Pahalgam

Pahalgam

Things to do - general
Located 95 km from Srinagar at a height of 7200 ft, Pahalgam, known as the ‘Valley of Shepherds’, is a famous hill station in Jammu and Kashmir where many films have been shot. Standing at the confluence of Lidder river and the Sheshnag lake, Pahalgam is surrounded by thickly wooded pine forests, breathtaking vistas of meadows and the snow-clad Himalayan mountains.

Serving as the base camp during the Amarnath Yatra, the Pahalgam-Chandanwati-Amarnath route is preferred by tourists trying to reach the mountain cave of Lord Shiva. The town also holds an amazing two-day long Snow Festival that showcases winter sports like skiing, snow-sledging and many more which tourists can participate in. Other activities that tourists can indulge in are golf, trekking and angling.

Apart from being a pilgrimage site, Pahalgam is also a treat for adventure junkies and is the starting point for several treks. However, the highlight of the activities available for tourists is the white water rafting facility winding down the Lidder River through the forests and down the rapids.

While shopping in Pahalgam, remember that there are only three banks with ATM machines (SBI, HDFC and J&K) and hawkers will ask for five times the rate of the product, so don’t forget to bargain. However, the Kashmiri shawls, carpets and clothing with chain-stitch embroidery are beautiful and a must buy.

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN PAHALGAM

Pahalgam has luxury, budget and mid-range hotels. However, the JKTDC huts offer the best views of the region. The huts also provide ponies for transportation, though they have been restricted from entry into the premises, they wait at the gate.

However, during the months of March-November most hotels are booked on account of pleasant weather. During Amarnath Yatra almost all budget hotels remain booked.

BEST PLACES TO EAT IN PAHALGAM

While most restaurants serve vegetarian food during the Amarnath yatra, the market area is filled with restaurants that serve delicious Mughlai delicacies during the rest of the year. All the hotels in Pahalgam have in-house restaurants that serve Indian and Continental cuisines but the fast food joints on the streets still serve the best meal.

Visa requirements

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Languages spokenEnglish, Kashmiri, Urdu, Hindi
Currency usedINR
Area (km2)135

Sports & nature

BEST TIME TO VISIT PAHALGAMThe average minimum and maximum temperature of Pahalgam is as given below. The best time to visit Pahalgam is also specified.

MONTH BEST TIME MIN. TEMP (°C) MAX. TEMP (°C)
January -2 8
February 1 11
March 4 16
April 8 21
May 11 26
June 15 29
July 19 30
August 18 30
September 13 28
October 6 23
November 1 16
December -1 10

Nightlife info

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Culture and history info

The culture of Pahalgam is a beautiful blend of Mughal and Kashmiri cultures, evident in its local cuisine, handicrafts, folk dance and festivals. Pahalgam is the place where the annual Amarnath Yatra commences, attracting Hindus from across the country. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Amarnath cave is just 28 km from Pahalgam. Like other Kashmiri towns, Pahalgam is known for its colourful handicrafts, woollen clothes, shawls, lavish carpets, etc. Pahalgam is a great place to relish authentic Kashmiri cuisine, but you can also find other Indian delicacies in the restaurants. Kashmiri food includes dishes such as Dum Aloo, Rogan Josh, Wazwan, etc. A special type of green tea is popular in Pahalgam, containing cinnamon, saffron strands, cardamom, walnuts and almonds. The town is popular for Kashmiri folk music and ghazals. There are various cultural events in the town

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