Languages : Hindi, Urdu, Kashmiri, English
Best Time to Visit : April. November
STD : 01936
Alt : 2130
mtrs Km : 95
Shepherd’s village Pahalgam is visited by tourists and locals in huge
number for its gradual lowering of temperature and river Ladder flowing
at an approachable distance. Traveling through meandering roads of
north Kashmir, Pahalgam opens up with a fresh cool breeze of the river.
It has an astounding 9 hole gold course open for tourists now being
extended into an 18 hole . The golf championships are organized by state
government and private hoteliers in Summer. Here, tourists and locals
putt together in the shades of Pine trees surrounding the golf course.
Pahalgam is located in the western part of the state of
Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is located at an altitude of 2130 m above
sea level amidst the great Himalayan range. It is positioned beside the
Liddar River, in the Liddar valley. Pahalgam is 95 km east of Srinagar.
The weather in Pahalgam is alpine. Summers (April-June) are mild while
winters (November-February) are cold. It experiences rains between July
and September. It experiences heavy snowfall from December to February.
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.
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.
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
Distances of stopovers from
Pahalgam are : Chandanwari 16 km Pissu top 19.6 km Sheeshnag 25.6 km,
Holy Cave 46 . 7 km.
All stopovers have
facilities from tents to medical comps and langars, The trek is covered
in 2 to 3 days. This Hindu pilgrimage is believed to be the discovery of
a Muslim shepherd nomad Butta Malik who’s descendant still receive a
percentage of the donations made by pilgrims. The Yatra Generally during
June to August depending upon the Hindu calendar (Sawan Purnima)
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
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.
When to Visit
The best time to visit Pahalgam is during the summers, between
mid-April and mid-November. It can also be visited in July-August during
the annual pilgrimage to the holy cave of Amarnath.
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. 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
FAIRS AND 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.
How to Get There
Airport: The nearest Airport is in Badgam Distt
Train: The nearest rail head is at Jammu.
Road: Bus service is available from Srinagar and Anantnag. Taxis
can be hired from Srinagar at pre-fixed rat