Location: 95-km From Srinagar, Kashmir Region, J&K
Main Attractions: Mamaleshwara, Baisaran, Tulian Lake, Aru
Best Time To Visit: In Summer - May To September In Winter -
November To February
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.
Trout fishing in Lidder River is quite popular sport in
Pahalgam. Permits have to be collected well in advance from J
& K fisheries department. Best season for fishing is April to
Sightseeing & treks
Baisaran (5 km) is an exciting place where a stream flows
through the meadows and pine trees. Shikargha a wild life
reserve is another nearby picnic spot reached on foot or by
pony. The Betab valley at a walk able distance is a tourists
spot famous for many film shootings. Phrislan at a short trek
is an ideal place for troth fishing.
The Mughal gardens in this small town were begun by Nur Jahan
and completed by Jahanara, daughter of Shah Jahan, in 1640.
It's one of the most carefully designed of the Kashmir gardens
and was said to be a favourite retreat of Nur Jahan. Water
from a copious spring flows from the garden in three stone
lined canals, over three terraces and three cascades, with
several fountains in the main canal. There are three pavilions
on the upper terrace, shaded by Chinar Trees. There's a
tourist bungalow, tourist huts and a camping ground at Achabal.
One may be suffering garden overload by the time one gets
here, but Kokarnag has yet another one, noted for its roses.
Like Achabal there is a tourist bungalow, tourist huts and a
camping ground for accommodation.
Mattan temple : few kilometers ahead of Anantnag, a pond
full of holy fishes is renowned locally as creations of Lord
Ashmuqam (80) km A famous shrine of Ziana Shah Sahib RH
fall enrooted to Pahalgam.
Mamal Temple : The ancient temple of Mamalika built in
11th century by King Jayasiknba is situated on the right bank
of the Lidder. The temple ahs a pedestal and a Shivalinga.
Aru : is a resort village 11 km from Pahalgam with a motor
able road, From here a famous trek via Lidderwat leads to the
Kolohai Glaciers at an altitude fo 34 oo mtrs. Here you can
have a glimpse of Kolohoi Peak, 5370 mtrs. Another trek from
Lidderwat leads to the most desired twin Lakes, Tarsar 3794
mtrs & Marsar 3788 mtrs. Tulian Lake at an altitude of 3353
mtrs is a full day trek via Baisaran. The steep terrains lead
to a magically crystal clear lake where one would love to stay
for a longer time.
Amarnath Ji Yatra
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 from Pahalgam.
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)
HOW TO REACH THERE
Air: Pahalgam is in Anantnag District and is about
96-km from Srinagar. The nearest airport is in Badgam
District. This Airport is connected with all the major cities
Rail: The nearest Rail
Head is at Jammu and from there National Highway NH1A connects
the Kashmir valley with India.
Road: The road to Pahalgam can be taken to Khannabal or
alternatively from Bijbehara villages from National Highway
NH1A. Every sort of transport to suit every budget from Buses
to Taxis ply on this Highway. It takes around 10 to 12 hours
to cross this mountainous road, which crosses some beautiful
spots and the famous Jawahar Tunnel linking Kashmir Valley
with India. Bus service is available from Srinagar and
Anantnag, which leave at fixed time from the Bus stands. Taxis
and other sort of transport can be hired from Srinagar at
pre-fixed rates. Assistance is available at Tourist Reception
Centre, Srinagar. On Road to Pahalgam one comes across the
beautiful Lidder Valley with important spots of Mattan and