Places To Visit In Pahalgam

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Here are the top 18 tourist attractions to see in Pahalgam:

1. Aru Valley

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11 km
from city center
1 out of 18
places to visit in Pahalgam

Located around 11 km from Pahalgam, Aru Valley is the base camp for trekking to the Kolhoi Glacier and the Tarsar-Marsar Lake. Aru lies beside the Aru river and is known for its scenic meadows and activities like horse riding, hiking and trekking.

2. Betaab Valley

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6 km
from city center
2 out of 18
places to visit in Pahalgam

Betaab Valley is a breathtaking combination of picturesque surroundings encircled by tall deodar trees and pine forests, with the Lidder River flowing right through it. It got its name from the Bollywood movie Betaab starring Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh shot here.

3. Lidder River

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30 km
from city center
3 out of 18
places to visit in Pahalgam

The Lidder River is a 73 kilometer long glacial river that originates from the Kolhoi glacier. Flowing through the valleys of Pahalgam, this mighty river is a sight to behold and is a popular tourist attraction. The peaceful aura combined with its scenic beauty makes the Lidder River a quaint picnic spot.

4. Kolahoi Glacier

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16 km
from city center
4 out of 18
places to visit in Pahalgam

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.

5. Chandanwari

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0 km
from city center
5 out of 18
places to visit in Pahalgam

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. It is also famous to enjoy a picnic and enjoy the natural beauty.

6. Mamleshwar Temple

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from city center
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places to visit in Pahalgam

Mamleshwara Temple is a famous temple in Pahalgam, dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the few temples constructed purely of stone, by the then King Jayasima. Inside the temple complex is a shrine completely covered in gold. 

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7. Lolab Valley

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6 km
from city center
7 out of 18
places to visit in Pahalgam

Lolab Valley is an oval-shaped valley and a top camping site in Kashmir, famous for its scenic natural beauty, dense pine forests and bubbling springs. It is also home to some animals like Himalayan brown and black bear, snow leopard, hangul and musk deer.

8. Amarnath Yatra

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2 km
from city center
8 out of 18
places to visit in Pahalgam

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.

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9. Shopping in Pahalgam

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from city center
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places to visit in Pahalgam

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.

10. Tulian Lake

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8 km
from city center
10 out of 18
places to visit in Pahalgam

Tulian Lake is a famous tourist attraction in Pahalgam, located between the Pir Panjar and the Zanskar range. It is a sparkling blue lake which is popular for the 2-day trek needed to reach it. 

11. River Rafting in Pahalgam

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31 km
from city center
11 out of 18
places to visit in Pahalgam

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.

12. Skiing in Pahalgam

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73 km
from city center
12 out of 18
places to visit in Pahalgam

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.

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13. Panchtarni

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25 km
from city center
13 out of 18
places to visit in Pahalgam

A camper's delight, Panchtarni is one of the most scenic spots around Pahalgam. It is the final helicopter drop point for the Amarnath Yatra from where the pilgrims have to undertake the 6 km remaining trek on foot or by mule.

14. Golfing in Pahalgam

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1 km
from city center
14 out of 18
places to visit in Pahalgam

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.

15. Trekking in Pahalgam

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2 km
from city center
15 out of 18
places to visit in Pahalgam

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. Sheshnag Lake

16 out of 18
places to visit in Pahalgam

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. 

17. Lidder Amusement Park

1 km
from city center
17 out of 18
places to visit in Pahalgam

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. 

18. Baisaran

18 out of 18
places to visit in Pahalgam

Baisaran is a beautiful destination 6 kms away from Pahalgam. With tranquil meadows, pristine lakes and picturesque setting, it also has very many options of fun games and rides, pony rides, zorbing etc. 

FAQs on Pahalgam

What are the top sightseeing places in Pahalgam?

The top sightseeing places in Pahalgam are Aru Valley, Betaab Valley, Lidder River, Kolahoi Glacier, Chandanwari, Mamaleshwara Temple.

Can you suggest an itinerary for Pahalgam?

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.

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

How can I commute within Pahalgam?

Some of the local travel options are ponies(take around Rs. 50), taxis,buses(they are slow and are generally crowded.However a cheap mode of transportation costing anywhere between Rs 5 to Rs 15) and getting around on foot.
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