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Pahalgam

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"Valley of the Shepherds"

Pahalgam Tourism

Situated in the Anantnag district of Jammu & Kashmir Valley, Pahalgam is a beautiful hill station and a popular tourist attraction. With untouched and gorgeous natural beauty, Pahalgam is a feast to the eyes and senses. Submerged in lush greenery and alluring Himalayan ranges, Pahalgam is situated on the banks of the Liddar River and is popular for adventure activities like hiking, trekking, fishing.

Pahalgam serves as the base of one of the most important pilgrimages in India - the Amarnath Yatra. Chandanwari located 16.6 km. away from Pahalgam, is the actual base camp of the Amarnath. Pahalgam offers a lot of recreational outdoor activities among which the most popular is the adventurous trekking activities. One can embark on trekking journeys to Kolhoi Glaciers via a beautiful village named Aru. The local people also offer sledging on the frozen glaciers. The long stretches of rivers in Pahalgam are the perfect site for people who enjoy trout fishing.

Not many know that Pahalgam is the place where the famous Bollywood movie Betaab, starring Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh was shot. The valley was consequently named Betaab Valley after that. Sheshnag Lake situated near Pahalgam is another bliss altogether. When in Pahalgam, buy authentic Kashmiri saffron from Pampore.

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Restaurants and Local Food in Pahalgam

Pahalgam fosters a subtle distinctness 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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What are the things to do in Pahalgam?

The top things to do in Pahalgam are Aru Valley, Betaab Valley, Lidder River, Kolahoi Glacier, Chandanwari, Mamaleshwara Temple. You can see all the places to visit in Pahalgam here

What is not so good about Pahalgam?

Risky in winters.

What is the best way 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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What is famous about Pahalgam?

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

What are the places near Pahalgam?

The top places near to Pahalgam are Srinagar which is 48 km from Pahalgam, Sonamarg which is located 31 km from Pahalgam, Amarnath which is located 28 km from Pahalgam, Dachigam national park which is located 28 km from Pahalgam, Anantnag which is located 35 km from Pahalgam

Who should visit Pahalgam?

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

What is the 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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What is the best time to visit Pahalgam?

Pahalgam has a unique charm of its own, no matter what season it is. However, the months from March to November is the best time to visit Pahalgam. Summer has a massive influx of tourists who come to the town especially during the holy entourage to the Amarnath Caves. While the summer months between March and June are ideal for sightseeing, trekking and romance, the monsoon months between July and September are perfect for adventure sports. If you're a snow enthusiast, winters are always open for you.
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How much does a package cost for Pahalgam?

The packages for Pahalgam start at INR 11000 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

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Saif Absar 2 years ago
The best place to spend your summer. you can enjoy a complete week visiting different location to many spots to visit.you 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 2 years 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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