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The Valley of Shepherds

Also known by the name as the ‘’Valley of the Shepherds’’, Pahalgam is a quaint and beautiful town in the state of Kashmir which is considered ‘’Heaven on Earth’’. Situated in the Anantnag district of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Pahalgam is one of the most popular tourist attractions and is nestled by the Liddar River offering adventure activities such as hiking, trekking, angling, and fishing. Enveloped by green grasslands, tall pine trees, snow-capped mountains, pristine streams and rivers, and a tranquil environment, Pahalgam is an ideal destination to take a quick break from the chaos of city life.

Serving as the base for one of the most significant pilgrimages in India, the Amarnath Yatra, Pahalgam experiences a footfall of visitors most part of the year. Chandanwari is the actual base camp for the Amarnath Yatra which is 16km from Pahalgam. Trekking is a common activity enjoyed here and one of the popular spots to reach via trekking in the region is the Kalhoi Glacier through a small but beautiful village called Aru. Sledding is another fun sport offered by the locals that must not be missed.

The clear streams and long stretches of rivers flowing through the scenic surroundings of Pahalgam make an ideal site for people who wish to relish trout fishing and white-water rafting. The scenic and tranquil location of the town invites many people from the film fraternity to shoot here. The famous Bollywood film Betaab starring Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh was shot here and that valley is now known as the Betaab Valley. Another famous attraction is the Sheshnag Lake located near Pahalgam which is nothing less than bliss to experience together. Pahalgam is a confluence of beauty and spiritualism that is extremely spectacular both in summers and winters and must be visited at least once in a lifetime. While in Pahalgam, make sure to visit Pampore to buy some authentic saffron and other shopping sites for the original Kashmiri Shawl and warm woolen clothes.

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this dreamland is from March to November when the weather is not freezing cold and the town is in its full glory. The summer months are very crowded from April to June with the temperature ranging from 11 to 25 degrees Celsius which makes it perfect for sightseeing and trekking activities. November experiences snowfall and skiing and sledding adventure sports can be enjoyed this time. For the Amarnath Yatra, tourists visit the place between July and August.

How to Reach?

  • By Air: The nearest airport from Pahalgam is in Srinagar at a distance of 95km away. It takes about 2 hours 30 minutes to reach Pahalgam through a cab or taxi from the airport.
  • By Train: Jammu Tawi Railhead is the nearest railway station from Pahalgam which is 283km away. Buses and taxis are available from the station that can take you to your destination through a well-connected road system.
  • By Road: Pahalgam is well-connected to Jammu and Kashmir via a good network of roads. State-run buses and private buses are available from Jammu, Srinagar, and Anantnag to reach the town.

Activities to Do

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White Water Rafting

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Golfing

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Sledding

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Trekking and Hiking

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Horse Riding

Must Visits

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Baisaran

Located 6km away from Pahalgam, Baisaran is a vast stretch of green land with serene meadows, pristine lakes, and picturesque settings. Visitors can enjoy some fun games and rides, zorbing, pony rides, picnics, etc., in this stunning place.

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Chandanwari

At a distance of 15km from Pahalgam, Chandanwari is an adventure enthusiasts' delight where you can enjoy snow sledding on a snow bridge. It is also the starting point for the famous Amarnath Yatra and a beautiful location to enjoy picnics and the natural beauty.

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Lidder River

A 73km long glacial river originating from the Kalhoi glacier, the Lidder River is one of the most beautiful picnic spots where other activities such as white-water rafting, angling, horse riding, and fishing can be enjoyed.

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Tullian Lake

An exquisite wonder of nature bestowed upon us, Tullian Lake is a beautiful spot located between the Pir Panjar and the Zanskar range. The sparkling turquoise blue water of the lake and the stunning surroundings attract travelers which require a 2-day trek to reach.

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Betaab Valley

A dream-like place, Betaab Valley is truly a breathtaking and spectacular location surrounded by tall deodar trees and pine forests with the Lidder River flowing through the valley. It got its name from a Bollywood movie Betaab which was shot here.

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Mamleshwara Temple

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Mamleshwara Temple is a popular temple in Pahalgam. It is built purely of stones by the then King Jayasima and houses a shrine wholly covered with gold.


Explore Pahalgam

Nestled amidst the quiet Liddar Valley on the banks of the gushing Liddar River, Pahalgam is an ethereal beauty endowed with breathtaking landscapes and is a jewel on the mighty Himalayan ranges. Soak your eyes with the tempting exquisiteness of the lush green meadows, luxuriant forests, sky-kissing snow-clad mountains, and sumptuous apple orchards and treat your soul with its mystical aura, Pahalgam welcomes you into its unworldly marvel to make you realize that nirvana does not have to be very far away.

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