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Jammu and Kashmir Tourism – The Tranquil Town of Pahalgam

Written By: Manoj

Pahalgam is a famous tourist spot located in the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir and is situated at an elevation of 2740 mt. It is abundant in dense forests, beautiful lakes, crystal clear streams, and meadows of flowers.

Tourists other than admiring the beauty of this place can also undertake treks to Chandiwar, Aru Valley and the Kohli Glacier with Pahalgam as a base.

The scenic beauty of this place has resulted in a number of Bollywood movies being shot here.

Aru Valley

Aru Valley

Aru Valley is located at a distance of 11 km from Pahalgam and is situated at an altitude of 2408 m. It offers a magnificent view of the valley to its visitors and tourists can undertake a trek across Lidderwat extending up to the Kolahoi Glaciers. The site, amid lush green grasslands, makes it ideal for camping. Trekkers can also take up a 3 day trek to Sonamarg with Aru as their base.

Photo Courtesy: Irfanaru

Baisaran

Baisaran

Baisaran is situated at an altitude of 2438 mt and is at a distance of 5 km from Pahalgam. Magnificent snow covered mountains, dense pine forests, and sprawling meadows attract tourists to Baisaran. The top of the hill allows for a breath taking view of the Lidder River Valley and Pahalgam Valley. This place serves as a picnic and camp site for tourists.

Photo Courtesy: Chanchal Rungta

Betaab Valley

Betaab Valley

Betaab Valley is famous among tourists for its scenic beauty and was renamed after a Bollywood movie called ‘Betaab'. Located 7 km away from Pahalgam, the valley is also noted as the river mouth of Sheshnag. Snow-covered mountains, deodar forests, pine trees, crystal clear streams, warm sunshine, and willow trees are some of the major attraction of this location. Tourists come here to enjoy the view of nature that surrounds them here.

Photo Courtesy: Nandanupadhyay

Chandanwari

Chandanwari

Chandanwari lies at an elevation of 2923 m and is located at a distance of 16 km from Pahalgam. The snow covered mountains and breathtaking scenic beauty attracts numerous visitors here. It also serves as a point for reaching Amarnath which is a popular pilgrimage destination for the Hindus.

Photo Courtesy: Dr. Partha S. Sahana

Hajan

Hajan

Hajan is a popular tourist spot famous for the Bollywood movie scenes that have been shot here. Situated close to Pahalgam, it is located in the Baramulla district of Jammu & Kashmir. Tourists can enjoy the panoramic view from the site which lies at an elevation of 1556 mt.

Photo Courtesy: Chanchal Rungta

Kolahoi Glacier

Kolahoi Glacier

Kolahoi Glacier, also known as the hanging glacier, is located in the Lidder Valley. It is advised that tourists see this glacier from the right side as there are less boulder fields in that area and also the left side is considered unsafe as a vantage point. The only way to reach up to this glacier is by trekking, which is quiet difficult in these terrains. It is therefore suggested that amateur trekkers do not do this without professional guidance.

Photo Courtesy: Irfanaru

Sheshnag Lake

Sheshnag Lake

Sheshnag Lake is located at a distance of around 27 km from Pahalgam and is at an elevation of around 3658 mt. It derives its name from the seven headed serpent king of the Hindu mythology, Seshnag, and owes it to the fact that it is surrounded by seven peaks. Travellers have to undertake a two day long hike from Pahalgam in order to reach the destination. The lake remains covered in ice throughout the winter till the month of June. Thousands of devotees visit this site during the summer season while on their trip to the Amarnath Cave.

Photo Courtesy: Akhilesh Dasgupta

Tulian Lake

Tulian Lake

Tulian Lake is situated at a height of approximately 4000 mt and is at a distance of about 15 km from Pahalgam. Also known as Tarsir Lake, this place can be reached after a two-day trek from Aru. A prominent feature of the lake is that it remains frozen almost throughout the year. Tourists can enjoy the view from here. It is also an ideal spot for camping and picnics.

Photo Courtesy: Chanchal Rungta

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