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Pahalgam is an epitome of natural beauty and a feast to the eyes and soul. This serene place is situated in the heart of Kashmir which is known as the ‘heaven on earth’. The lush green mountains covered with snow, surrounded by alluring Himalayan ranges, lush green pine forests, vast meadows and a lot more make this place worth visiting once in a lifetime.  

Anyone visiting the state cannot resist going to this epic boon. This place is also famous for being the starting point of the annual Amarnath yatra(trip) that is participated by Hindu devotees. The mountain trails of Pahalgam run towards the Amarnath cave which is the abode of Lord Shiva and a significant pilgrimage site for Hindus. Parallel to it runs the Lidder river which is a gorgeous company to travel with.

History of Pahalgam 

Set at an altitude of 2100meters above the sea level, Pahalgam remained an unexplored place by the outer world and this way, it guarded its mesmerizing beauty. For many centuries, Pahalgam tended to the nomadic and cattle owners who would often visit the place so that their cattle can graze in its green pastures. Due to this reason, Pahalgam was also referred to as the ‘Valley of Shepherds’.  

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Shifting the focus to the political scenario, Pahalgam being a part of Kashmir, always experienced the after-effects of the political changes that took place in Kashmir. Historians claim that Hindus ruled in Kashmir for a very long period beginning from the 11th century. In the mid of the 16th century, it was invaded by many Mughal emperors and the most significant among them was the celebrated Mughal emperor Akbar. 

After a few centuries, Ranjit Singh established his control over Kashmir in 1819 and later lost his kingdom to Britishers. When Britishers left, Maharaja Hari Singh became the ruler of Kashmir and its towns which included Pahalgam as well. Kashmir along with its towns like Pahalgam became a part of the Union of India with the treaty of accession that was signed between the two in 1947. During all this political turmoil, Pahalgam remained a passive witness and after India’s independence, Pahalgam developed as a tourist spot for its unexplored and exotic avenues.  

Places to visit in Pahalgam

Aru Valley

If you are planning to visit someplace amazing in and around Pahalgam then Aru Valley should definitely be on your travel bucket list. The lush green grasslands along with the thick and dense forests which are interspersed with modest as well as playful streams of water make this place to be truly amazing. River-crossing, paragliding, zorbing, and ziplining are some adventure activities that one can indulge in on a visit to the valley.  


The Chandanqwar is also related and a significant part of Amarnath Yatra as it is the starting point of the Amarnath Yatra which is situated nearly 15km from Pahalgam. The place is also popular for several snow sports and beautiful views of streams and mountains that surround the place.  

Lolab Valley

The Lolab Valley is situated in the northern district of the Kupwara of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. This valley is specifically laid with immense charm and beauty of the raw nature. 

Things to do in Pahalgam

Admire the Beauty of Betaab Valley

The valley is known for its surreal ambiance which it gets from the green meadows, forests, views of snow-capped mountains, and sparkling rivers. The valley is 15km from Pahalgam and has been named after a Bollywood film ‘Betaab’ that had Bobby Deol and Amrita Singh in the main lead. One can gaze at the deodar trees, the Lidder river, and the pine forest for hours.    

Explore the Kolahoi Glacier

Situated over the Lidder River, Kolahoi glacier is also known as a hanging glacier and is specifically known for its amazing and breathtaking views. Moreover, the only way of reaching this place is through trekking which will certainly make your journey worth remembering. Here one can also hire ponies along with the horses for specific stretches of the journey.

Visit the Mamaleshwara Temple

The Mamaleshwar temple is located at a distance of about a kilometer from Pahalgam. This temple has been specifically dedicated to Lord Shiva and has been constructed out of stones.

Events and festivals in & around in Pahalgam

Snow Festival

If you ever visit Pahalgam then attending the snow festival should be in your bucket list. This festival was started in the year 2003 and is quite a popular event among the people to date.  The festival is organized in the month of January or February by the government of J&K. Visitors can indulge in several fun activities such as sledging, skiing, horse riding and more during the festival. 


Normally celebrated on the 13th and 14th of every April Baisakhi is a historical festival of Sikhism that is also celebrated with equal zeal in Pahalgam. Read More


Celebrated on the 13th of Jan of every year. Lohri is a festival that is all about spreading love, happiness. This festival celebrates the harvest of sugarcane crop in the month of January. On the night of this festival, people light up a bonfire, sing songs and enjoy eating winter delicacies. Read More

Best time to visit in Pahalgam

Months between March to November are great to visit Pahalgam because the climate is great to wander and explore the place. However, the whole year is great to plan a visit to Pahalgam but visiting the place in December and January amidst an extremely cold climate can be risky as you might have to face blocked roads due to heavy snowfall.    

How to reach Pahalgam?

By Air. Pahalgam does not have an airport. The nearest airport to reach this town is situated in Srinagar which is around 80 km away. From the airport, one may take a taxi or a bus to reach Pahalgam. The airport receives direct and connecting flights from all parts of the country hence finding flights in your budget and on dates suitable for you will not be problematic. 

By Road. There are regular buses to Pahalgam from many states of India specially from the northern states. Because Pahalgam is well connected via road network one may also consider going by one’s personal vehicle such as a car or bike. Just to give you an idea about the distance here is a piece of information for you. To reach Pahalgam by road you have to cover nearly 800, 2100, 2200, and 2900 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively.  

By Train. Pahalgam also doesn’t have any railway station. The nearest railway station is situated at a distance of 80 km away in Srinagar. Trains from all the major cities and states arrive here. After deboarding, one may take the locally available transport such as intra-state tourist buses or taxis to reach the desired location in Pahalgam.    

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