The valley offers breathtaking panoramic views of the beautiful Himalayan Ranges. Pahalgam is the base camp for the renowned pilgrimage to Amarnath and also a famous shopping place for woolen products. It forms a part of the region in Asia where Saffron is growing. Pahalgam valley is perfectly suitable for adventurous activities like golf, horse riding, trekking and many water sports. The unexplored undulating hilly terrains and the plain valley regions are equally eye catching.
Location: Jammu and Kashmir, District Anantnag
Climate: (summer- 11 to 35°C) (winter -5 to 14°C)
Language: Kashmiri, Urdu, Hindi
How to Reach:
By Airport: Jammu is the nearest airport
By Rail Station: Pahalgam itself has a railway station
By Road: Local transportation is there to roam in Pahalgam
Distance from the major cities/towns from Pahalgam:
Srinagar-140km, Sonamag-42km, Gulmarg-146km, Jammu-225km is the nearby cities.
Places of Tourist Interest:
Aru Valley is a small yet self-sufficient scenic village located 15 km from Pahalgam. The drive up to the village is alluring too. The location of the village among the grasslands, make this place a tourist delight. It is reachable by walking along a mountain path.
This valley was named Betaab after the Bollywood movie by the same name! Earlier known as Hajan Valley, but after the release of the movie, it was renamed as the major part of the movie was shot here. Set amid picture perfect environs complete with snowcapped mountains, gurgling streams, colourful willow trees & the warm sun; making it ideal for an artist's canvas! The valley is at a walk-able distance from Pahalgam. The crystal clear & chilly water of the stream bubbling down from the snowy hills is a delight; locals here drink this water too. Baisaran and Tulian Lake are few nearby attractions that can be visited.
The famous Amarnath Yatra which takes place every year during the month of Sawan (July to August) commence from both the routes, of Pahalgam and Baltal. Chandanwari which is around 15 km from Pahalgam is the starting point for Amarnath Yatra.
The place is best explored on foot.
Some of the must try dishes are rogangosh, rista (meat balls), yakhni, and Gushtaba
Best Time to Visit:
March to November is the best time to visit this destination.