Pahalgam, Aru Valley, Chandanwari, Bisaran, Beetab Valley, Ashmuqam, Martand Temple)
Pahalgam 95-km from Srinagar
District Anantnag-South Kashmir
Geography Pahalgam is located at 34.01°N 75.19°E.
Best time to visit April-Oct
Weather: Flow of cool breeze from the river and streams and the fresh oxygen from the lofty deodars, pine and many other conifers provide the Pahalgam a pleasant environment for holidaying.
Nearest places: Aru Valley, Chandanwari, Bisaran, Beetab Valley, Ashmuqam, Martand Temple
Activity: Trout Fishing, White Water Rafting, Golfing, Horse Riding, Camping, Trekking, Mountaineering
What to See
Pahalgam is 45 km from District Anantnag in the south Kashmir and 95km from Srinagar. This resort is the most beautiful tourist place of the country due to its breathtaking views. The snowcapped mountains rise behind the lofty conifers.
Its vast meadows, torrential flow of the river Lidder and healthy climate has attracted the Bollywood shooting also. The river flows down from the Kolahoi glacier and the glaciers from the great Himalayan.
Parks: Pahalgam Valley has beautiful parks through which rivers flows. Abshar Park, Poshwan Park, Lidderview parks are in the Pahalgam within a walking distance. In Poshwan park there is a health club also where visitors can recreate with many facilities.
Worship places: Pahalgam Valley also has temples, gurduwara and also a mosque. There are an age old temples Gouri Shankar and Mamleswara and Gurduwara is near parks on the bank of Lidder River few hundered meters away from main market. The Jamia Masjid is in the main market.
From Pahalgam the tourists can visit Aru village which is 12 kilometers away from Pahalgam buss stand. The drive to Aru is also awesome which takes the visitors through narrow metallic road overlooking gushing streams, small meadows, villages and conifers.
Baisaran: Baisaran is a vast meadow 3 km away from pahalgam. The stream flows through the meadows and pine trees. Visitors can trek the distance or can hire pony to enjoy a refreshing horse ride to the place.
Zoo: The visitors can also get to watch different species of Deer, Lepard and Bear. The Zoo is one kilometer away from the Pahalgam market.
The place reminds one of the famous scenes of the Bollywood movie Betaab. It is 6 kms away from main market.
One can make a one day long trek to this enchanting lake which is surrounded by snow carpeted mountains. The ponies and the guides take visitors to the lake which is at an altitude of 4000m.
Where to stay and eat
Staying in huts and lodges partially surrounded by majestic conifers offering fresh oxygen gives one a pleasing experience. There are government owned lodges and huts providing accommodation at economical rates. Besides, there are hotels and guest houses for all categories of tourists in Pahalgam and Aru village. One should book the accommodation from Srinagar.
Restaurants and cafeteria
The hotels and restaurant in Pahalgam cater to all the delicacies. One can order for all types of continental and Indian food. Special Kashmiri cuisine (wazwan) is widely is also served in all the hotels and guest houses. In the main market of the pahalgam, the restaurant offer fast food, drinks and beverages.
What activities to do
Horse Riding, Golfing, Fishing, white water rafting, trekking, zorbing, shopping for world famous Kashmir arts and crafts
Golfing on best greens:
One and half kilometer away from Pahalgam market, its golf course has one of the best greens in the world developed by the Pahalgam Development Authority. Spread over 1175 kanals of land, the 18-hole Par 73 golf course amidst pine trees with refreshing air gives gofers the feel of real paradise. It has one of the best pro-shop and club available for the golfers.
There are practice greens, hutment area with 6 double bedroom huts. 100 caddies and 10 pros are to assist you in the sport. August to November is the best time to play golf in Pahalgam.
Pahalgam is also called the ‘anglers paradise’. Fishing in Lidder River is quite challenging. Visitors from many countries make it a point to hire the fishing equipments from Srinagar to enjoy this sport.
Anglers should first obtain permits from J&K fisheries department in Srinagar. Best season for fishing is April to September.
Kashmir is known for the world’s best handicraft. At pahalgam market, there are many showroom stuffed with unique Kashmir arts and crafts like products paper machie, wood carving, carpets, shawls etc.
Other places en-route:
Centuries old shrine of Sufi saint Baba Zaina-ud-din Wali fall on the hillock on the way to Pahalgam 10 kilometers short of pahalgam and 86 km from Srinagar.
The Sufi was a follower of the most popular Sufi saint of the country ‘Shiekh-Noor-ud-Din’.
In about 15th century, Baba Zaina-ud-Din Wali belonged to Hindu family fron Kishtawar(Doda). His name was Zia Singh. He suffered from a desease that could not be cured by any doctor of the time. When he approached the famous saint Shaikh Noor-ud-Din Noorani, his desease cured. There after Zia Singh became Shiekhs disciple and he accepted Islam.
One week long Illumination (Zool) festival is celebrated in the month of April in respect of the Shiekh Zaina-ud-din Wali in a peculiar way of holding torchlights “leshi” in a procession, which start in the shrine, are displayed to the public for seeking blessings.
5 km away from Anantnag, the centuries old temple is located in the Mattan which is populated by Kashmiri Pannits. The temple is also locally called ‘Maech Bawan’ (Maech means fish and Bawan means place to live). Near Martand temple there are three springs, Kamal, Vimal and Gouri springs in the premises of temples where the fish live. The springs give out blue water and the fish in them give a pleasing experience to the visitors. There are other two temples near Martand Temple. Ram mandir is on its right side and Durga temple is on its left side.
After every two-and-half years, Kum Mela is held at this place during which tourists, hund
Tourist Reception Center located in the main market of Pahalgam is the best place to get all the information and assistance.
The banking facilities from J&K Bank, SBI, HDFC, Cooperative Bank, are available in the main market.
Police Station, tourist police assistance booths, hospital, fire and emergency, gas fillings station and post office are in the main market.