Sightseeing of Pahlagam
PAHALGAM – The Valley of Shepherds.
Situated at the confluence of the streams flowing from Sheshnag Lake and the Lidder river, Pahalgam (2,130 m) was once a humble shepherd’s village with breathtaking views. Now it is Kashmir’s premier resort, cool even during the height of summer when the maximum temperature does not exceed 25 deg C. A number of hotels and lodges cater to all preferences and budgets, from luxurious hotels to unpretentious trekkers’ lodges, including J&K TDC huts.
Around Pahalgam are many places of interest, and the most beautiful of these is the huge, undulating meadow of Baisaran, surrounded by thickly wooded forests of pine. “Betaab Valley”, 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. Aru, 12 kms from Pahalgam, is a picturesque meadow and base point for trekking to Kolhai glacier, Katar Nag, Lidder Watt and Trasar & Marsar Lakes.
Pahalgam is also associated with the annual Amarnath Yatra. Chandanwari (2,895 m), 16 kms from Pahalgam, is the starting point of the yatra that takes place every year.
For detailed information on the Amaranath Yatra,
WHAT TO DO
Ponies can be hired directly or through the Tourist Office. Tariff boards are displayed at all important locations.
Pahalgam has a 18-hole Golf Course, which is of exceptional beauty and quite unique.
The Lidder River has excellent fishing beats for brown trout. The fishing season stretches from April to September. Permits are issued, for a maximum of three days at a time, on a first-come – first-served basis and are charged on a per day per rod basis. Fishing equipment can be hired in Srinagar. Live baits and spinning are not allowed. For permits contact the Directorate of Fisheries, Tourist Reception Centre, Srinagar.
The environs of Pahalgam offer exciting trekking opportunities, the best known being: Pahalgam – Chandanwari- Sheshnag- Panchtarni- Amarnath Cave Temple- Sonamarg.
Pahalgam Club, managed by J&K TDC, is being rebuilt and once completed will have a restaurant, auditorium, health club, open food court, amphitheater and other facilities.
Pahalgam, originally a shepherds’ village, is naturally known for products made of wool. Gabbas and Namdas can be purchased from local shops.
WHERE TO STAY
J&K TDC & other Small and Medium class Hotels offer accommodation at Pahalgam.
Aru is a tourist spot in the Anantnag District of J&K, India and is located around 12km from Pahalgam, 11km upstream from the Lidder River.
Betab Valley is a very popular touristic destination. Betaab Valley serves as a base camp for trekking and further exploration of the mountains.
Situated 16-km from Pahalgam, Chandanwari is the starting point of the Amarnath Yatra, which takes place every year in the month of Sawan (Rain).
Situated at a distance of around 5 km from Pahalgam, Baisaran offers panoramic views over the town as well as the Lidder valley.
Tulian Lake is located in a meadow with pine forests and lies between the two Himalayan mountain ranges of Pir Panjal and Zanskar.
Sheshnag Lake is a high altitude mountain lake at an elevation of 12,000 feet, near Vavjan.
A high altitude alpine lake 7km from Aru, remains almost frozen whole year that is why it gets this name KATER NAG.
Highest Mountain Peak in Kashmir Valley. It is also called Matterhorn of Kashmir because it resembles with Mt.Matterhorn of Switzerland.
The Tarsar Lake trek gives you a most memorable glimpse of the breath-taking beauty of Kashmir.
The Marsar Lake is drained by an outlet stream which falls into the Lidder River and is situated at 5 km away from the village Nagberan.
The Litherwath runs through Pahalgam in a rushing gray-green torrent, breaking in curling waves against the boulders that lie in its path.
Chari Nag Lake
Nice Place For Sightseeing