95 km. east of Srinagar, 2400 mt. above
sea level popular holiday resort. It is
called "Shepherds village" at the head of
the Lidder valley. Best place for trout
fishing. Apart from angling, Pahalgam is
also known as the starting point for
trekking. Pilgrims route to Amarnath Cave.
Amarnath cave is located in a narrow gorge on the farther end of
Lidder valley at 3,888 m above sea level. The cave is 45 km from Pahalgam and
141 km from Srinagar. The trek begins in July-August. Despite being an extremely
difficult trek, millions of devotees come to pay homage to Shiva in one of his
Nowadays people travel to Pahalgam first and then undertake the onward journey of 45 km on foot, in batches. Overnight halts are in encampments that are set up at fixed distances and give the appearance of a military site. The return trek has to be covered in five days with night halts at Chandanwari, Wawjan and Panchtarni. The distance of 12.8 km from Pahalgam to Chandanwari is completed in five to six hours with the first night halt at Chandanwari. The trail is along thick and green woodlands of breathtaking beauty. The playful stream of Lidder meanders and dances alongside, showing its sparkling white foam with the pride and purity of a maiden descending directly from the lap of the perennial Himalayas. One main attraction of this trail is the bridge on the river Lidder, which is covered with snow even when the surroundings are bereft of snow..
Aru village is around 12 km from Pahalgam. Taxis are available from
Pahalgam on shared basis. It is a beautiful village, visited by far lesser
tourists and is more peaceful than Pahalgam. Some scenes from the film 'Jab Tak
Hai Jaan,' were shot here. The ride from Pahalgam to Aru has some of the most
picturesque viewpoints. Pony rides are organised on the gentle slopes at Aru.
Betaab Valley is 15 km from Pahalgam town and is one of the most beautiful valleys around Pahalgam. The valley is famed as a setting for a popular Bollywood film, Betaab. Betaab Valley, situated just 7 km up on Pahalgam, has got its name from Sunny Deolís movie, Betaab, which was shot extensively in this area. Surrounded by snow-covered mountain peaks and dense pine and deodar forests, this valley is the mouth of River Sheshnag. There is a beautiful garden in the valley, with a bridge to cross the river. The Pahalgam Development Authority has proposed to develop this valley as a beautiful holidaying spot and is thus, carrying out several construction activities in the region.
Chandanwari, situated at a distance of 16 km from Pahalgam, lies at an elevation of 2,923 m. Famous for its snow bridge, this location serves as the starting point of the Amarnath Yatra that takes place every year, from July to August. With a fairly flat terrain linking Chandanwari to Pahalgam, the location is easily accessible by car.
Horse Riding in Pahalgam
It is hardly surprising that Horse riding is fast growing in
popularity in Kashmir. With spectacular scenery and clear air
Riders can enjoy a wealth of different vistas - Ride through
ancient villages, through flower strewn meadows, deep river
valleys cut by fast flowing streams or mountainsides dominated
by majestic Pine trees.
It is a delight in spring and an ideal stepping off point for short treks. Film buffs will recognize many locations as it is the favourite venue for film makers.
Trout Fishing in Pahalgam
Kashmir is an Angler's paradise. A vast network of fast
flowing rivers, sleepy backwaters and high altitude Lakes give
Anglers a vast range of habitat to fish. Brown and rainbow
trout abound - and, with a sensitive policy of restocking the
pot is rarely empty!
Pahalgam is one of Kashmir's important fishing retreats, with plump trout in abundance.