Pahalgam is situated at the
junction of the Aru and Sheshnag Rivers and surrounded by
soaring, fir-covered mountains with bare, snow-capped peaks
rising behind them. The Aru
flows down from the Kolahoi glacier beyond Lidderwat while the
Sheshnag from glaciers along the great Himalayan.
At the confluence of the streams flowing from the river Lidder
and Sheshnag Lake, Pahalgam was once a humble shepherd's
village with breathtaking views. Now it Kashmir's premier
resort, cool even during the height of summer. A number of
hotels and lodges cater to all preferences and budgets, from
luxurious to unpretentious trekkers' lodges, including JKTDC's
delightfully romantic, fully furnished huts, partially
concealed by giant pine trees.
many short walks available from Pahalgam and in addition it is
an excellent base for longer treks such as those to the
Kolahoi glacier or to the Amarnath cave. Pahalgam can also be
used as a starting point for treks out of the region. Pahalgam
is particularly famed for its many shepherds and they're a
common sight, driving their flocks of sheep along the paths
all around the town.
Around Pahalgam are many places of interest, and because the
resort is set between fairly hills, it is worth hiring a pony
rather than walking. Pony fares are posted at prominent
Mamaleshwara is only a km or so downstream from Pahalgam, and
on the opposite side of the Lidder, is this small Shiva temple
with its square, stone tank. It is thought to date from the
reign of king Jayasima in the 12th century, even earlier.
The little village of Aru is actually the first stage from
Pahalgam on the trek to Lidderwat and the Kolahoi glacier. It
makes an interesting day walk from Pahalgam, following the
Lidder river for Pahalgam, following the Lidder river for
11-km upstream. The main track, which also can be taken by
car, is on the left bank of the river. There is also a less
used, and more difficult path, on the right bank. At Aru one
will often find the Gujars, living in their log huts with
their flocks of sheep and goats, en route to the higher sheep
and goats, en route to the higher pastures for the summer.
Chandanwari & Passage To The Amarnath Yatra
16-km from Pahalgam, Chandanwari is the starting point of the
Amarnath Yatra, which takes place every year in the month of
Sawan (Rain). The destination is the Amarnath Cave, believed
to the abode of Lord Shiva. Although the road from Pahalgam to
Chandanwari is on fairly flat terrain, and can be undertaken
by car, from Chandanwari onwards the track becomes much
steeper, being accessible on foot or by pony.
Pahalgam is one of Kashmir's popular trout fishing beats.
Kashmir is famous for its trout although they tend to be
rather small. Additionally, fishing licences are hard to get
and rather expensive. A compulsion is to keep am guide and one
is also permitted to catch six fishes, which is the daily
How to Reach ?
By Air Nearest
airport to Pahalgam is at Srinagar which is around 95 kms
away. It takes around 3 hrs to cover this distance by bus.
By Rail :The closest rail head to Pahalgam is Jammu Tawi
in Jammu. The distance between the two centers is
approximately 275 km. To cover the distance, it takes at least
8 hrs of drive.
By Road :
State transport buses run to and fro from to Srinagar. Some
private players also run their luxury and general coaches from
Srinagar to Pahalgam.