Surrounded by alpine peaks, the Lidder and Seshnag Rivers tumble down picturesque, deep-cut mountain valleys covered with giant conifers. The Alpine meadows, crisp air and more than 20 lakes, Pahalgam is a hikers’ paradise.
Also known as the ‘Valley of Shepherds’—so named after its first inhabitants— it is home to every Kashmir cliché. Just about 100 kilometres from Srinagar and 7,000 feet high in the lap of the Himalayas, it has pine-covered mountains, crisp air, and crystal clear waters. Even in summer, the temperature stays a cool 25 degrees and by October you can see the snow settling on the peaks. In Pahalgam, beauty lies all around you, every minute of every day. All you have to do is slow down and enjoy the escape into a world totally different to the one you might be used to.
Here’s a list of place you can visit in Pahalgam
While in Pahalgam, visit the last scenic village of the Lidder Valley, Aru. At a distance of 15 kilometres from Pahalgam, it is the central point for any trek to the Kolahoi glacier, which is at an altitude of 18,000 feet. The drive up to Aru is an experience in itself, keep your cameras ready for some gorgeous shots of the Valley.
The only way to reach Kolahoi Glacier is through an arduous trek, not for the fainthearted. At 18,000 feet, the breathtaking views upon arrival definitely make the journey worth the effort. The glacier during summers is the source of the Lidder River and some of the tributaries also make it to the Sindh River.
Chandanwari, situated in the outskirts of Pahalgam, is a place of immense religious and tourist significance. It is the commencement point of the annual Amarnath Yatra, which is an important pilgrimage held in the Hindu month of Sawan.
Blessed with ethereal natural beauty, this place has always been a delightful destination for visitors coming to the Kashmir valley. Undulating terrains and sparse greenery dominate the topography of this small and scenic hamlet.
A few kilometers from Pahalgam are the Baisaran Hills – enclosed by a dense forest of pines, firs and cedars over the Lidder Valley, this makes for a perfect campsite.
Betaab Valley is a scenic vale that lies towards the northeast of Pahalgam – the town associated with the Amarnath pilgrimage. This valley attributes its name to the hit Bollywood movie Betaab, which was shot in its picturesque surroundings. Sprawling verdant pastures, snow-capped mountains and meandering streams form the breathtaking landscape of this valley.
The region is immensely popular amongst globetrotters, who get mesmerised with its surreal beauty. Apart from being a place with impressive landscape, the valley is a famous trekking base and camping site for travellers who want to explore the nearby mountainous regions. The beautiful Betaab Valley is a dream destination of every photography lover. The entire region boasts of several stunning landscapes that must be captured in the camera.
Pahalgam Golf Course
“The golf course of Pahalgam is well known because of a multitude of reasons, which include its scenic location, high altitude and an array of facilities. It is located at an elevation of 2400 metres above the sea level, amidst snow-capped mountains and dense pine forestations. Pahalgam Golf Course covers a wide expanse of elevated and plain area in the narrow valley, which is why locals often refer to it as a plateau. The plateau rises near the spot where the two rivers from Sheshnag and Aru meet.
Initially established as a 9-hole golf course, the Pahalgam Golf Course has now been upgraded to an 18-hole golf course. The state government and hoteliers host several championships in the sprawling green premises of this high altitude golf ground. A golf club lies on one side of this course, from where visitors can rent golf caddies and equipment. Visitors coming to this place can play this interesting game, for which the club charges fees at an hourly basis. They can also visit the deer park, located on one end of this famous golf course.
Tall pines and lofty mountains surround the Pahalgam Golf Course, which is why visitors can click stunning snapshots at this place. Visitors can also get themselves clicked as they try their hands at this popular sport.