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P 95 km. east of Srinagar, 2400 mt. above sea level popular holiday resort. It is called “Shepherds village” at the head of the Lidder valley. Best place for trout fishing. Apart from angling, Pahalgam is also known as the starting point for trekking. Pilgrims route to Amarnath Cave.
Located on the way to Chandanwari, the valley was named Betaab after the Bollywood movie by the same name! Earlier known as Hajan Valley, after the release of the movie, it was renamed as major part of the movie was shot here. Located amid picture perfect environs complete with snow capped mountains, gurgling streams, colorful willow trees & the warm sun; making it an ideal for an artists canvas! The crystal clear & chilly water of the stream bubbling down from the snowy hills is a delight, locals here drink this water too.
Located 15 km from Pahalgam, the scenic spot of Chandanwari leaves the traveler mesmerized in its beauty. Snow capped mountains & a huge glacier in the vicinity, its beauty is awe inspiring. This is as close as you can get to the Amarnath Yatra by vehicle.
Amarnath cave is located in a narrow gorge on the farther end of Lidder valley at 3,888 m above sea level. The cave is 45 km from Pahalgam and 141 km from Srinagar. The trek begins in July-August. Despite being an extremely difficult trek, millions of devotees come to pay homage to Shiva in one of his Himalayan abodes. Nowadays people travel to Pahalgam first and then undertake the onward journey of 45 km on foot, in batches. Overnight halts are in encampments that are set up at fixed distances and give the appearance of a military site. The return trek has to be covered in five days with night halts at Chandanwari, Wawjan and Panchtarni. The distance of 12.8 km from Pahalgam to Chandanwari is completed in five to six hours with the first night halt at Chandanwari. The trail is along thick and green woodlands of breathtaking beauty. The playful stream of Lidder meanders and dances alongside, showing its sparkling white foam with the pride and purity of a maiden descending directly from the lap of the perennial Himalayas. One main attraction of this trail is the bridge on the river Lidder, which is covered with snow even when the surroundings are bereft of snow.
Aru Valley is a small yet self-sufficient scenic village near Pahalgam. The drive up to the village is alluring too. The location of the village among the grasslands, make this place a tourist delight. The village also serves as the start point for trekking to Kolahoi glacier. Another long trek for the serious trekker is to Sonmarg, which can be covered in 3 days! The village is also known to be a good site for camping. Instead of taking the regular pony ride it is recommended that tourists explore the surrounding valley by foot to get a full sense of its beauty.
One can go Trekking at Pahalgam at many locations such as: Aru Valley, Kohli Glacier, Tarsar Lake, Chandiwari and Leh. The Himalayas are the largest mountains in the world. At an altitude of 2,130 m above sea level, one can enjoy the thrills of mountaineering from Pahalgam, and try to conquer the mighty mountains.
Hotel Abshar is just located besides the Lidder River, which offers white water rafting trips down its swift and wild flowing streams, originating from serene Sheshnag Lake.. It is a beautiful trip winding down the Lidder River through the natural forests and down the exhilarating rapids.
Just 10 mins away from Hotel Abshar, Pahalgam, located is the famous Pahalgam Golf Club. It is renowned for hosting international golfing events and providing golfing entertanment to all visitors.
It is hardly surprising that Horse riding is fast growing in popularity in Kashmir. With spectacular scenery and clear air Riders can enjoy a wealth of different vistas - Ride through ancient villages, through flower strewn meadows, deep river valleys cut by fast flowing streams or mountainsides dominated by majestic Pine trees. It is a delight in spring and an ideal stepping off point for short treks. Film buffs will recognize many locations as it is the favourite venue for film makers.
Kashmir is an Angler's paradise. A vast network of fast flowing rivers, sleepy backwaters and high altitude Lakes give Anglers a vast range of habitat to fish. Brown and rainbow trout abound - and, with a sensitive policy of restocking the pot is rarely empty! Pahalgam is one of Kashmir's important fishing retreats, with plump trout in abundance.