Once you are in Pahalgam, you will get to know all the reasons, why this magnificent hill station is among the most sought after destinations in Jammu and Kashmir! Located around 90km from Srinagar and at an astounding height of 7,200ft above the sea level, this scenic vicinity along the banks of the Lidder River is known for its lush-green ambience and untouched beauty.
Also the origin of the sacred Amarnath Yatra, Pahalgam not only entices the occasional holidayers or the devotees. Its craggy and uneven terrains, enthralling trekking options and access to several other points also make it a hotspot among the adventure enthusiasts. Among all the treks, the one that trails for around 35km and takes the trekkers through exhilarating passes, dense pine forests and finally leads to the Kolahoi Glacier is the most popular.
Even for the nature lovers, Pahalgam proves to be an ideal destination. The wide range of flora and fauna of this region is an ultimate treat for those who are in love with the enchanting beauty of Mother Nature. This quaint hill station serves as the home to several endangered wildlife species like Leopard, Brown Bear, Hangul, Serow, Grey Langur, Rhesus Macaque, Himalayan Mouse Hare and Musk Deer.
Best Time to Visit
Planning a Pahalgam trip during the period of March-November has its own fun and delight! Though this gorgeous hill station can be visited round the year, it is during this period of the year, Pahalgam showcases the best of its beauty and grace. The climate remains pleasant with a very less amount of rainfall, and thus allowing you more time in the outdoors.
In addition to this, Pahalgam can also be visited during the summer, monsoon and winter. Summer usually begins by March and continues till June. The weather remains pleasant all through with a temperature range of 11-25 degrees. During this period, the hill station witnesses a huge influx of tourists, who throng the region to complete the holy Amarnath Yatra. Monsoon in this region starts from July and lasts till September end. Though the region do not receive a heavy rainfall, humidity remains high during the monsoons.
Winters in Pahalgam arrives by the beginning of October and bid adieu by the end of February. Cool and crispy winter breezes, a downfall in the temperature range and snowfall marks the beginning of winters in this region. Certain places in Pahalgam also receives a considerable amount of rainfall during the winters; the regions comes fresh and alive due to the rainfall.
Places to Visit in Pahalgam
01 Betaab Valley:
The reason behind the name of this pictorial valley is the Hindi blockbuster ‘Betaab’ that starred Sunny Deol and Amrita Sinha. Located around 15km from Pahalgam, Betaab Valley is the northernmost part of India and is nestled amidst picturesque meadows, fascinating hills and mountains clad in snow and lush forests.
Tucked between the Pir Panjal and Zanskar ranges of the Himalayas, the valley serves as a popular camping destination among the trekkers to this region. Jotted with the scenic Baisaran and Tulian lakes, the valley has also been featured in several other Hindi blockbusters. And to name a few, there are Aarzoo, Kashmir Ki Kali, Jab Jab Phool Khile, Kabhie Kabhie, Silsila, Rockstar, Jab Tak Hai Jaan and several others.
02 Aru Valley:
Another gem in the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir, Aru Valley is located around 11km from Pahalgam. In addition to serving as the basecamp for most of the trek to the Kolahoi Glacier, this wonderful valley is also known for its enchanting beauty. Perched on the banks of the Aru River; the source of the valley’s name, this quaint little hamlet is fringed with several scenic meadows, magnificent lakes and captivating mountains.
Besides being known for its peaceful and tranquil ambience, Aru Valley also attracts a large number of adventure junkies during the winters. Due to the heavy snowfall during the winters, the valley is overwhelmed by usual skiers and heli-skiers during this period of the year.
03 Lidder River:
A lifeline to Pahalgam, Lidder River is a sight to behold in this region! Originating from the melting Kolhoi Glacier, this gushing waters of this river passes through the lush green mountains and makes its way through Pahalgam. Any Pahalgam tour without visiting this magical river is simply incomplete!
04 Tulian Lake:
Another gift of the nature to Pahalgam, this fresh water reservoir in Jammu and Kashmir is located at a height of 11,001ft above the sea level. A must visit destination in Pahalgam, Tulian Lake is nestled amidst fascinating snow clad mountains and is ringed with picturesque pine forests. From the lakeside, one can witness astounding views of the Pir Panjal and Zanskar ranges that also forms the enchanting backdrop to the lake.
If you are planning a trip to Pahalgam during the summers, make sure that your itinerary also includes a visit to Chandanwari! Located around 16km from Pahalgam, this vicinity is the origin of the Amarnath Yatra. Adorned by pictorial meadows, hills and mountains, Chandanwari is further embraced by the Sheeshang River. A sought after picnic spot in Pahalgam, it offers a pleasant climate all through the year and is an ideal destination to enjoy pony or palanquin rides.
06 Other important places to visit in Pahalgam includes:
Avantipur Temple, Mamal Temple, Kolahoi Glacier, Pahalgam Golf Course, Baisaran Hills, Mamleshwar Temple, Sheshnag Lake
Things to do in Pahalgam
- Camping and Tent-stays
- River Crossing
- Temple Visits
- Fishing or Angling
- River Rafting
Other Nearby Tourist Attractions
- Srinagar (89km)
- Sonmarg (164km)
- Gulmarg (140km)
- Lidderwat (22km)
- Patnitop (167km)
- Tarsar Lake (20km)