is about 96 km from the state capital of Srinagar. It is a quaint
little village sitting on the banks of river Lidder. Untouched by
urban development, Pahalgam is an angler's paradise, promising to
please even an amateur with a rainbow trout. The thick pine and
cedar forests around this hill town provide a natural habitat for
the large brown bear. Pahalgam has a golf course at 2400 metres
above sea level. For adventure-seekers, camping equipment, ponies
and skiing equipment are easily available. Kolahoi is a popular
destination for trekkers via Aru, a fascinating meadow. Pahalgam
is also the base camp for pilgrims proceeding to the shrine of Lord
Shiva at Amarnath.
at the confluence of the streams flowing from Sheshnag Lake and
the Lidder river, Pahalgam (2,130 m) was once a humble shepherd's
village with breathtaking views. Now it is Kashmir's premier resort,
cool even during the height of summer when the maximum temperature
does not exceed 250C.
most beautiful of these is the huge, undulating meadow of Baisaran,
surrounded by thickly wooded forests of pine. Hajan, on the way
to Chandanwari, is an idyllic spot for a picnic. Filmgoers will
recognize it instantly as it has been the location of several movie
scenes. Pahalgam has within it no fewer than eight tiny villages,
one of which is Mamal.
is a Shiva temple here, generally considered to be Kashmir's oldest
existing temple, dating to the 5th century.
Pahalgam is an ideal place for an adventure sports enthusiast.
It offers wonderful treks, skiing, mountaineering and camping sites.
Facilities for roller-skating, table tennis, badminton and cards
are available at the Pahalgam Club. One can take a temporary membership
at the Pahalgam natural golf course.