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Pahalgam – An Illustration Of Heaven On Earth


Pahalgam is a noted tourist spot located in the Anantnag district of the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The village can trace its history back to the medieval times, during the reign of the Mughals, when it was just a shepherd village. The rich culture of this place reflects in the food, clothes, and lifestyle of the locals. Apart from Hindi, other languages spoken in this region include Urdu, Kashmiri and English.

As Nature Unfolds...

Situated at an elevation of 2740 m and a distance of 95 kilometres from Srinagar, the place is abundant in dense forests, beautiful lakes, crystal-clear streams, and meadows of flowers. One of the prominent features of this place is that it is the point of convergence of the two rivers namely, the Aru and Sheshnag.

Tourist Places In And Around Pahalgam

The Sheshnag later forms glaciers over the Himalayas, while the Aru merges into the Kolahoi Glacier. The famous Amarnath Yatra, an important Hindu pilgrimage, passes through Pahalgam, from where it takes another 3 days to complete.

Tourists can also undertake treks to Chandiwar, Aru Valley, and the Kohli Glacier with Pahalgam as a base. A trip to Leh can also be planned from this site. Jeep safaris are also available from here. Mattan, Tarsar Lake, Shikargah, Sun Temple, Aishmuqam, Lidderwat, and Mamaleshwar Temple are some of the prominent tourist spots of Pahalgam.

A visit to Baisaran, situated at a distance of 5 km from Pahalgam, is recommended, as it is surrounded by thick forests, meadows, and snow-covered mountains, which make for a magnificent view. At a distance of 16 km from Pahalgam and an altitude of 3353 m lies a lake named Tulian, a popular tourist spot. Hiring a pony is a convenient option for individuals wishing to visit this place.

In addition to this, another popular tourist destination named Chandanwari, situated at an elevation of 2923 m above sea level, is located in the vicinity. This place is known for its famous snow bridge that allows for a picturesque view. Panchtarni, situated at a distance of 40 km from Pahalgam, is a prominent tourist destination. Located at the site of confluence of 5 streams, this place is the final stoppage of the Amarnath Yatra, an important Hindu pilgrimage.

The place is also a popular camping site and is situated at a distance of just 6 km from Amarnath. Additionally, Hajan, a popular destination in the Baramulla district of Jammu & Kashmir, is located in the vicinity.

Owing to its scenic beauty, a number of Bollywood movies have been shot in this place. Visitors wishing to spend their vacation in Pahalgam can visit this place at any time of the year.

Pahalgam Weather

The weather of the place remains pleasant in every season. Pleasant and mild weather is experienced here throughout the months of April to June. Those wishing to see snowfall can visit this place between the months of November and February. The months of July and August witness thousands of pilgrims making their way across the valley to Amarnath. However, the duration from mid-April to mid-November is considered to be the best for visiting Pahalgam.

Tourists visiting Pahalgam can take back with them local handicrafts of the region, which include carpets, shawls, and clothing in traditional patterns.

How To Reach Pahalgam

Pahalgam is well connected to other major cities in the country by air, rail and road.

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How to Reach Pahalgam

  • By Road
    The city of Pahalgam is located at a distance of 828 km from Delhi and 95 km from Srinagar. Tourists can take the NH 1A to reach the valley of Kashmir. State owned and private buses can be easily availed from Srinagar.
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  • By Train
    The nearest railhead to Pahalgam is Srinagar, located at a distance of 90 km from it. Tourists can easily avail taxis or buses from the Srinagar railway station to Pahalgam at a reasonable price.
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  • By Air
    Srinagar Airport is the nearest airport to Pahalgam located at a distance of 95 km from Pahalgam. The airport is connected with regular flights to Delhi which is connected to all the major cities such as Mumbai, and Jammu to mention a few. Tourists can hire taxis or buses to Pahalgam from the airport.
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