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Pahalgam – A COMPLETE Travel Guide and Itinerary

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The name Pahalgam needs no introduction. It is one of the most visited destinations of Kashmir, one that receives tourists all year long. No trip to Kashmir is complete unless Pahalgam is a part of the itinerary.

Located at a distance of about 100 kilometers from Srinagar, Pahalgam is best known for its awe-inspiring vistas, lush green meadows, dense forests, and pristine waters. The place is also noted for the annual pilgrimage to the shrine Amarnath Yatra that starts here in July and August.

In this article, I will provide complete details on how to plan a trip to Pahalgam. The post below covers information like how to reach, where to stay, places to visit, things to do, what & where to eat, mobile network, shopping, and other safety tips.

For all other details on Kashmir like mobile connectivity, public transport, taxi services, and several other tips, please take a look at  How to Plan a Trip to Kashmir – A Complete Travel Guide .

To get the best hotel rates, and taxi charges, and to organize your trip to Kashmir, you can speak with Kunal @ 9910 402 252 . Give him my reference and you will surely get a discounted rate.

Below is a video that I shot in Pahalgam during my recent winter trip. You can also consider checking out this video for more details.

About Pahalgam

The name Pahalgam literally means a village of shepherds in the Kashmiri language. The town is located in the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Because of its religious significance, natural beauty, and role as a base camp for Amarnath Yatra, the town attracts roughly around 70% of visitors to the valley.

Pahalgam is a little different than other tourist destinations in Kashmir. While places like Gulmarg and Sonamarg are quite small in size, Pahalgam is comparatively bigger and spread over a larger area.

The place remains open for tourists for all 12 months but the majority of its visitors arrive in late June, July, and early August.

There is not much to see or do in Pahalgam itself, to be honest. Most of its primary tourist attractions are located at a distance of 8-10 kilometers from the main town.

The majority of the hotels however are located in Pahalgam. Because of this, it serves as a base to explore all of the nearby areas.

Religious Significance

Pahalgam is one of the two starting points of the annual Amarnath Pilgrimage, the other being Baltal near Sonamarg. Chandanwari is where the trek to the Amarnath Cave starts and it is located about 15 kilometers uphill from the main town.

As per the mythology, Lord Shiva is believed to impart the secret of immortality (Amrit Vachan) to Parvati in Pahalgam. Before entering Amarnath cave Shiv left Nandi in Pahalgam, the moon in Chandanwari, snakes in Sheshnag Lake, Ganesha on Mahaguna Parbat, and five elements at Panchtarni. (Source: Wikipedia )

Where is Pahalgam Located

Pahalgam is located at a distance of about 100 kilometers from Srinagar, depending on where you were starting from in the city. From Anantnag, the distance is about 41 kilometers.

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How to reach Pahalgam

Let me first talk about how to reach Pahalgam by different modes of transport. If you were coming from a place like Delhi, Mumbai, or Hyderabad, then you would first have to get to Srinagar.

The place is very well connected to the rest of the country and can be reached either by road, train, or flight. For more details, please take a look at How to Plan a Trip to Srinagar .

Once you have arrived in Srinagar, the only way to reach Pahalgam is by road. There is a helicopter service available as well but it is mostly during the time of Amarnath Yatra only.

For regular tourists, you will either have to drive on your own, find a private or shared taxi, or board a Bus.

Srinagar to Pahalgam by Road

Let us first take a look at how the journey would be if you were traveling by your self-owned vehicle, either in a car or on a bike.

The route of the journey will be as mentioned below.

Srinagar – Qasim Bagh – Pampore – Awantipora – Anantnag – Mattan – Hassan Noor – Aishmuqam – Pahalgam

This is the most commonly used route for the journey. From Srinagar, you drive through the city, cross Qasim Bagh, and reach NH44 (Jammu Srinagar Highway).

From there, you start driving towards Pampore and Awantipora. You will not have to drive through the towns though. Both Pampore and Awantipora will be on your left but you will remain on the highway and drive past them.

As you get closer to Anantnag, you exit the highway and take the single-lane road to your left. You will then drive through the busy towns of Anantnag, Mattan, and Hassan Noor to reach Aishmuqam.

Aishmuqam is the place where the famous qawwali ‘Bhar do Jholi Meri’ in Bajrangi Bhaijaan was shot. The dargah sits on the top of a hillock and is visible from the road. If you have time in hand, you can take the uphill road to the shrine and pay a visit.

aishmuqam

After Aishmuqam, continue driving along the Lidder River for another 40 kilometers to reach Pahalgam. The views also will get better after Aishmuqam and the drive will become more enjoyable.

The condition of the road on this entire route is a mix of good and average. There are hardly any bad sections in between and the journey can easily be completed in about 3 hours.

Alternate Route

There is another route that exists for this journey. You will have to ask around a bit for this as it is not easy to locate and Google Maps by default will take you through Anantnag.

To travel by the second route, you leave NH44 about 15 kilometers before Anantnag and take a road to your left. This will have you avoid traveling through the busy and congested Anantnag roads and exit straight near Hassan Noor. It also shortens the distance by about 10 kilometers.

My suggestion would however be that you stick to the main Anantnag road. It is easier to navigate and in better condition.

If possible, start from Srinagar as early as 7 AM. This way, you will get past Srinagar and Anantnag before the traffic builds up and the markets open.

Srinagar to Pahalgam Bus Service

The direct bus between Srinagar and Pahalgam remains available only during the Amarnath Yatra season, from late June to early August.

This bus starts from Pantha Chowk in Srinagar and reaches Pahalgam via the Anantnag route that I mentioned above. You can also look for a bus to Anantnag from Dal Gate but the chances of finding one are very little.

For the rest of the year, if you were traveling by public transport, you would have to break your journey into two parts. From Dal Gate, you will first have to look for a bus for Anantnag. These buses are privately owned and operated and there is no set timing for them.

From Anantnag, you will then have to look for another mode of transport for Pahalgam. Regular buses are available throughout the day and like Srinagar, they do not stick to any specific timings.

A Timelapse captured in Nubra Valley of Ladakh

A taxi will come in two forms, a private taxi, and a shared cab. If you were looking for a private cab, it would cost you anywhere between Rs. 2000 to Rs. 3000 for a drop to Pahalgam, depending on your negotiation skills.

A better way to manage your trip by cab in Kashmir is to book one taxi for the entire trip. That way, you will be able to reduce the taxi cost a little.

One important thing to note here is that a taxi from Srinagar will only be able to drop you off in Pahalgam. You cannot use the same cab for local sightseeing. The local taxi union restricts the Srinagar cab from taking tourists to places like Betaab Valley, Chandanwari, or Aru Valley.

To visit local attractions, you will have to rent another cab from Pahalgam itself. Depending on the places you want to visit, this will cost you another Rs. 2000 for a day approximately. For more details on the rates, please take a look at Pahalgam Local Sightseeing Taxi Rates .

Srinagar to Pahalgam Shared Taxi

Shared cabs work pretty much in the same manner as a bus. You will first have to look for a shared cab for Anantnag from Dal Lake in Srinagar. Once you get to Anantnag, you will then board another shared cab for Pahalgam.

The frequency of the shared cabs is much better than a bus in Kashmir and you will have no trouble finding one.

Srinagar to Pahalgam Bus Fare

The fare per person for a journey from Srinagar to Pahalgam is Rs. 150 approximately. The same journey by shared cab will cost you slightly more, around Rs. 200 per person.

Srinagar to Pahalgam by Helicopter

As I mentioned, the helicopter service remains available mostly during the Amarnath Yatra. For the rest of the year, you will have to travel by road. I am sorry but I do not have any more information on this.

Srinagar to Pahalgam by Bike

If you wish to, you can also rent a bike in Srinagar. The benefit of a bike will be that you will not have to rent another taxi in Pahalgam. The rent of a bike will be around Rs. 1500 to Rs. 2500, depending on the bike you choose.

For renting a bike in Srinagar, you can contact Faisal at 9596 410 670. For more details, please take a look at How to rent a bike in Srinagar .

Srinagar to Pahalgam by Train

There is no train service available between Srinagar and Pahalgam.

Srinagar to Pahalgam Flight

There are no flights between Srinagar and Pahalgam. Helicopter service, as I mentioned above, may be available during the Amarnath Yatra season.

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Where to Stay in Pahalgam

Being the popular tourist destination that Pahalgam is, there is no scarcity of hotels here. The entire town has a lot of hotels and guest houses to choose from.

The only thing that you should keep in mind is that the hotels here can be a little on the expensive side, especially in June, July, and August during Amarnath Yatra.

The average rate of a decent enough hotel will be around Rs. 2000 to Rs. 2500. If you were getting a room for less, the hotel would either be in poor condition or at a little distance from Pahalgam.

Whether or not to book in advance is entirely up to you. My recommendation will be that if your trip is around Amarnath Yatra time, then you must book in advance. Hotels in these months get occupied completely and you may not find a place to stay at all.

For the rest of the year, booking in advance is not necessary but you may do so for peace of your mind.

Budget Hotels in Pahalgam

If you were looking for budgeted accommodation, I would recommend staying in Aru Village. Hotels there are considerably cheaper and you will easily be able to get a room for Rs. 800 to 1000.

I do not recommend any hotel in particular though. Just take a walk through the village, see a few hotels, and check into the one that you like the most.

Best Location to Stay in Pahalgam

Aru Valley is the best location to stay in Pahalgam. Other than the tariff, Aru is also much more scenic. So staying there will be beneficial in that way as well.

There are no hotels near Betaab Valley, Chandanwari, and Baisaran Valley.

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What to see in Pahalgam

This may be just my personal opinion but, in all honesty, Pahalgam is not that scenic. I was disappointed by it the first time I visited there. It just looks like an ordinary town with no scenic beauty. Horse dung is everywhere and its smell will surely drive you crazy.

With that being said, the areas around are very scenic. When you plan to visit here, you do not see Pahalgam but the places around it. Pahalgam just becomes the base to explore those places because most of the hotels in the region are located here.

I have covered this topic in another article Places to Visit in Pahalgam and Things to Do . But for a brief overview, I will list these places here as well.

Betaab Valley

Without any doubt, Betaab Valley is possibly the most popular tourist attraction in Pahalgam. It is uphill at a distance of about 7 kilometers from the main town.

So, what is Betaab Valley? Before 1983, it was just a meadow that the local shepherds used to graze their livestock in. At that time, it was called Hagan Valley or Hagoon.

Then in 1983, Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh starrer movie Betaab was shot here. Both the movie and the valley were instant hits. Due to the popularity of the movie, the meadow itself was renamed Betaab Valley.

betaab valley

It has now been converted into a park-like area and is a favorite among the locals as well. You will find a lot of Kashmiri families here out for a picnic. The entire setting of the place is very scenic with the Lidder River flowing right next to it.

To read more about Betaab Valley, take a look at Road Trip from Pahalgam to Betaab Valley .

Chandanwari

The next on the list is Chandanwari, located at a distance of about 8 kilometers from Betaab Valley and 15 kilometers from Pahalgam. This is the place where the motorable road ends and the trek for Amarnath Cave begins.

There is nothing special about Chandanwari, to be honest. It is located in the middle of the forest and is marked by a lot of small dhabas.

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It is only the setting of the place and the natural beauty around it that makes it worth a visit. Even the drive from Pahalgam to Chananwari is quite scenic.

If you want to explore a little more, you can hire a pony and venture into the forest. There is a waterfall as well somewhere nearby (as per the pony owners) but I cannot comment on how it was because I did not go.

For more details, please take a look at Pahalgam to Chandanwari Road Trip .

This in my opinion is the most scenic place near Pahalgam. The small village of Aru is located about 12 kilometers from Pahalgam. It is the starting point of several treks and is always bustling with trekkers either starting or returning from their excursion.

There is also a meadow at one end of the village which is perfect for spending some time and having fun.

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Even the drive from Pahalgam to Aru is quite scenic with several viewpoints in between. Aru Village, as I also mentioned previously, also has a lot of cost-effective hotels which makes it a great place to stay for budget travelers.

For more details, please take a look at Pahalgam to Aru Valley Road Trip .

Baisaran Valley

It is a valley or a meadow located about 6 kilometers from Pahalgam. The place can only be accessed either on foot or on a pony. The trek takes you through a dense forest before ending in a village called Baisaran up in the mountains.

The same trek then goes further up to other villages like Kani Marg and Tulian Valley (also Tulian Lake). The difficulty level of the trek is Beginner to Intermediate and is great for anyone who isn’t into trekking but would like to add the experience to their travel plans.

Hiring a pony is the best and most preferred way to explore Baisaran. The entire trek can be easily completed in a few hours and the pony owners usually charge around Rs. 1500 per person for a day.

Remember the song Bhar do Jholi Meri from the movie Bajrangi Bhaijaan? It was shot near Pahalgam at a place called Aishmuqaam. It is the shrine of a Sufi saint Baba Zaina-ud-din Wali, also known as Zaino Shah Sahib.

Aishmuqaam is located about 19 kilometers before Pahalgam and 34 kilometers from Anantnag. You can visit it while going to Pahalgam or coming back. The shrine is located on a hillock and is visible from the road itself.

Pahalgam Golf Course

There is also a golf course in Pahalgam which is a popular destination for tourists. Several golf tournaments are held here and even as a beginner, you can try your hand at the sport for a few hundred bucks an hour. Even if you are not interested in golf, it is still a great place to visit and explore.

Lidder River

Last but not least is the Lidder River.  It is a glacial river that originates from the Kolahoi glacier, flows through the valleys of Pahalgam, and will be your companion for the most part of your trip here.

Its crystal-clear water is home to many different kinds of fish and is also a lifeline for the locals as it gets used for irrigation purposes as well.

lidder river

Many tourist activities like white water rafting, angling, horse riding, and fishing are done in the Lidder River.

Now, these were some of the most popular tourist destinations in Pahalgam. There are a few others that are not so popular but definitely worth visiting. For a complete list, I will recommend taking a look at this post Places to Visit in Pahalgam and Things to Do .

I do not want to add all this information here again because that will just render this one post too long.

Things to Do in Pahalgam

Below is a list of things to do in Pahalgam apart from visiting all of the above-mentioned places.

  • White Water Rafting
  • Fishing in Lidder River
  • Horse Riding
  • Photography

All of these activities are explained in detail in the post Places to Visit in Pahalgam & Things to Do .

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Best Time to Visit Pahalgam

The best time to visit Pahalgam is the months of April, May, and September. But it also depends on what kind of trip you want. Let me give a brief overview.

Pahalgam remains open in the winter season and receives quite a bit of snow in January and February. This will be the best time to plan a winter trip. Keep in mind though that places like Chandanwari and Aru Valley may not be accessible in winter.

The months of April and May are perfect if you just want to enjoy pleasant weather and beautiful scenery. This is a great time to plan a family trip.

The months of June, July, and August are best avoided for two reasons. The first is that it gets very crowded here during Amarnath Yatra.

The second is the risk of the monsoon season. Pahalgam receives heavy rainfall each year in July and August. Remember the 2014 incident when Amarnath Yatris were stranded because of the landslides?

For photography, September and October will be the best time. This is when the views here are the best. For my honeymoon, I will recommend March and April.

For more details on this topic, please take a look at When is the Best Time to Visit Pahalgam .

Weather in Pahalgam

Pahalgam has a sub-tropical climate which means that winters here are very cold but summers are pleasantly warm. It snows here heavily from late December to March and that is why even the roads can sometimes get blocked. The temperature in these months drops several degrees below zero.

Areas near Pahalgam like Betaab Valley, Chandanwari, and Aru Valley continue to receive snow until early April. From May to June, it mostly remains pleasant and dry during the day.

Monsoon arrives by late June and it rains heavily in this region throughout July and August, until early September.

It starts to get cold again in late September and by mid-October, it can snow anytime in Pahalgam. The weather remains to be very cold until March next year.

The important thing to note is that Pahalgam is not at a very high altitude. There will be a very significant difference in the temperature here and in places like Betaab and Aru Valley.

Clothes to Pack

This will depend on the month you are planning to visit. For a winter trip, you will have to pack all heavy woolen clothes, a windproof jacket, gloves, caps, thermals, and woolen socks.

If you were visiting in April, May, June, or September, your regular cotton clothes will do just fine. You will however have to wear a light jacket because the weather will get cold in the evening and at night. Early Mornings will also be pretty cold.

For a trip in July and August, try and pack clothes that are easier to dry, like polyester. An umbrella or a waterproof rain jacket will also be very helpful if you are traveling in your self-owned car.

In terms of shoes, for winter, you should carry waterproof boots, if possible. For the rest of the year, your regular sports shoes will be fine. Rubber Sandals (like Crocs) will be greatly beneficial in the monsoon season.

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Mobile Network & Data Connectivity

All cellular companies have good coverage in Pahalgam and you will get 4G data as well. No matter which network you are on, your phone will work fine in Pahalgam.

The reception will hold strong in Betaab Valley and Aru Valley as well but you may lose network in Chandanwari sometimes. There is no reception in Baisaran Valley or Tulian Valley though.

All the hotels here have free wifi available. BSNL currently provides internet services in Pahalgam. The last time I was there, I heard that Airtel and Jio were planning to bring Fiber internet to Pahalgam after which it will only get even better.

Shopping in Pahalgam

Pahalgam, to be honest, is just a small town, or a large village. There are a few shops here selling day-to-day items, shawls, dry fruits, and handicrafts but there aren’t many.

For any shopping in Kashmir, Srinagar is the place where you should do it and not anywhere else. You will get a much better selection there and at better prices. In the rest of the places, you will most likely be scammed if you go shopping.

What & Where to Eat

Food will not be a problem in Pahalgam. There are several small restaurants and dhabas serving both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food items. You can also order at your own hotel as well if you do not want to step out.

Do keep in mind that the food in Pahalgam is a little on the expensive side. No matter what or where you eat, the prices will seem a bit steep but that is the case with almost every restaurant here.

There is no specific restaurant that I will recommend. I have eaten at a few and the food at all of them was just average, nothing too great.

If you are a pure vegetarian, go through the main market road before the Lidder bridge and you will come across Dhabas that serve vegetarians only.

For people who are OK with non-vegetarian food, my suggestion will be that you eat at your hotel only rather than trying to find a restaurant outside.

If you were staying in Aru, there are several Dhabas in the small village market. In Aru, you should try eating out rather than at your hotel.

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Srinagar to Pahalgam itinerary

An ideal time for visiting Pahalgam is 2-3 days, but the journey can also be completed easily in a single day. If you want to go on a trek that will last a few days in the forest, then the situation will of course change but for a regular tourist, 2 or 3 days is what I will recommend.

Below is an example of the itinerary that I will recommend.

Day 1: Srinagar to Aru Valley

Start early from Srinagar between 7 and 8 AM and you will make it to Pahalgam by 9.30 or 10 am at most. Drive straight to Betaab Valley and then to Chandanwari.

Drive back to Pahalgam, have lunch in the market, and then drive to Aru Valley. Spend the evening in the Aru meadow and stay there for the night.

Day 2: Local Sightseeing in Pahalgam

There are a few different ways this day can be planned. Drive down from Aru Valley to Pahalgam and go for a trek or pony ride to Baisaran Valley.

Going to Baisaran and coming back to Pahalgam will take up a few hours. Spend the evening on the Pahalgam golf course, see the park, and stay for the night in Pahalgam.

Day 3: Pahalgam to Srinagar

On this day, you will drive back to either Srinagar or straight to your next destination. If you were short on time, then skip Baisaran Valley and go back to Srinagar after visiting Lidder Park and the golf course.

Srinagar to Pahalgam Day Trip

If you want to make a day trip to Pahalgam, you must start as early as possible, by 7 am at most. You will get to Pahalgam by 9.30 am. Go straight to Betaab Valley and Chandanwari first. You should be able to get back to Pahalgam at 1 pm.

Have lunch and then go visit Aru Village. This will take another couple of hours and you should be able to be back in Pahalgam by 4 pm. Visit the golf course, and amusement park and drive back to Srinagar. You should be able to reach your hotel by 8 or 9 pm.

It will be a long day but yes, you will be able to cover all the major tourist places. Just make sure that you get up early by 7 am at most.

A day trip to Pahalgam from Srinagar can be done, though it is not recommended. My suggestion would be that you stay there for one night at least.

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Other Facilities

Mentioned below is information on other facilities.

Banks / ATM Services

I have seen branches of SBI, J&K Banks, and Axis Bank in Pahalgam and they all have their ATMs as well. On the way as well, you will notice a couple of ATMs in Anantnag. To be on the safer side though, I will recommend carrying cash from Srinagar itself.

The hotels here accept UPI payments as well but the same cannot be said about the restaurants/dhabas. Some may accept and others may not.

Medical Assistance

There is a government hospital in Pahalgam where can you get some basic medical assistance. There is a small hospital in Anantnag as well. For anything serious though, you will have to rush back to Srinagar.

I also noticed a chemist’s shop in the market area where you can buy some basic medicines.

Petrol Pump / Mechanics

There are a couple of petrol pumps in Pahalgam and you will also notice a few on the way after Anantnag. In terms of Mechanics, you can find someone for minor repairs here but for any major fault, you will have to seek help from Srinagar.

Srinagar to Pahalgam Road Conditions

The entire stretch of the road from Srinagar is in good condition. A major part of it is the NH44, Jammu Srinagar Highway which is super smooth. The rest of the road after Anantnag is also tarred and well-maintained.

The roads leading to Betaab Valley, Aru, and Chandanwari are a mix of good, bad, and average.

Best Vehicle

There is no best vehicle as such for visiting this region. As I mentioned, it is not at a significant height and is mostly in the valley. Irrespective of which car or bike you have, you will easily be able to reach Pahalgam without any problem.

The roads to Betaab Valley, Chandawari, and Aru Valley are quite steep though. To visit here, you will just have to make sure that your car or bike is good enough to climb steep ascents and will not stall.

1. How to reach Pahalgam from Jammu?

Jammu to Pahalgam will be a day-long trip. You will start early from Jammy, take NH44, and arrive in Anantnag. From there, rather than continuing to Srinagar, turn right and take the road toward Pahalgam. The travel time will be around 7 to 8 hours covering 253 kilometers.

2. How to reach Pahalgam from Katra

To get to Pahalgam from Katra, you will have to drive, you will have to drive back about 15 kilometers to Sen Brahmana where you will exit on NH44. From there, drive towards Udhampur and Anantnag. From Anantnag, you will then turn right and reach Pahalgam.

3. How to reach Pahalgam from Gulmarg?

There is no direct road between Pahalgam and Gulmarg. To travel between both these places, you will have to first drive back to Srinagar and then take the route towards Pahalgam that I discussed earlier in this article.

4. How to reach Pahalgam Valley?

This is a question I often get asked. Pahalgam Town and Pahalgam Valley are the same places. When you reach Pahalgam town, you are in Pahalgam valley only.

5. Srinagar to Pahalgam Distance

Srinagar to Pahalgam distance by road, irrespective of whether you were traveling by your private car or a bus, is about 90-100 kilometers.

This will also depend on where you were starting from in Srinagar. From Dal Lake, the distance is 95 kilometers whereas, from Srinagar airport, it is about 89 kilometers.

6. Srinagar Airport to Pahalgam Bus Fare

There is no direct bus from Srinagar Airport to Pahalgam. You will first have to reach Dal Gate and look for a bus there for Anantnag. In Anantnag, you will change buses and board another for Pahalgam.

7. Srinagar Airport to Pahalgam Taxi Fare

A taxi from Srinagar Airport to Pahalgam will cost you around Rs. 2000 – 2500 approximately.

8. Srinagar to Pahalgam in January

Yes, you can travel from Srinagar to Pahalgam in January as well. However, you may not be able to reach places like Chandanwari and Aru Valley as these roads get blocked by snow.

If there was a heavy snowfall recently, you may not even be able to get to Betaab Valley.

9. Srinagar to Pahalgam Travel Time

The travel time from Srinagar to Pahalgam is 3 hours by car and bike and 5-6 hours by Bus.

10. Where is Pahalgam Amusement Park?

Pahalgam Amusement Park is located on the road to Aru Valley. It is also known as Lidder Amusement Park.

11. Where is Pahalgam Main Market?

The main market mostly consists of a few shops selling day-to-day groceries and some tourist items like shawls, dry fruits, handicrafts, etc. It is easy to locate. Just follow the same main road that you took to reach Pahalgam and you will get to the main market.

12. How far is Pahalgam from Srinagar?

Pahalgam is at a distance of 95 kilometers from Srinagar.

13. Pahalgam Entry Fee

There is an entry fee of Rs. 50 for Pahalgam. The fee needs to be paid a couple of kilometers before Pahalgam, just as you are about to enter the valley.

14. Pahalgam Open and Close Time

There is no opening or closing time for Pahalgam. It is a town and remains accessible for all 12 hours.

15. Is Pahalgam Safe?

Pahalgam is one of the most visited destinations in Kashmir and a safe place.

I hope the information above on planning a trip to Pahalgam was of help. If you have any questions, you can contact me on Instagram  and I will be happy to answer. You can also consider  subscribing to my YouTube channel  and asking a question there.

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Hi Vargis Khan, I appreciate your naration and script writing. We are visiting Kashmir in the first week of June 2024. It’s splendid to read your articles. We are from Chennai. We are two couples . All 60+ age group. We reach Srinagar by air. Our itinerary is for 7 nights. First two nights in Srinagar. Next two nights in Gulmarg. Next two nights in Pahalgam. Last night in Srinagar houseboat. Kindly suggest the dresses and shoes for us. Kindly inform whether vegetarian food is available in all these places. Can we manage with English and little Hindi. Of course, we have already booked our hotels and single vehicle for the whole trip. Kindly share your email/ WhatsApp number. With thanks in advance.

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Thank u so much for this amazing post. Reading your blogs is really helpful. I am recently planning a trip to Kashmir, so i will stay for one night in Pahalgam as suggested by u and i will also visiting Gulmarg and Sonmarg so if i have a spare day according to u which will be better…staying one night in Gulmarg or Sonmarg…Plzzzz suggest. Waiting for ur reply. Thank u so much.

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The blog is useful for those who are planning Kashmir Trip.

Thank you !!!

Very knowledgeable blog. Nice writing.

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Dear Vargis, Really your write up in Kashmir is encouraging for senior citizens willing to explore nature . We have program to visit Kashmir on 23 Rd March 24 for a week with my daughter and grand kid. I am a bit apprehensive about possible snowfall in March end too at Pahal gam , Gulmarg and Sonamarg. If that will be an hindrance for travelling to those places for us? Or should we just enjoy Srinagar only? Though we really wish to see snow surfaces but for apprehensive abt too much cold or road blocks. As also in case all good can you please advise some star 4 or hotel good family hotel at Srinagar and Pahalgam/ Aru Valley.( May please recommend directly hotels on my mail)

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Hi, I am planning to visit Kashmir in summer with my family (includes 2 kids 10 yr and 12 yr). My plan is to fly to Delhi from Mumbai then overnight train to Udhmapur. I am planning to hire a taxi in advance for 5 days which will pick us from Udhampur on 1st day and leave us on 5th day at Udhampur railway station. My would be itinerary is as follows Day 1: Reach Udhampur early morning and by pre-hired taxi first visit Verinag and on the same day visit Achabal and stay that night at Achabal Day 2: Start from Achabal and go to Pahalgam. I understand that my pre-hired taxi cannot enter Pahalgam. So I will hire a taxi at Pahalgam and will visit Betab valley and Chandanwari and then go to Aru valley and will stay in Aru valley Day 3: On this day i will travel from Aru valley to Pahalgam and then with my pre hired taxi I will visit Chatpal and then Kokernag and then stay there. Day 4: On this day from Kokernag to Sinthantop and will be back to Kokernag again and overnight at Kokernag Day 5: from Kokernag to Udhampur and will catch a train to Delhi and fly out to Mumbai

Please let me know if this plan is feasible. Also, let me know any missing in this plan.

My real worry is Pahalgam. 1. Since I am planning to stay at Aru valley, please let me know how to manage taxi at Pahalgam. The taxi which I have hired at Pahalgam will stay with me or will go back to Pahalgam 2. If it goes back to Pahalgam how I will return to Pahalgam on next day 3. Will my pre-hired taxi at Udhampur will charge me even though I will not be using it.

Request your advice.

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Want to travel to Kashmir in tulip season with 60+ parents for 6-7 days. Would Srinagar-Pahalgam-Gulmarg-Sonmarg & back be very hectic? Any tips?

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I’m planning a trip to Srinagar and Pahalgam in November 2nd week and will be there for 6 nights..planning to stay first at Pahalgam for 2nights and remaining nights at Srinagar..requesting your guidance to use the time and enjoy it fully.. thanks in advance

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Lost count of the time I have referred to your blogs for planning trips. Much gratitude for the detailed findings you bring to us. You may consider my recommendation: please label/caption the images that supplement your blogs. If you already do, please ignore.

Thank you Sheetal. Feedback accepted. I will do so in the future

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HI Vargis, Nice to see your article regarding Kashmir tour, We are planning for one and would like to hear some advise, could you please share your contact no to my email Thanks Thomas

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This is so helpful as I am going solo!

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This is extremely helpful! You do much for taking the time to write this.

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Very informative post. Please suggest riverside resort in Aru valley.

Riverside resorts are down in Pahalgam, not in Aru Valley

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Hi, first of all, thanks for doing what you are doing. I have been reading your articles since we have decided to visit Kashmir and the detailed information you provide are really really helpful. I wonder how can you read my mine and have answered my query i have come for.

we are planning a Kashmir trip with our 3.5 year old daughter in 2nd week of May. we will be starting our trip from Jammu and end from Srinagar. to be precise, 6th may morning to 13th May evening. we are planning to visit Pahalgam, gulmarg, sonmarg, Kargil and Srinagar. if time allows we would like to explore places near Kargil or Doodhpathri(if kargil thig becomes hectic)

Need your suggestion on few thigs : 1. How to make the most out of our Jammu to Pahalgam road trip. Suggest places to stop at for some time or visit in less lime and places where we can enjoy authentic Kashmiri food. 2. suggest itinerary considering the weather in May. Our plan so far is as following: Day 1. jammu to pahalgam by road . relax and O/N stay in pahalgam Day 2. explore pahalgam and O/N stay in pahalgam Day 3. leave early in the morning for Gulmarg, gandola ride, explore the place and o/n stay in gulmarg Day 4. Leave for Sonmarg early morning and explore sonmarg with treking tajiwas glaciar and back to sonmarg Day 5. leave for kargil via zoji la pas, zero pint, kargil war memorial and night stay at kargil Day 6. visit suru valley and pensi la back to kargil Day 7. leave early in the morning for back to srinagar, shikara ride, light and sound show and house boat stay. Day 8. local sightseeing at srinagar and leave to catch flight by 5 pm 3. suggest things to do on the way to sonmarg- kargil- srinagar other than mentioned in the above plan 4. any other itinerary suggetion.

Thanks in advance 🙂

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Very informative and to the point blog. I’m planning to visit pahalgam in 1st week of June with family , planning a stay for 2 days and want a peace absorbing experience away from hustle and bustle , which area should I book hotel in?

You should stay in Aru Valley

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Hi Im travelling on 07 Mar ’23 with my family that has 2 Sr citizens. Which place do u recomend i shud stay. I do not want to waste too much travelling to tourist locations.. Im reaching on 08th evening and staying there for 09th night as well.

Your blog is really informative. Appreciate your effort brother !!

Thanks Brijsh Bhai. I will recommend staying in Aru Valley. You will enjoy there more.

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Reallyyy amazing and exceptionally well documented itinerary and suggestions. Rare to find such details. Big thank you

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Vargis – I’m sure you do this to help people – but you may not have an idea of HOW HELPFUL YOUR ARTICLES ARE. It feels so reassuring to read these. You cover everthing in just the right level of detail which is immensely helpful when planning trips. Thanks and God bless you bro!

Thank you Sandeep Bhai for your kind words

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  • 14 Best Places to Visit in Pahalgam You Must Know

Pahalgam is a top tourist destination and is located in the Jammu and Kashmir district. Situated on the banks of river Lidder, this famous hill station attracts tourists throughout the year. It is situated at an altitude of 7200 feet above sea level. This place is only 45 kilometers away from the main district headquarters of Anantnag district. It is also one of the most highlighted destinations in Kashmir Tour Packages . Couples and solo backpackers often look for places to cherish some moments amidst the serene nature, Pahalgam is a perfect place to embrace tranquility. In this blog, we will know about 14 Places To Visit In Pahalgam which are the most popular and attractive.

List Of The Best Places To Visit In Pahalgam

  • Betaab Valley
  • Chandanwari
  • Lidder Amusement Park
  • Kolahoi Glacier
  • Tulian Lake
  • Pahalgam Golf Course
  • Mamleshwar Temple
  • Sheshnag Lake
  • Tarsar Marsar Lake
  • Aru Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Martand Sun Temple
  • Lidder River

1. Betaab Valley

Betaab Valley

Betaab Valley of Pahalgam is one of the most beautiful and peaceful valleys of Jammu and Kashmir. It is just 7 km from Pahalgam town in the Anantnag region of Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier it was called Hagen Valley. But after the famous Bollywood movie Betaab was filmed here in the early 1980s, it was named Betaab Valley Pahalgam.

The valley is surrounded by snowy mountains and is filled with lush green meadows, waterfalls and forests. It is a favorite place to visit in Pahalgam and it’s famous for its stunning and picturesque views. The valley is also home to wildlife such as snow leopards and brown bears. During winter, the Betaab Valley of Kashmir is covered with thick snow.

2. Aru Valley

Aru Valley

Aru Valley is one of the most breathtaking places to visit in Pahalgam . This peaceful and stunning village is situated amidst lush green meadows, which attracts nature lovers and relaxation seekers with its picturesque views. This village is where treks to Kolahoi Glacier usually begin. Those looking for thrill and adventure can go on a three-day trip to Sonamarg. The valley has a great camping site, offering cool and pleasant summer weather for visitors to enjoy. In winter, when the ground freezes, the village turns into a skiing paradise.

3. Chandanwari

Chandanwari

The beautiful Chandanwari in Pahalgam is situated at an altitude of 2895 meters above sea level in Anantnag district of Kashmir division. It is famous for its stunning scenery and is a popular holiday destination for people from all over the world. The area is famous for its peaceful environment, making it an ideal place to relax and unwind. The sacred Amarnath Yatra, an annual pilgrimage of Hindus, passes through the Chandanwari Valley.

4. Lidder Amusement Park

Lidder Amusement Park

Lidder Amusement Park is one of the highest amusement parks globally and offers stunning views due to its beautiful location amidst picturesque landscapes. There are lush green meadows, a winding river that exudes peace and a high mountain in the background. Lidder Recreation Park is a must-visit on the list of places to visit in Pahalgam.

5. Kolahoi Glacier

Kolahoi Glacier

Kolahoi Glacier is located below Kolahoi Mountain and above the Lidder Valley. This 5 km long Hanging Valley Glacier is located just 5 km from Pahalgam city. Its area is 11 square km. Situated at an altitude of 4700 meters, this glacier is the largest in Kashmir. It is a part of the Kolahoi Peak and serves as the source of the Lidder River. A popular trekking destination and it offers spectacular views of the surrounding area.

6. Baisaran Valley

Baisaran Valley

Due to its breathtaking beauty, the Baisaran Valley is often called Mini-Switzerland. It is a popular tourist destination located just 5 km from Pahalgam in the Anantnag district of Kashmir. It is a gorgeous green meadow surrounded by snow-capped mountains and adorned with dense pine forests. This popular, unique tourist place to visit in Pahalgam is perfect for those seeking relaxation amidst nature.

7. Tulian Lake

Tulian Lake

Tullian Lake is a beautiful high-altitude lake near Pahalgam in Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is located at an altitude of 3,684 meters (12,087 ft) above sea level, about 16 km (9.9 mi) southwest of Pahalgam and 11 km (6.8 mi) from Baisaran. Surrounded by high mountains rising more than 4,800 meters (15,700 ft) that are often snow-capped, it lies amid the vast Himalayan range, amidst grasslands dotted with deodar forests. This lake is a must-see attraction in Pahalgam.

8. Pahalgam Golf Course

Pahalgam Golf Course

Pahalgam Golf Course is one of the highest golf courses globally. Situated at an altitude of about 8000 feet above sea level, this golf course is situated in the Himalayas, which boasts of its unique attraction. If you like golf, you can enjoy playing a few rounds on this 18-hole golf course. Even if you’re not a fan of golf, you can still learn some basic skills here and have a good time.

Additionally, you can enjoy the natural beauty of the high mountains on one side and the flowing Lidder River on the other. You can also explore the refreshments available on-site to satisfy your hunger. This increases the attraction of this beautiful place of Pahalgam even more.

9. Mamleshwar Temple

Mamleshwar Temple

Mamleshwar Temple also known as Mamal Temple is a Hindu temple located in the town of Pahalgam in the Kashmir Valley. It is situated at an altitude of 2,200 meters (7,200 ft) on the banks of the Lidder River. According to legend, this temple is the place where Parvati kept Ganesha as her guardian and entry is allowed only with his permission. It is here that the story goes that Shiva cut off the head of Ganesha, who later replaced it with the head of an elephant. “Mamal” means “do not go” hence this temple is also known as Mamal Temple.

10. Sheshnag Lake

Sheshnag Lake

Sheshnag Lake is located about 17 km from Pahalgam and at an altitude of about 3,590 meters. Its vibrant green waters are home to a variety of fish including brown trout, while it is surrounded by mountains and snow-clad peaks. The lake’s water is renowned for its high quality with low algae production. The trekking route to Sheshnag Lake is exceptionally beautiful and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and vast grasslands. This lake is associated with several mythological stories, one of which suggests that it is of Sheshnag, the god of snakes himself.

11. Tarsar Marsar Lake

Tarsar Marsar Lake

Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek is an alpine lake located in the Tral Valley of Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is famous for its natural beauty. It is a popular tourist places to visit in Pahalgam. The lake is separated from another similar lake, Tarsar Lake, by a mountain with a minimum elevation of 4,000 meters (13,000 ft). Due to their proximity and similar characteristics, the two lakes are often referred to as “twin sisters”. Tarsar-Marsar Trek is one of the most favorite treks in Kashmir Valley.

12. Aru Wildlife Sanctuary

Aru Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area near Pahalgam and is famous for its diverse wildlife and beautiful scenery. It falls within the range of the highly endangered Hangul (Cervus elaphus Hangul), which is currently found only in Dachigam National Park. It is connected to Dachigam through Lidder Forest. With its abundant flora and fauna, this sanctuary is a paradise for nature lovers and wildlife lovers who want an immersive experience in natural surroundings.

13. Martand Sun Temple

Martand Sun Temple

Martand Sun Temple is also known as Pandou Laidan and is a Hindu temple honoring Surya, the principal solar deity of Hinduism. It dates back to the eighth century B.C. Is of. Martand is another name for the Sun in Sanskrit. This temple was built by Lalitaditya Muktapida, the third ruler of the Karkota dynasty. This temple is now in ruins, as it was destroyed on the orders of the Muslim ruler Sikandar Shah Miri. It is located about five miles from Anantnag in the Indian Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

14. Lidder River

Lidder River

Lidder River is an important river in the Kashmir Valley of Jammu and Kashmir. It is a 73 km long river that starts from the Kolahoi Glacier at an altitude of 4653 meters and flows through the alpine meadows of Lidderwat. It is the second most important tributary of the Jhelum River after the Sindh River. Lidder joins Jhelum at Girnar Khanabal village situated at an altitude of 1615 meters above sea level.

A must-see place in Pahalgam is the Central Lidder Valley, where the river spreads over an area of 30 km, which adds to the attraction of this tourist destination. The river water is a beautiful shade of blue. It adds to the attraction of Pahalgam and Aru Valley. This river is perfect for activities like river rafting and trout fishing. Adventure tourists come here not only for these activities but also to enjoy the unique beauty of Lidder Valley.

Best Time To Visit Pahalgam

The best time to visit Pahalgam and visit these attractions is during the summer months of April to June when the weather is pleasant and best for outdoor activities. The spring season from March to April also presents a beautiful display of flowering meadows.

Things to do in Pahalgam

Here is a list of other fun things to do in Pahalgam apart from visiting the places mentioned above.

  • White Water Rafting
  • Photography
  • Fishing in Lidder River
  • Horse Riding

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.1 What Are Some Must-See Places To Visit In Pahalgam?

Ans. Some of the must-see places in Pahalgam include Betab Valley, Aru Valley, Chandanwadi, Lidder Recreation Park and Kolahoi Glacier.

Q.2 What Is The Best Time To Visit Pahalgam To See Its Attractions?

The best time to visit Pahalgam and explore its attractions is during the summer months of April to June when the weather is pleasant and ideal for outdoor activities.

Q.3 Are There Any Religious Places Worth Visiting In Pahalgam?

Ans. Yes, Pahalgam is home to many religious places including Mamleshwar Temple and Martand Sun Temple, which are known for their architectural beauty and religious significance.

Q.4 Are There Any Wildlife Sanctuaries Or Parks In Pahalgam?

Yes, tourists can visit the Aru Wildlife Sanctuary, which is known for its diverse wildlife including the Himalayan brown bear, musk deer and various bird species.

Q.5 Are There Any Water Bodies Or Lakes Worth Visiting In Pahalgam?

Ans. Pahalgam has many breathtaking lakes and water bodies, such as Tulian Lake, Sheshnag Lake and Tarsar Marsar Lake, which are known for their serene beauty and panoramic views.

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Fringed by snow-covered Himalayan peaks, deep valleys and skirted by the gushing glacial Lidder river, the hill station of Pahalgam in Kashmir Valley, is one of nature's benevolent and beatific expressions. Offering much in the way of awe-inspiring sights, this quaint town is located at the confluence of two streams flowing from the pristine Sheshnag lake and the Lidder river. Perched at a height of 2,130 m, Pahalgam's journey from a humble shepherd's village with breathtaking views to a cherished golfing destination, popular across the world, has been exciting. The huge, undulating meadow of Baisaran, surrounded by thickly wooded pine forests offers a haven for nature lovers. Known for its stunning landscape, Pahalgam has been the location for several Bollywood films, including the superhit Betaab film (1983), after which is named the Betaab Valley!During summer, as soft green grass carpets the meadows, tourists start arriving here, some to soak in nature's bounty and others for a dash of adventure. The nearby Chandanwari glacier point is very popular among trekkers.

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The nearest airport is at Srinagar. A cab or taxi can be hired to reach Pahalgam.

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14 Must See Places in Pahalgam

14 Must See Places in Pahalgam

Out of the numerous places in Kashmir, Pahalgam stands out as one that is a must see. Pahalgam has plenty of sightseeing places, making it one of the go to destinations for all kinds of travelers, from family to couples and corporate teams, and so on. Located at a height of 7200 ft, Pahalgam- called the ‘Valley of Shepherds’ , is a scenic hill station in Kashmir where great many Bollywood movies have been shot. Perched at the intersection of Lidder River & the Sheshnag Lake, Pahalgam is encompassed by thickly lush pine backwoods, stunning vistas of knolls and the snow-clad Himalayan mountains. The best time to go to Pahalgam , is from the start of March month to end of November. Although winter is also a great time as then you would be able to see Pahalgam in a different Avatar.

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Here are some of the must see places in Pahalgam that make your tour quite memorable no matter when you visit:

Baisaran hills.

Baisaran Hills

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Known worldwide as the ‘Mini Switzerland’ owing to its long, dark meadows looking like those found in Switzerland, Baisaran is a picturesque glade, set just 5 km far from Pahalgam. The thick pine timberland that lends the green-carpet look to the glade gives a differentiating hue to snow-topped crests of the encompassing mountains. One of the top places to visit in Pahalgam , a trip to the knoll is really a treat for the senses. Furthermore, Baisaran is a perfect campground for trekkers who wish to travel further up to Tulian Lake. To get there you need to ride the ponies. An off-beaten track it lets one enjoy panoramic views of the Lidder Valley.

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Mamleshwar Temple

Mamleshwar Temple

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With a rich history dating back to the 12th century, Mamleshwar is among the ancient temples in Pahalgam. Set on the bank of River Lidder, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple encloses a plinth and a Shiva Lingam, with a sparkling water spring covered by a gorge. Located One km downstream from Pahalgam, tourists generally walk to the temple from the town. The holy complex furthermore has a sanctum that is totally adorned with gold, and was set up during the reign of a former ruler. The temple is unmistakably one of the most attractive tourist places to visit in Pahalgam.

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Avantipur Temple

Avantipur Temple

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Pahalgam has many things to offer to dedicated explorers. The famous Avantipur Temple, established by Maharaja Avantivarman who ruled from AD 855-883, is one of them. Today, the temple is in ruins yet it is the most visited site for the devout. A wall encases the central shrine, an ideal point to click pictures of this attraction. The eerie ruins of Avantipur gives an impeccable setting to photographers.

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Pahalgam Golf Course

Pahalgam Golf Course

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The Pahalgam fairway offers gorgeous views of the azure skies overhead a thick green turf and snow-covered peaks standing tall at the backdrop. For golf aficionados, playing their favorite sport here is a one of a kind experience. But novices too can try a hand at golf amidst the rich ambiance of the Pahalgam Green.

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Kolahoi Glacier

Kolahoi Glacier

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A breathtakingly beautiful spot Kolahoi Glacier is one of the must see sightseeing places in Pahalgam. The lone way to get to the Kolahoi Glacier is through a laborious trek, not for the weakling. At 18,000 feet, the stunning views upon entry truly make the journey a memorable experience. The trek is flushed with dense green mountain vegetation & green glades. Thundering River Lidder, thick conifer backwoods with ice cold loquacious rivulets are all there to make the trek to the icy mass all the more memorable.

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Aru Village & Valley

Aru Village

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When in Pahalgam, take a tour of the town of the Lidder Valley, Aru . Just 15 kilometers away from Pahalgam, it’s the median location for any hike to the Kolahoi glacier, set at a height of 18,000 ft. The drive up to Aru is a scenic one so be ready with your cameras for some stunning shots of the Valley. On the way you’ll also see plenty of young fouls and calves. The blue canopy over the head, surreal surroundings, whispers of the local pines & conifer woodlands and wonderful green glades, make Aru an Idyllic honeymoon destination.

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Chandanwari

Chandanwari

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Chandanwari , located on the periphery of Pahalgam, is one of the top tourist places having great religious importance. It is the initiation point of the Amarnath Yatra , an important pilgrimage held in the Hindu month of Sawan. Endowed with breathtaking beauty, this spot is a chief attraction for travelers coming to the Kashmir Valley. Undulating landscapes and sporadic greenery overhangs the topography of this little and picturesque hamlet.

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Tulian Lake

Tulian Lake

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Among the top tourist activities in Pahalgam, a visit to the Tulian Lake is a never to miss opportunity. Set in the midst of the Zanskar and Pir Panjal Mountain ranges the lake gives stunning views of the bordering snow-capped peaks that are for the most part 300 meters above its level. Primarily overlaid with snow, Tulian Lake journey is a perfect way to witness the natural beauty of Kashmir Valley. Its way from Baisaran is a bit weary, with unmarked trekking trails, but the barren hills and the eye-catching landscape make up for the tiredness.

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Sheshnag Lake

Sheshnag Lake

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Sheshnag Lake is a notable vacationer destination and pilgrimage site, located close to Pahalgam in Kashmir. Its name originated from Sheshnag – the sacred serpent according to Hindu mythology. According to the legend the serpent burrowed this lake and made it his residence, where he lives to this day. This every travel guide will tell, that in order to reach the lake one needs to take an uphill trek, starting from Chandanwari. Another option is a pony ride. The picturesque surroundings of this lake comprise of green meadows and snow-covered hills. The lake is also habitat of brown trout fish.

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Betaab Valley

Betaab Valley

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Betaab Valley is a beautiful spot located in the upper east side of Pahalgam. This valley ascribed its name to the hit Bollywood film Betaab, which was shot in its picturesque surrounding. Sprawling lush meadows, snow-topped peaks and winding streams form the amazing topography of this valley. Aside from being a spot with noteworthy topography, the valley is a well known trekking base and campground for voyagers who are looking to scout the adjacent highland regions. The secluded settings, and the natural lush surroundings of the Betaab valley attracts many just-married couples, who are on a honeymoon trip to Kashmir .

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Marsar Lake

Marsar Lake

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Marsar Lake, one of the high-altitude lakes is a scenic spot and is seen as one of the top tourist destinations in Pahalgam. The lake is 5 km away from Nagberan village. Marsar Lake alongside Tarsar Lake make up a testing trekking trail – however adventure seekers can look forward to enjoy every bit of this rugged but mesmerizing landscape. The Marsar Lake trek offers tourists a glimpse of the stunning beauty of Kashmir. The traveler gets the opportunity to experience its scenic knolls, unspoilt lakes and aesthetic valleys – that are famous across the world. The rocky landscape around the lake draws in trekking lovers from every nook of the world, in this way making the lake a famous name among Pahalgams’ best tourist places to visit.

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Mattan

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Mattan, located a couple of kilometers from Anantnag on the Pahalgam road, is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage site. The holy place attracts large number of devotees from all parts of the country. It is one of those religious spots in India where the ministers and savants used to assemble for worshiping the Sun God. The temple is well known for its lovely Shiva Lingam, which is safeguarded inside a captivating brick structure encompassed by clear blue water on all sides.

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Lidderwat

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Lidderwat is situated around 22 km away from Pahalgam. The breathtaking natural scenery of the spot is captivating with its thick forest and rich green meadows. Situated at an elevation of 3408 m above ocean level, it serves as a perfect campground for travelers. Adventure seekers can venture on a trekking expedition, up to the Kolahoi Glaciers and the twin lakes of Tarsar and Marsar. To get here tourists either hire taxis or ponies.

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Sinthan Top

Sinthan Top

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Sinthan Top is close to Pahalgam and is a beautiful place with plenty of tourist attractions. The spot is quickly developing as one of the top vacation destinations in Kashmir. Nearly 37 kilometers of winding and uphill drive from Daksum, it takes the traveler to a thrilling journey. On reaching the Sinthan Top one gets to see the amazing panoramas of the snow-clad terrains. The place offers many opportunities for mountaineering, trekking and skiing.

To conclude there are so many tourist attractions and things to do in Pahalgam, to keep a vacationer busy and engaged during their entire trip.

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Tourism in Pahalgam valley

Pahalgam also known as “village of Shepherds” is a popular destination in Kashmir. Pahalam is known for its scenic and breathtaking beauty with the main attraction is Lidder river. The base camp for Amarnath yatra is also Located in Pahalgam. The Pahalgam village provides a peaceful environment for relaxation and offers activities like trekking, horse riding , and fishing . With its lush meadows and serene atmosphere, Pahalgam is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers. The tourism in Pahalgam is experiencing rapid growth from last few years. Pahalgam is famous for its Valleys Aru valley, Betaab valley, chandanwari valley and Baisaran valley. The best month to visit Pahalgam is from April to August. To fully explore Pahalgam, a minimum of two days is recommended.

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Best time to visit Pahalgam Kashmir

April to September is the best time to visit  Pahalgam. The temperature of Pahalgam during these months ranges from 20-27 degree . During this time the weather in Pahalgam remains pleasant  and you can explore the valley freely. For current temperature in pahalgam you can check online to get accurate details.

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Pahalgam in March

The Pahalgam weather in March is slightly cooler compared to summer. As the snow begins to melt, the lush green meadows and vibrant wildflowers are unveiled. The temperature in March ranges from around 10°C to 0°C. Compared to the summer months, March witnesses a significantly lower tourist influx.

Pahalgam in May

The month of May marks the beginning of the summer season in Pahalgam, bringing pleasant weather with temperatures ranging from  7°C to 18°C . Tourist activity starts increasing from this month due to summer vacations in most parts of India. You can expect a good tourist crowd, especially on weekends, in Pahalgam during May. The Pahalgam weather in May is pleasantly perfect for finding relief from daily busy life. Book Kashmir cab service here

Pahalgam temperature in June

The month of June is considered one of the best month to visit Pahalgam. The average temperature in Pahalgam during June month ranges from a high of 18°C to a low of 6°C . June is considered the peak tourist season in Pahalgam. 

How far is Pahalgam from Srinagar

From Srinagar, Pahalgam is approximately 90 kilometers away, and the road trip takes around 2 to 3 hours. There are various options to reach Pahalgam from Srinagar, but the best and most convenient method is a private cab. Another option is to take a shared taxi from Srinagar to Anantnag, and from Anantnag, you can board another shared cab to reach Pahalgam. However, this option is time-consuming and is not recommended if you are on a day trip to Pahalgam. Additionally, you can take a train from Srinagar to Anantnag. The journey takes about one hour. From Anantnag Railway Station, you can then take a bus or taxi to reach Pahalgam.

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How to Reach Pahalgam from Srinagar

Pahalgam is located in district Anantnag. The Srinagar to Pahalgam distance is around 90 km, You can hire a taxi from Srinagar or go for self drive car in Srinagar . Check updated taxi rates in Kashmir. You can also rent a bike from Bikerental srinagar to reach Pahalgam. 

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There are many hotels available in pahalgam, so you can book one as per your budget and requirement. Here is the list of best hotels in Pahalgam:

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There are many tourist places in pahalgam which you can explore either by pony riding or by trekking. The most popular and famous are (Aru valley, Betaab valley, Chandanwari) ABC valleys of Pahalgam. Apart from these famous valleys in Pahalgam there are other valleys including Baisaran valley(also known as mini Switzerland of Kashmir) and also some trekking places in Pahalgam like Kolahoi Glacier, Sheshnag Lake, Tulian Lake trek, Lidderwat Trek, Tarsar Marsar Trek.

Pahalgam in Summer

Pahalgam in summer presents a beautiful view of lush green meadows with the gushing Lidder River. During the summer, you can visit all tourist attractions in Pahalgam, including Aru Valley, Betaab Valley, Chandanwari, and Baisaran Valley. During summer, the temperature in Pahalgam remains pleasant, ranging from 15 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius, perfect for river rafting, paragliding , angling, trekking to Kolahoi Glacier, and golfing .

Pahalgam in summer is the perfect hill station to refresh yourself and enjoy its natural beauty. Also check apple season in Kashmir

Pahalgam in Winter

The winter season in Pahalgam starts from November to February. During this period, the temperature usually remains below zero. If you are looking for live snowfall in Pahalgam, then December to January is the best time to visit. In winter, the lush green meadows of Pahalgam get covered under the white blanket of snow. If you are visiting Pahalgam in winter, make sure to pack warm clothes, as the night temperature drops below zero degrees. 

Skiing, sledging, ATV ride , Snow biking  and pony riding are some of the activities you can do in Pahalgam in winter. You can take part in the Pahalgam Snow Festival, which is organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department annually.

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  • Tarsar Lake

Aru valley Pahalgam

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Pahalgam to Aru valley distance

The Pahalgam to Aru valley distance is 13 kilometers and takes around 45 minutes. Aru village is a famous trekking destination in Pahalgam and also serves as base camp to many trekking places including the famous Kolhoi Glacier trek and Tarsar Marsar Lake trek. If you have only one day you can still go for short treks in Aru Pahalgam like a trek to Green top and Lidderwat. You can reach Aru valley from Pahalgam either by a private taxi or by a shared taxi. Aru valley is famous for its scenic views and trekking. you can book Aru valley JKTDC resort to stay in Aru valley.

Betaab valley Pahalgam

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Pahalgam to Betaab valley distance

Betaab valley is another most popular places in pahalgam tourism. The betaab valley distance from Pahalgam is just 7 kilometers. The entry fee for Betaab valley is Rs. 100 per ticket. Betaab valley got its name from famous bollywood movie Betaab , featuring Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh. The valley is located along the route to the famous Amarnath temple . Betaab Valley is famous for being the shooting location of the Bollywood movie “Betaab”. No entry fee required for Aru Valley Pahalgam.

Chandanwari Pahalgam

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Pahalgam to Chandanwari distance

Chandanwari valley pahalgam is the starting point of Amarnath Yatra and is 16 kilometers from Pahagam. The road connectivity is upto Chandarwari, and from there, you’ll need to trek to reach the Amarnath cave. You can enjoy snow sledding, Photography, pony ride , Sightseeing and Hiking. Chandanwari is famous as Gateway of the Amarnath Yatra, an annual holy pilgrimage for Hindus. No entry fee required for Chandanwari Pahalgam.

Baisaran valley Pahalgam

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Pahalgam to Baisaran valley distance

Baisaran Pahalgam is just 5 kilometers from Pahalgam. There is no road connectivity to Baisaran valley , you can reach Baisaran valley either by walk or hire a pony ride. Baisaran valley  also serves as a base camp to Tulian Lake Trek. Baisaran valley is also known as mini Switzerland of Kashmir.

Dabyan valley Pahalgam

Dabyan valley is a vast meadow situated on top of the mountain range, surrounded by snow capped mountains and presents a breathtaking view of Pahalgam and Lidder valley. 

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Pahalgam to Srinagar distance is around 90 km. You can hire a cab from Srinagar to reach Pahalgam.

You can either hire a cab from Srinagar or use a bus to reach Pahalgam. The nearest airport is Srinagar international Airport.

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The Srinagar to Pahalgam road is smooth and well maintained, you’ll enjoy beautiful views during your Pahalgam trip.

The distance from pahagam to Srinagar Airport is about 91 km.

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Here is the list of 18 things to do in pahalgam for a perfect hillside escape, 1. revel in the beauty of aru valley.

Revel in the Beauty of Aru Valley

Juxtaposed against the snow-covered Himalayan peaks, Aru Valley is an enthralling village in Kashmir. One of the most popular valleys in Kashmir, it is the base camp for visits to the huge number of lakes, meadows and peaks around it like the Kolhoi glacier and the Tarsar lake. The village of Aru lies beside the Aru river, a tributary of the Lidder river. The Aru valley is noted for its scenic meadows. Most tourists come here for areas of peace and quiet in the lap of nature. Visiting here is one of the topmost things to do in Pahalgam.

2. Relax and Rejuvenate by the Lidder River

Relax and Rejuvenate by the Lidder River

Located in the picturesque beauty that the state of Jammu and Kashmir is, the Lidder River is a glacial river that originates from the Kolahoi glacier. Flowing through the valleys of Pahalgam, this mighty river is a sight to behold and is a popular tourist hotspot as well. And making a visit here is one of the topmost things to do in Pahalgam. The crystal clear water houses many different varieties of fish and is also used for irrigation purposes. The peaceful aura of this destination combined with its scenic beauty makes it a quaint picnic spot to spend some quality time in the lap of nature. The Lidder river of Jammu and Kashmir is the perfect spot to relax and unwind away from the chaos of city life.

3. Watch the View from Betaab Valley

Watch the View from Betaab Valley

Previously known by the name of Hagan Valley or Hagoon, the Betaab Valley in Pahalgam is a breathtaking combination of picturesque surroundings that is encircled by mountains full of tall deodar trees and pine forests, with the Lidder River flowing right through it. The valley is located at a distance of 15 kilometres from Pahalgam in the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir in northern India. The valley got its more recent and attractive name from a famous Bollywood movie that was shot here and has been attracting a large number of tourists ever this. The place is a must-visit destination and you should definitely include it in your bucket list of things to do in Pahalgam.

4. Experience the Thrilling White River Rafting

Experience the Thrilling White River Rafting

One of the prime things to do in Pahalgam is to try white river rafting. Indulge into pure awesomeness in the rivers flowing in and around Pahalgam by rafting in its gentle gradients. A 2km stretch on the Aru branch of Lidder River is the popular rafting spot in Pahalgam. In Pahalgam, white river rafting generally starts in the month of June.

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5. watch the amazing view from kolahoi glacier.

Watch the Amazing View from Kolahoi Glacier

Situated over the Lidder River, Kolahoi glacier is a hanging glacier known for its breath taking views. While the only way of reaching this glacier is though trekking, one can also hire ponies or horses for some parts of the journey. The terrains to reach the glacier are extremely challenging and are not advised to be undertaken by inexperienced trekkers.

6. Trek to the Beauteous Tulian Lake

Trek to the Beauteous Tulian Lake

Between the Pir Panjar and the Zanskar range is a sparkling blue lake, dotted by chunks of ice during the few times in the year, when isn't frozen completely. At an altitude of 4000m above sea level, the lake demands a 2-day trek from Aru to be reached. One can also hire ponies, available from this trip to the lake.

7. Try Your Hand at Skiing

Try Your Hand at Skiing

Skiing in the mesmerizing terrain of Pahalgam is an experience you would not want to miss. After Gulmarg, this town is one of the best options that offer the true essence of Kashmir. Aru, situated a short distance from Pahalgam is the prime location of skiing bounded by enchanting landscape and abundance of tranquility making the activity of skiing an experience of pure ecstasy. Two-day Snow Festival in the town witness the tourist from all around the world showcasing winter sports.

8. Shop in the Local Markets

Shop in the Local Markets

While in Pahalgam do shop for woolens, carpets, kaftans, Namaz prayer rugs, Kashmiri handicrafts and tea cozies. Zamindar-Home of Handicrafts, is a shop in Pahalgam where one can not only get carpets and Gabbas but also fantastic shawls and dress materials with some lovely Kashmiri embroidery. Market browsing is one of the prime things to do in Pahalgam. You can pick really good stuff from here to take back home as souvenirs.

9. Trek through the Gorgeous Chandanwari

Trek through the Gorgeous Chandanwari

Chandanwari, located 15 km from Pahalgam, is the starting point of the famous Amarnath Yatra. It is also famous for the snow sledging on a snow bridge. The place is perfect to enjoy a picnic with your family and enjoy the natural beauty. Chandanwari is best recognised as the place where the Bollywood movie "Betaab" was shot. Many modern facilities have come up here for the visitors. Treks in this region begin from Pahalgam, as the 35 km trail crosses through pinewoods to the Kolahoi Glacier.

10. Seek Blessings at Mamaleshwara Temple

Seek Blessings at Mamaleshwara Temple

At a distance of about a kilometer form Pahalgam, is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, constructed purely of stone, by the then King Jayasima. The temple is marked as a significant place of worship in the region and draws pilgrims from all over the state. The place is a popular destination in the region even for the tourists owing to its gorgeous views. Visiting here is one of the best things to do in Pahalgam.

11. Play Golf at the Gold Course

Play Golf at the Gold Course

At an altitude of about 2400m above sea level, a nine hole golf course is sported by Pahalgam, also referred to as 'Plateau' by a lot of locals. One can also rent equipments here as well as enjoy the few refreshments available in the premises.

12. Find Peace at the Tranquil Lolab Valley

Find Peace at the Tranquil Lolab Valley

Lolab valley is in the northern district Kupwara of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Lolab valley is studded with natural beauty and warm, hospitable locals. Minus the throngs of tourists. This part of Kashmir is as virgin as it gets. If you are a nature lover, you should definitely include visiting here in your list of things to do in Pahalgam.

13. Take Part in the Famous Amarnath Yatra

Take Part in the Famous Amarnath Yatra

Pahalgam is also a host to the famous Amarnath Yatra which takes place each year during the month of Sawan (July to August). It commence from both routes, of Pahalgam and Baltal. Chandanwari which is around 15 km from Pahalgam is the starting point for Amarnath Yatra. From Chandanwari, pilgrims need to continue their Yatra on foot or on a pony, which takes at least 2 days to reach the cave and back, with an overnight stay in either Shishnag or Panchtarni.

14. Camp with a View at Panchtarni

Camp with a View at Panchtarni

A camper's delight, Panchtarni is one of the most scenic spots around Pahalgam. At a distance of 40 km from the town, it has a narrow path which when traveled leads to the Amarnath caves. You should definitely include the activity in your itinerary of things to do in Pahalgam. It will surely be na experience of a lifetime for you.

15. Trek the Trails in the Mountains

Trek the Trails in the Mountains

One of the topmost things to do in Pahalgam is trekking the gorgeous trails. With plenty of trekking trails, Pahalgam is the base camp for countless trekkers. Challenging mountain ranges, pristine lakes and plateaus make the region of Pahalgam suitable for all types of trekking. Best time to trek in Pahalgam is from April to June.

16. Soak in the Serenity of Sheshnag Lake

Soak in the Serenity of Sheshnag Lake

Sheshnag Lake is one of the topmost attractions of Pahalgam and is an epitome of natural beauty, peace and serenity. Enveloped in snow capped mountains and surrounded by tall alpine meadows, the lake is a haven for nature lovers. Besides, it also holds significant importance among the devotees who believe that Lord Sheshnag still resides in the lake.

17. Have a Fun Day Out at Lidder Amusement Park

Have a Fun Day Out at Lidder Amusement Park

Lidder Amusement Park is one of the best amusement parks in the region replete with paddle boats, miniature railways, bumping car rides, and other swings and fun games; all in the lap of the mighty mountain peaks. The place is a favourite among both the kids and the adults. Providing sweeping views of the hills in the backdrop, the amusement park is a perfect way to spend a day out.

18. Take a Walk Down the Pristine Baisaran Meadows

Take a Walk Down the Pristine Baisaran Meadows

Baisaran is a beautiful destination 6 kms away from Pahalgam in Jammu & Kashmir. With tranquil meadows, pristine lakes and picturesque setting, you can just stroll down the area or sit down to have a picnic. The place also has very many options of fun games and rides, pony rides, zorbing etc. The place is a popular tourist attraction in the area and you should definitely stop by if you are visiting here.

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Get rid of the hot summers and do some merriment activities in the air-cooled weather of Pahalgam. Imagine a place with a combo of mountains, rivers, trees, a clear blue sky and a bright night of millions of stars twinkling! It is a dream place for every nature lover and a paradise for visitors. Explore the best places to visit & things to do in Pahalgam and view the dazzling nature of the place.

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1. Sightseeing

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You can enjoy the beautiful view of the flowing Lidder river from pine-covered forests in Pahalgam. The sound of the river, the chirping of birds and a calm atmosphere will definitely make you relax amidst nature.

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Enjoying the nature of Pahalgam by camping at the Aru Valley. The nature lover gets to sink in the beauty and silent atmosphere of the place. Activities like horse riding, fishing, trekking and much more are offered at this place. There are nearby restaurants for tourists to try out some lip-smacking dishes.

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3. River Rafting

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After calm and peaceful days of journey, begin with the adventurous moments in Pahalgam. Rafting in the Lidder River is one of the most famous sports that every tourist wants to try. For a beginner, a 2.5 km stretch is more suitable especially for children who are above 12 years. As for pros, a stretch of 5-8 km is the best to have a thrilling adventure on this trip. Enjoy river rafting as it is one of the best things to do in Pahalgam, Kashmir.

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4. Trout Fishing

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Get into another part of the exciting trip! You can find a lot of tributaries and streams that are fed by the Lidder River which gives you the option for fishing. The fishing season is at peak during the months of April-October. A lot of tour operators are assigned to rent the equipment for fishing along with some guidelines for the safety of the tourists.

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Pahalgam Golf Club is one of the popular tourist attractions not only for its course but also for the panoramic view of mountains, trees and cool atmosphere which boosts your mood to play golf for hours. So, do not forget to include it in your itinerary.

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6. Sledding

Chandhanwari

One of the top tourist, picnic and movie spots of the region, Chandhanwari is the starting point of the Amarnath temple. No one ever misses the chance to visit and grab the opportunity to experience the adventures in Chandhawari. Gumboots are provided for rent from nearby stalls and you will be guided by the locals about safety guidelines for sledding.

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After all the enthralling adventures, end the tour with some scrumptious delicacies and sweets at the bakery shops and restaurants available nearby. Relax and grab the taste of Kashmiri food in Pahalgam.

Further Read: Restaurants In Kashmir: 13 Places That Are Foodie’s Paradise In Heaven On Earth

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Frequently Asked Questions about Things to Do in Pahalgam

What are the top attractions to visit in Pahalgam?

Some of the best places you can visit in Pahalgam are Aru Valley, Chandanwari, Baisaran, Betab Valley, Lidder River, Sheshnag Lake, and more.

How can I spend 2 days in Pahalgam?

If you want to enjoy a wonderful vacation in Pahalgam, you can spend your first-day exploring major attractions like Aru Valley, Betab Valley, Shehsnag Lake, etc. On day 2, you can indulge in adventurous activities like camping, river rafting, trout fishing, golfing, and more.

Can I visit Pahalgam during the current Covid situation?

Yes, you can plan a visit to Pahalgam during the current Covid situation. However, make sure that you are completely vaccinated and always carry your vaccination certificate. Besides this, you need to follow government protocols that include wearing a mask when in public, sanitizing hands at certain intervals, and maintaining social distance.

What is special in Pahalgam?

Pahalgam is famous for its natural charm that you can witness in its snow-capped mountains, Lidder Valley, and picturesque golf course. The awe-striking beauty, the pleasant weather, the marvellous tourist attractions and the enticing things to do in Pahalgam make it the ideal destination for all travellers.

What is the best time to visit Pahalgam?

The best time to visit Pahalgam is definitely in winter as it looks heavenly in this season. March to November are the best months to visit this hill station as you can try a lot of outdoor activities in these months.

How can I reach Pahalgam?

There are no direct trains or flights to reach Pahalgam. You can book a train from Delhi to Jammu or a flight from Delhi to Srinagar and then hire a taxi and reach Pahalgam.

How many days do I need in Pahalgam?

Pahalgam is a tranquil hill station and you can plan a trip for 2 to 3 days and enjoy a break from your hectic city life.

Where can I try river rafting in Pahalgam?

Zanskar river is the best spot for trying river rafting in Pahalgam on your vacation.

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