Located at the confluence of the Lidder and Sheshnag streams in the blossom of the Himalayan mountains with lakes, meadows and pine forests, Pahalgam’s mesmerizing beauty attracts people who are more than eager to visit this wonderful hill station in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
At an altitude of 2,130 m above sea level, this thick pine and fir covered valley an ideal destination to beat the heat of the plains.
Apart from being the base camp for the famed annual pilgrimage to the sacred Shiva cave shrine of Amarnath, Pahalgam offers attractions that range from quiet walks in nearby attraction of the scenic Baisaran meadow and forests of pines to trekking and fishing in the mountain streams. For the spiritual seekers the small stone shrine of Mamal Shiva is the place to be.
While at Pahalgam, which is 96 km from Srinagar, the capital of the Jammu and Kashmir, you can visit the Betaab valley which lies on the way to Chandanwari.
The snow-clad peaks, gushing streams, amazing trees and the stunning landscape of Betaab valley have provided background for the Sunny Deol starrer Bollywood movie Betaab.
In fact the valley derives its name form the Bollywood movie itself. Tulian Lake and Baisaran are tourist attractions that are located near the Betaab valley.
Those who like adventure sports, Pahalgam is the place to be. The adventure sports that can be enjoyed in this hill resort of South Kashmir are horse riding, trekking, fishing and golfing. 7km from Pahalgam is located Phirilasan which offers excellent opportunity for trout fishing.
12 km from Pahalgam, Aru Valley is a scenic meadow which serves as the leaping off point for trek to the Kolohoi Glacier. Tarsar lake and Mansar lake are other nearby attractions of Pahalgam.
For the wildlife lovers Shikaragah, 15 km from Pahalgam, is a one day trek.
There are several accommodation options in Pahalgam to choose from. Whether you are visiting on a budget or want to enjoy the comforts of a luxury hotel with wonderful service, you can find accommodation to suit your taste.
Pahalgam is well connected for air and rail transport. While the nearest airport is at Srinagar, Jammu is the nearest railway station.