Pahalgam is in Anantnag District and is about 96 Kms from Srinagar. Situated
away from the grind of daily life, Pahalgam occupies soaring mountains,
glistening glaciers, gushing silvery streams of ice water and dense pine and
cedar forests with soft whistling winds and revitalizing air. It is famously
known as the Lidder valley, which forms the north-eastern corner of the
Around Pahalgam are many places of interest, and because the resort is set
between fairly steep hills, it is worth hiring a pony rather than walking.
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
Places Of Interest
Baisaran & Hajan
The most beautiful of place in Pahalgam 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.
Pahalgam is also associated with the annual Amarnath Yatra. Chandanwari, 16
kms from Pahalgam, is the starting point of the yatra that takes place every
year in the month of Sawan (July to August). During the month of Sawan, an
ice stalagmite forms a natural shivling in the Amarnath cave, which waxes
and wanes with the moon.
The waters of this greenish blue lake are covered with ice till June.
It is the confluence of five streams and gives Panchtarni its name. A good
This charming meadow can be reached by walking along a mountain path. The
river Lidder disappears at Gur Khumb and reappears after 27 mts.
It can be reached from Lidderwat. There are delightful camping sites and
flower meadows at Sikiwas, 24 kms from here. To reach the nearby Mansar lake
one has to cross a 243 mts high bridge.
The environs of Pahalgam offer exciting trekking opportunities, the best
known being: Pahalgam - Chandanwari- Sheshnag- Panchtarni- Amarnath Cave
Ponies can be hired directly or through the Tourist Office. Tariff boards
are displayed at all important locations.
Pahalgam Club has a 9-hole golf course, which can be used by tourists. Golf
sets can be hired from the Tourist Office.
Fishing in the Lidder