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Best Places to Visit in Pahalgam

Best Places to Visit in Pahalgam

Pahalgam also known as “village of Shepherds” is a popular destination in Kashmir. Pahalam is known for its scenic and breathtaking beauty with the main attraction is Lidder river. The base camp for Amarnath yatra is also Located in Pahalgam. The Pahalgam village provides a peaceful environment for relaxation and offers activities like trekking, horse riding, and fishing. With its lush meadows and serene atmosphere, Pahalgam is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers. The tourism in Pahalgam is experiencing rapid growth from last few years. Pahalgam is famous for its Valleys Aru valley, Betaab valley, chandanwari valley and Baisaran valley. The best month to visit Pahalgam is from April to August. To fully explore Pahalgam, a minimum of two days is recommended.

Pahalgam Valley is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, lush green meadows, snow-capped mountains, and gushing rivers. It is situated at an elevation of about 2,740 meters (9,000 feet) above sea level and is surrounded by the stunning Himalayan mountain range. The Lidder River flows through the valley, adding to its scenic charm. Pahalgam is also the base camp for the annual Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage. Devotees from all over India and abroad visit Pahalgam to commence their journey towards the holy Amarnath Cave, where an ice stalagmite is worshipped as a symbol of Lord Shiva. Apart from religious and natural attractions, Pahalgam offers recreational activities such as horse riding, golfing, trout fishing, and white-water rafting in the Lidder River.

Pahalgam Valley offers numerous activities and attractions for visitors. It is known for its picturesque hiking trails, including the famous Chandanwari and Betaab Valley. Adventure seekers can engage in activities like trekking, horse riding, white-water rafting, and angling in the Lidder River. The valley is also home to several beautiful waterfalls, such as Aru Valley and Kolahoi Glacier.

Best time to visit Pahalgam Kashmir

BEST TIME TO VISIT PAHALGAM KASHMIR

April to September is the best time to visit  Pahalgam. The temperature of Pahalgam during these months ranges from 20-27 degree . During this time the weather in Pahalgam remains pleasant  and you can explore the valley freely. For current temperature in pahalgam you can check online to get accurate details.

How to Reach Pahalgam Kashmir

Pahalgam is located in district Anantnag. The Srinagar to Pahalgam distance is around 90 km, You can hire a taxi from Srinagar or go for self drive car in Srinagar. Check updated taxi rates in Kashmir. 

Places To Visit In Pahalgam

When you travel to Pahalgam, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Pahalgam, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Pahalgam to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Pahalgam things to do can include exploring Pahalgam attractions and visiting the places of interest.

Betaab Valley

Among the most important places in Pahalgam tourism, Betaab Valley is encircled by tall deodar trees and pine forests. The Lidder River flows through the valley. The Bollywood movie Betaab was shot here, featuring Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh, hence the name.

Located between Pahalgam and Chandanwari at a distance of 15 km from Pahalgam, this is a place straight out of a picture postcard. Read an article or travel guide and you will find this name in the top 5 places to visit in Pahalgam.

Betaab Valley got its name from the 80s hit Bollywood movie of the same name, which was extensively shot here. It was earlier known as Hagan Valley which is still its actual name but the name Betaab Valley is the one that gets used most often.

A spread of green pastures, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, tall Deodar trees, and Pine forests is what makes this valley picture-perfect. Add to this the river Lidder flowing through it and you have a complete package to feed your body, mind, and soul.

The breathtaking beauty spread all around is sure to mesmerize you. Not only the stunning landscape, but Betaab Valley is also well known for being a base for many treks. So those of you who are adventurously inclined will find it an ideal place to start a thrilling trek.

Aru Valley

ARU VALLEY KASHMIR

Another entry in the list of must-visit places in Pahalgam would be the charming Aru Valley. It is stunningly beautiful and is located about 15 kilometers from Pahalgam. In fact, the drive from Pahalgam to Aru Valley itself is so full of scenic spots that it would be difficult for you to put down your cameras even for a minute.

The spread of lush green meadows in the valley gives the feeling of being in an entirely different world. Spending a few quiet hours in the lap of nature is the utmost incentive for visiting Aru Valley. Besides, it is also an ideal spot for honeymooning couples.

Aru Valley serves as a base for various treks and lakes and meadows. There are quite a few resorts here that provide a variety of activities also. The Pahalgam to Aru valley distance is 13 kilometers and takes around 45 minutes. Aru village is a famous trekking destination in Pahalgam and also serves as base camp to many trekking places including the famous Kolhoi Glacier trek and Tarsar Marsar Lake trek. If you have only one day you can still go for short treks in Aru Pahalgam like a trek to Green top and Lidderwat. You can reach Aru valley from Pahalgam either by a private taxi or by a shared taxi. 

Chandanwari

CHANDANWARI KASHMIR

Located about 15 km from Pahalgam, Chandanwari is symbolized by snow-covered vistas. It is a beautiful place that is significant from a religious point of view also. This is the point where Amarnath Yatra starts.

It is an annual pilgrimage trek for Hindus which is undertaken every year in the month of Sawan (July-August). Apart from that, this is also a place to enjoy the natural beauty. If you are fond of playing in the snow, this is the place for you. This picturesque place boasts undulating landscapes which will warm your heart. The drive to Chandanwari itself is a thrilling experience. The road meanders along river Lidder and you get a clear view of the snow-capped mountains.

Located 15 km from Pahalgam, Chandanwari is the starting point of the famous Amarnath Yatra. During winter, this tourist place in Pahalgam remains covered with dusted snow, and attracts tourist from every corner of the country. It is situated at an elevation of 2,895 m and the magnificent Lidder River flowing close by, creates a splendid sight to see. This is a picturesque place to see in Pahalgam, where Mother Nature offers visitors to relax in its company.

Baisaran Hills

BAISARAN HILLS KASHMIR

Termed ‘Mini Switzerland’, this lush green meadow is a treat to the eyes. It is called so due to the meadows present here that resembles the one found in Switzerland. Located just 6 km away from Pahalgam, this beautiful place is an excellent option for a leisurely stroll or a family picnic.

The pristine beauty of the place is a must-see for everyone. The green grass surrounded by thick pine trees gives a special carpet-like look to this place contrasting with snow-white hills visible on one side of this place.

To get to Baisaran Hills, you need to use ponies. The ride is scary, thrilling as well as adventurous at the same time. Pony walking on the edge of the hill gives scary moments but the natural scenic view on the way makes you forget this and soak in the beauty all around.

It is perfect for camping or picnicking with family and friends amidst nature! Nicknamed ‘Mini-Switzerland’, this picturesque beauty is a hilltop green meadow enclosed with snow-capped mountains and dotted pine trees. This offbeat tourist place in Pahalgam, and is great for those wanting to spend some quiet time. It also serves as a campsite for trekkers going to Tulian Lake. Moreover, the panoramic view of the Lidder Valley and Pahalgam town is breathtaking to the visitors.

Kolahoi Glacier

KOLAHOI GLACIER KASHMIR

Another place to take your breath away is the Kolahoi glacier. This is a hanging glacier over the river Lidder and is a sight to behold. Imagine standing at 18,000 feet and inspecting the stunning view spread all around. Won’t you feel on top of the world? Well, that is what Kolahoi glacier is all about.

But reaching the Kolahoi glacier is not an easy walk. You have to undertake a moderately difficult trek to reach this place. Along the way, you will find dense mountain vegetation. The river Lidder flowing with a thundering sound and icy rivulets make it all the more thrilling. You must carry adequate warm clothing with you.

As everyone may not be able to undertake this not-so-easy trek, there is an alternative of riding a pony to reach the Kolahoi glacier. This glacier is located at a distance of 25 km from Pahalgam.

This 5 km long, hanging glacier is located below Kolahoi Mountain and above the Lidder River. This is one of the famous tourist places in Pahalgam that can only be reached by trekking. En route, enchanting waterfalls, lush green meadows, majestic pine trees, and the magnificent view of the grand Himalayas will greet you. It is also known as the ‘Goddess of Light’ as it is the only source of water for the Jhelum and Lidder Rivers.

Lidder River

LIDDER RIVER KASHMIR

You might be wondering what it is like to explore the Lidder River, as we have mentioned a few times in this blog. So, wait no more! Flowing through the Lidder Valley, it gushes through the beautiful landscape of Pahalgam tourist places with the backdrop of the snow-capped Pir Panjal Mountain range. The pristine water of this river is home to many fishes and one can indulge in various water activities like fishing, whitewater rafting, angling, and horse riding.

Its blue waters against the backdrop of lush mountains covered with carpets of green and whitecaps are a sight to behold. Many tourist activities like white water rafting, angling, horse riding, and fishing are done in the Lidder River.

Lidder Amusement Park

If you are traveling with family and have kids in the group, Lidder Amusement Park should be among the must-visit places in Pahalgam for you. Some of the fun activities that you can enjoy here are swings, paddle boats, bumping cars, and a few other fun games.

Tulian Lake

TULIAN LAKE

This sparkling blue water lake is sure to mesmerize you with its stunning beauty. Located at a distance of 8 km from Pahalgam, the way to this lake goes through Baisaran. Situated between Pir Panjal and the Zanskar mountain range, Tulian Lake is a must-see spot. Once again, you have to undertake a trek to reach this amazing beauty. Of course, there is always an alternative way of a pony ride.

But the more adventurous kind would surely love the trekking part of it. This alpine lake has a beautiful setting with snow-covered mountains on three sides. These snow-capped peaks are generally 1000 ft higher than the lake. The lake itself is situated at an altitude of 12000 ft.

This beautiful lake is one of the top tourist places to visit in Pahalgam. Located at approx. 16 km from town, it is encircled by Zanskar and Pir Panjal Mountain ranges. It is famous for the 2-day trek needed to reach, but the blueish-green water, tranquil environment, and dotted chunks of snow are some of the major attractions of this beautiful destination.

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