|Pahalgam (Altitude 2130m—90 Kms)
|Once a modest “shepherds village” situated on the confluence (sangam) of mighty sheshnag
and lidder rivers has developed into a popular and modern summer resort on either side of these
rivers and mountains .The essence of pahalgam is the eternal sound of river Lidder like the
whisper of wind through pine and fir. It attracts huge number of locals and tourists due to its
cool environs even during summer. Pahalgam has an awe inspiring 18 hole Golf course
surrounded by pine trees attracting the participation of local and national players in the
Pahalgam is favourite with anglers who go trout fishing on various beats in the Lidder river
after obtaining a license from the Govt. Fisheries Department .The fishing equipment is
available. Pahalgam has a lively market place.
SIGHT SEEING AT PAHALGAM
Once in Pahalgam one can trek, ponyride or drive to the mountain lakes, plain meadows as
suggested hereunder :
ARU : This village resort is connected by 11 km motorable road from Pahalgam
BETAB VALLEY : Famous for film shootings is a plain scenic spot amidst pine trees 3 kms
on Chandanwari road.
BAISARAN : This popular picnic spot 4 kms from pahalgam has meadows, pine trees with
streams flowing through it
SHIKARGAH : A wild life reserve at a close distance
MAMAL TEMPLE : An 11th Century temple on the right bank of lidder has a Shivlinga
with a spring rising from there.
FRISLAN : Famous spot for trout fishing at a distance of 7 km
KOLAHAI GLACIERS : At an altitude of 3400 m and 36 km trek from Pahalgam via
Lidderwat enroute to the 5300m Kolahai peak (one of the highest peaks in Kashmir)
TARSAR & MARSAR LAKES : These twin lakes situated at 3788 and 3794 mt
respectively can be covered by 3 days trek via liderwat
TULIAN LAKE : At an altitude of 3353 mtrs is a full day trek via Baisaran. The steep terrains
lead to a magically crystal clear lake where one would love to stay for a longer time.