source of which is Kolohoi glacier. Pahalgam also receives heavy snowfall during the winter which makes it a suitable place for Skiing and other Snow Sports. Pahalgam offers a large variety of hotels of all categories to its visitors.

Pahalgam is a favorite destination to the tourists even in off seasons when actually the best seasons to visit here are March – November. Travelling options are limited in Pahalgam, one can travel with taxi, pony or just roam around by foot. In earlier times it was the favorite place for shooting of bollywood films. Hindu pilgrims from all over india visit Pahalgam to seek the blessings of lord Shiva as the ice forms a natural shivling in Amaranth Cave.

Pahalgam, being a most liked place by tourists was still a full-fledged village with some small shops, hotels and resorts but now it has been commercialized, Markets of Pahalgam are famous for being heavily flooded by Kashmiri products which are unique to tourists. Shops in Pahalgam offer typical Kashmiri stuff like Shawls, Carpets, Clothing with unique Kashmiri embroidery and Pherens (long woolen cloak). The main markets in Pahalgam are: Laripora and Aru.

The famous and most liked sites in Pahalgam are :

  • Chandanwari : 16km from Pahalgam , it's the starting point for the annual Amaranth Yatra held in summer. The Amaranth Cave, houses an ice stalagmite in the shape of a natural shivling, which waxes and wanes in the moon
  • Betaab Valley: This place was once known as "Hajan valley", it got renamed after the release of the bollywood movie "betaab" as it's maximum part was shot in this valley so it got renamed from "Hajan Valley" to "Betaab Valley".
  • Aru Valley: 15kms from Pahalgam, this place is everything in itself, The way through the village to Aru is also amazing and delightful . This village is also a way to Kolohoi glacier. It’s also an ideal place for camping, it’s recommended for tourists to travel by foot to catch the serene beauty of this valley.

Must do things to do in Pahalgam :

  • Trekking: Pahalgam is also favorable place for trekkers as Aru Valley, Kolohoi glacier, Tarsar Lake and Chandanwari are ideal places for trekking in Pahalgam
  • Rafting:Lidder River's white water can be really ideal and adventurous to rafters. Lidder River flows down the forests of Pahalgam which can be an incredibly awesome experience for the serious rafters.

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