Pahalgam: The Shepherd’s Paradise of India
You are at Pahalgam, one of the popular hill stations in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. The time indeed has stopped. And so have you. Like a freeze frame.
Flaunting its snow-clad mountains, Pahalgam Tourism had been mainly popularised by Bollywood movies, decades back. Even the much revered Amarnath Yatra, one of the most sacred pilgrimages for Hindus, starts from Pahalgam as its base. For adventure enthusiasts, it also endows the rare chance to spot leopards, wild bears and deer.
The countless tones of green, blue and white, merging ceaselessly in the canvas of Pahalgam take you away from the world, silently. The scattered Victorian-age houses, antique wooden bridges and age-old religious places, add a different charm to this tourist destination in Jammu and Kashmir.
History of Pahalgam reveals that it was previously called as ?Shepherd?s Paradise.? Even today, you can spot several shepherds, lost in their own tune, lazily tending their sheep. Interestingly, with ?trout fishing? on the rise, it is popularly also called the ?Angler?s Paradise.?
Travel to Pahalgam, this season, with an array of Pahalgam Holiday Packages, to experience difference, in any and every form. Be it the adventure sports including camping, skiing, sledging, pony rides or even having a unique gastronomic experience by tasting Kashmir?s indigenous bakery items?the choice is all yours.
You can take a pony ride or simply trek on. This ideal excursion destination is also known for health and luxury resorts as well as tourist huts. Exploration never ends in Pahalgam. So, come and give Pahalgam Hill Station a try; atleast once in a lifetime.
Tourist Attractions of Pahalgam
Mamal Shiva Temple
Dedicated to Hindu Lord Shiva, the temple is an ancient shrine, located near to the Kolahoi stream. Dating back to 400 AD, thousands of pilgrims worship at this temple. Innumerable local legends and historical heritage further adds to its charm. As it falls on the way to Amarnath Cave, its religious value further increases.
This snow-fed river originates from Kolahoi glacier and is 73 km long. One of the main tourist attractions of Pahalgam, it finally merges with the Jhelum River. Its crystal blue water with greyish-coloured stones, scattered in a helter-skelter manner, further enhances its beauty. Also, as a popular fishing destination, few interesting fishes that can be caught are rainbow trout, brown trout, anyour and shuddgurn.
In the lap of north-western Himalayan Range, this valley glacier is truly a spectacular site to behold. It is also known as ?hanging glacier?. Locals call it Goddess of the Light because it functions as a perennial source of Jhelum and Liddar rivers. A trek in the Kolahoi Glacier captures the essence of this spellbinding valley.
A little village located few kilometres away from Pahalgam, it is known for its rustic beauty, exotic appeal and spiritual history. It is known for Kashmiri Hindu temple, dedicated to Sun God and attracts several Hindu pilgrims throughout the year.
Dating back to 15th century, it is one of the highly revered Sufi shrines, dedicated to saint Shiekh Zain-ud-din. The saint was popularly called as ?Zaino Shah Sahib? in local culture. Perched on the hillock, it falls on the route between Pahalgam to Srinagar.
Excursions from Pahalgam
Get on to explore the near-by tourist attractions like Baisaran (3km), Aru Village (11 km), Betaab Valley (15 km), Sheshnag Lake (23 km) and others.
Shopping in Pahalgam
Pashmina shawls, carpets and wicker-work are the shopping delights for tourists exploring the hotspot. Main Market Pahalgam can be visited for Kashmiri Handicrafts, golden red apples and woollen Kashmiri poncho.
When to Reach
The ideal time to visit Pahalgam is from April to July. It witnesses a huge number of tourists during Amarnath Yatra that takes place in June-July. Even during winters, opting for Pahalgam Trip can be quite breathtakingly beautiful, with snow-covered meadows.
How to Reach
Air : The Sheikh-ul-Alam Airport, locally called as Srinagar airport, is located 95 km away from Pahalgam. Hire a cab or taxi from airport to go to Pahalgam.
Rail : The Jammu Tawi Railway Station, located 280 km away from Pahalgam is the closest railhead. Hiring a private cab or sharing taxi from here is an economical option.
Road : Tourists can easily opt for buses and taxis from Srinagar and Jammu to comfortably reach Pahalgam. In addition to it, you also get to enjoy a breathtakingly beautiful road trip. Horse drawn carriages or tongas are preferred while exploring Pahalgam locally. Buses of Jammu & Kashmir Road Transport Corporation are best to travel the neighbouring cities.
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