Pahalgam is a town in Anantnag district in India’s northernmost state of Jammu and Kashmir. Pahalgam is located at an altitude of 2130 m at the confluence of a stream from Sheshnag Lake and the River Lidder in Kashmir. Once a shepherd’s village, Pahalgam is now a fully developed hill resort and has some good hotels and tourist amenities. The hill station is also the base camp for the pilgrimage to the Amarnath Caves. It is a popular tourist destination. Pahalgam is not a mere hill-station. Its a recreation resort. It’s like going into the lap of nature to do many things – one of the best – that “do-nothing”.
Pahalgam was ruled by the Mughals in the medieval period. Later when the region came under the Hindu rulers, it was merged with Kashmir. It was independent during the British period, and became a part of India after independence.
Pahalgam Major Attractions
Tulian Lake :
Mamaleshwara Temple :
Sheshnag Lake :
Aru Village :
Baisaran : This beautiful meadow is located 5 km from Pahalgam and 150 m higher. Offering picturesque views of the snow-clad mountains, the meadow is dotted with pine forests.
Hajan : This is an ideal destination for family picnics. The scenic beauty of Hajan is captured many a times in several bollywood movie scenes.
Adventures in Pahalgam
Pahalgam and the nearby region is famous for Trout Fishing. It is one of the most adventurous activity here, but one needs to get prior fishing licence approval. Besides, the tourists are permitted to catch only six fish in a day.
The adventurous village and the valley offers wonderful opportunities for trekking, skiing, mountaineering and camping. Routes to the Kolahoi Glacier, Amarnath Cave, Sonamarg, Chandanwari and Sheshnag lake are among the popular treks. Those interested in angling, can experience the thrill at the Lidder River. Pahalgam also has a golf course at 2400 meters above the sea level.
Pahalgam offers a number of hotels and lodges from budget class accommodation to the luxurious one. Apart from this, one can find good facilities in trekkers’ lodges, and JKTDC’s fully furnished huts.
How To Reach Pahalgam
By Air : Srinagar, 95 km, is the nearest airport.
By Rail : Jammu is the nearest railhead that is connected to other cities by NH 1A.
By Road : A road drive of about 2½ hours from Srinagar takes you to Pahalgam. Buses and taxis are operated on a regular basis from Srinagar and other major cities.