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Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Nearest Airport: Srinagar Check Flights

Pahalgam Tourism

With untouched and gorgeous natural beauty, Pahalgam is a feast to the eyes and senses. Submerged in lush greenery and alluring Himalayan ranges, it calls for some moments of requiescence at nature's own home.

You will be wonderstruck by the sumptuousness of Pahalgam the moment you arrive at this pristine land. Little houses, green fields and farms of saffron, the valleys are green and very beautiful. You can go on fishing trips or trek on one of the plenty mountains that cover this place. The 18 hole golf course is set among the snowcapped surroundings of Pahalgam and can make a really worthy experience to remember for long time.

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The Base to Amarnath

Situated in the Anantnag district of Kashmir Valley, Pahalgam is a beautiful hill station, which also serves as the base of the holy tour of Amarnath Caves. Chandanwari located 16.6 km. away from Pahalgam, is the actual base camp of the Amarnath tour. Situated on the banks of Lidder River, at an altitude of over 7200 feet, Pahalgam is a popular tourist destination and a hill station. Not many know that Pahalgam also is the site where the famous movie Betaab, starring Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh was shot. The valley was consequently named Betaab Valley after that as well. The Sheshnag Lake situated near this town is another bliss altogether. Close to Amarnath Caves, this is a sight enough to soothe your eyes. Pahalgam is one site that you shouldn't miss, whether religiously or aesthetically.  

Flora and Fauna in Pahalgam

Pahalgam is full of captivating sceneries. It is famous for the diversity of flora and fauna in the forest areas. One can take long walks in the jungles of and explore this rich diversity. There are snow-clad mountains which adds to the beauty of the place. Pine forests cover the mountains adding on to the picturesque view. The Sheshnag Lake is a sight to behold because of its greenish-blue colour, and it is covered with snow till the month of June. Camping at the Panchtarini side, where five streams meet, is an experience of its kind.

Adventure Activities in Pahalgam

Pahalgam offers a lot of recreational outdoor activities among which the most popular is the adventurous trekking activities. One can embark on trekking journeys Kolahoi Glaciers via a beautiful village named Aru. The local people also offer sledging on the frozen glaciers. People in adventure sports like Alpine Skiing, the high altitudes offer that as well. Camping equipment and skiing equipment are always available. The long stretches of rivers in Pehelgam are the perfect sites for people who enjoy trout fishing. The Liddar River is one of the most famous rivers among travellers.

Restaurants and Local Food in Pahalgam

Pahalgam fosters a subtle distincness in its cuisine from its neighbours in the state. The preparations that give it this hint of uniqueness include Matschgand (minced lamb meatballs in spicy red gravy), Kaanti (lamb pieces in red hot gravy, usually eaten as a snack and not part of the main course). Other popular items are Modur Pulaav (Sweet Pulao, usually as a dessert),Muj Gaad (Fish with Radish),Nadir-Haaq/Gogji/Monji (lotus stems cooked with Spinach or Radish), Marcha-wangan korma and Syoon Olav (Meat with Potatoes cooked in spicy gravy) .
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 - Reach Pahalgam, preferably by noon and take some rest. In the evening, you can go to the main market in Pahalgam, where you can buy the local wonders. 
Day 2 - If you're in for the Amarnath Yatra, the 2nd day is when you should ideally take off for your trip. By a two minute drive from Pahalgam, you will reach Chandanwari, the base camp of the holy entourage to Amarnath, which takes a day to complete if you travel by foot, although ponies and helicopters are also available. En route, you shall observe the beautiful Sheshnaag lake, from which the hills which house the Holy cave of Amarnath.
Day 3 - This day should be reserved for the return from the Amarnath Caves, as the entire trip might prove a bit cumbersome for the legs. You can come down after the Darshan through the shorter route via Baltal.
Day 4 - The final day should be reserved for a trip to the famous Betaab Valley, which was a renamed after the famous film starring Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh. By the time you return Pahalgam, the hill station will have etched a space forever in your memories.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

A confluence of beauty and spiritualism. Extremely beautiful both in summers and winters.

What's Not So Great?

Risky in winters.

For Whom?

Ideal for those who seek peace. A must visit for the devotees of Lord Shiva.

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How To Reach Pahalgam

There is no direct flight or rail connectivity to Pahalgam. Jammu Tawi railway station is the nearest railway station, which is some 283 km. away from Pahalgam, while Srinagar airport is the nearest airport, which is 91.9 km. away from Regular bus services ply to and fro Pahalgam, through a marvellous roadways network.

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Saif Absar 1 year ago
The best place to spend your summer. you can enjoy a complete week visiting different location to many spots to can enjoy rafting paragliding. Even a small zoo and golf course. For me it was like visiting paradise. The best part is you won't find too many new construction of new buildings.
Pallavi Siddhanta 1 year ago
- ?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 lovely Kashmiri embroidery.
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