Pahalgam, also known as Pahalgom, is a quaint hill station located in the Anantnag district in Jammu and Kashmir.
With its rolling green meadows and sparkling rivers, this town attracts throngs of tourists from around the world every year. It’s nestled at an altitude of 7,200 feet (2,200 m) and just 45 km (28 mi) from Anantnag, along the banks of the Lidder River.
For the spiritually inclined, Pahalgam is a hub of religious significance, serving as the starting point of the annual Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage. Chandanwari, just 16 km away, is where the journey to the revered shrine actually begins.
But that’s not all! This charming town offers a wide range of outdoor activities, such as hiking, trekking, and fishing, that are sure to get your blood pumping. The popular Kolhoi Glaciers trek, via the picturesque Aru village, is a must-do for thrill-seekers.
And if you’re into ice sledging, the local residents have got you covered. The beautiful stretches of river in Pahalgam are also a trout fishing paradise.
Some of the top sights to see in Pahalgam include the Aru Valley, Betaab Valley, Lidder River, Kolahoi Glacier, Chandanwari, and the Mamaleshwara Temple. And for all you Bollywood fans out there, Pahalgam was the shooting location for the hit movie Betaab, starring Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh. The valley was subsequently named after the film.
When it comes to food, Pahalgam has a unique culinary flavor that sets it apart from other towns in the state. Popular dishes include Matschgand (minced lamb meatballs), Kaanti (spicy lamb), Modur Pulaav (sweet pulao), Muj Gaad (fish with radish), and Syoon Olav (spicy meat and potatoes). And let’s not forget the local specialty – authentic Kashmiri saffron!
The best time to visit Pahalgam is between March and November, with summers being the busiest due to the Amarnath Yatra. While the summer months are ideal for sightseeing and romantic getaways, the monsoon season is perfect for adventure sports. If you’re a snow buff, don’t worry – the winter months are always open for business.
Pahalgam is easily accessible via regular bus services, with the nearest railway station (Jammu Tawi) being 283 km away and the nearest airport (Srinagar) 91.9 km away. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head to Pahalgam for a scenic, spiritual, and scrumptious adventure!