at the confluence of the streams flowing from the river Lidder and Sheshnag
lame, Pahalgam was once a humble shepherd's village with breath taking
views. Now it is Kashmir's premier resort, cool even during the height of
summer. Pahalgam means "the valley of Shepards". It is located at a distance
of 96 kms. from Srinagar. This is a quaint little village nestled on the
banks of river Lidder. It is the base for several treks in the region,
and for the annual pilgrimage to the cave-shrine of Amarnath. The
surroundings are ideal and allow for relaxation and leisure in the true spirit
of a traditional hill station holiday.
The best season to visit Pahalgam is between mid April to mid November.
Around Pahalgam are many places of interest, and because the resort is set between fairly hills, it is worth hiring a pony rather than walking. Pony fares are posted at prominent locations. The most beautiful of these is the huge, undulating meadow of Baisaran, surrounded by thickly wooded forests of pine. Hajan, on the way to Chandanwadi, 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. There is a Shiva temple here, generally considered to be Kashmir's oldest existing temple, dating to the 5th century.
Pahalgam is also associated with the annual Amarnath Yatra. Chandanwadi,16 kms from Pahalgam, is the starting point of the Yatra that takes place every year in the month of Sawan (July to August).
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