Pahalgam is one destination that has multiple facets. It is home to some of the best adventure activities like trekking, trout fishing, mountaineering, and camping. If you’re a person who enjoys a laidback holiday with relaxing and unwinding, then also Pahalgam makes the perfect destination for you. The surreal town seems to have stepped out of a travel postcard – the untouched natural beauty, lush greenery, warm and hospitable people, and welcoming vibe will make an unforgettable holidaying experience.
Pahalam is also very popular because it is the starting point of Amarnath Yatra. You can also shop for beautiful Kashmiri shawls, exotic saffron, Kashmiri handicrafts and handloom in Pahalgam.
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Situated on the conflux of river Lidder and lake Sheshnag, Pahalgam – also known as the ‘Valley of Shepherds’, is a rhythmically beautiful valley that mesmerizes every traveler. This natural beauty is a quaint little village, sprawling 4km around the river junction. With a spectacular view of the Himalayas, the engulfing natural beauty of the valley surrounds itself with a humble aura of serenity. Hedged by alpine peaks, the rivers tumble down to this picturesque mountain valleys overlaid with huge conifers. The surrounding mountains have several breathtaking tourist spots and 20 or more lakes, to indulge. Nature makes lifestyle, here, humble while the Kashmiri culture adds richness to the beautiful people of Pahalgam. Also a starting point for the Amaranth ji yatra, in the midsummer, this places experiences huge footfall of pilgrims.
This fascinating valley is heaven for adventure enthusiasts looking forward to trek, camp and hike. Trout fishing and water rafting are popular here as well. This resort town brings forth a world class golfing zone at Pahalgam Golf Course, set against breathtaking background. Pahalgam is very popular amongst mountaineers for its mountaineering and camping sites. For a lifetime hiking experience, make Aru - 12km from Pahalgam with an elevation of 2440m, your base. This tiny village sets in magical hillocks & landscapes amid the foothill peaks. You can also go camping at Lidder Valley and indulge in some Trout fishing at Lidder River. Rafting at Lidder River is one popular sport here. Watersport enthusiasts just come here to indulge in the white frothing water, which makes it more enticing.
Pahalgam is also called ‘anglers paradise’ and you know what you should be looking forward to. If adventure is not your cup of tea, then Pahalgam is a place to relax, go around tourist spots, enjoy the nature and rejuvenate your inner self. Activities that you can enjoy here include daytime picnic at the Club Park garden; Visit Aru – that has lesser tourists & is more peaceful than Pahalgam. Moreover, you enjoy the scenic beauty while taking a Pony ride on the slopes in Aru. Some of the most scenic valleys of Pahalgam region are the Betaab Valley and Chandanwari Valley, famed for setting beautiful backdrops for Bollywood films.
A leisure & relaxed hill-station holiday cannot be better! If you are a God believer then do not miss the oldest temple in Pahalgam, the Gauri Shankar Temple. Amarnath Yatra also begins from this much revered temple. The Jamia Masjid Mosque, near the main market, is popular attraction for its green roof with beautiful design. The flowing Lidder River and the mountain at the backdrop make this mosque a peaceful place to worship. En-route to Pahalgam from Srinagar is the Avantipura ruins. This is an 1100 year old temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and must see place. Also, on the way you can see saffron fields at Pampore and apple garden. If willing to, buy some authentic Kashmiri saffron from Pampore. Pahalgam also satiates to the shopping lovers hunger with shops selling shawls, carpets, Kashmiri handwork clothing and ferans, wooden items, saffron and more.
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