Pahalgam the beautiful hill station in Kashmir’s Anantnag district lies about 96 km from the state capital of Srinagar. Located at the confluence of Lidder River and the streams originating from serene Sheshnag Lake, this lush green valley is most sought by travelers seeking relaxation and leisure. Apart from offering the breathtaking panoramic views of the beautiful Himalayan Ranges, the place is also the base camp for pilgrims going to Amarnath Cave and a famous shopping place for woolen cloths. It forms a part of the region in Asia where Saffron is growing. The valley offers adventurous activities such as golf, horse riding, trekking and many water sports making it an ideal location for adventurous enthusiasts. Endowed with natural beauty, Pahalgam offers many mesmerizing attractions which include the meadow of Baisaran, Liddar valley and snow covered Tulian Lake. The Shiva temple located in Pahalgam is considered to be Kashmir’s oldest existing temple dating back to the 5th century. Best time to visit Pahalgam is between March and November.
Category : Hill Station
Time Zone: UTC + 5:30 Hours
STD Code: 1936
Info Website: http://anantnag.gov.in/tourism-pahalgam.htm
Best Time to Visit: March–November
The origin of Pahalgam is obscure. Mughal rulers ruled this region in the medieval period. It was later a part of the Kingdom of Kashmir, which was ruled by local Hindu rulers. This princely state remained independent even during the British period and later on merged into independent India.
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By Air : There is no airport in Pahalgam. The nearest airport to Pahalgam is at Srinagar. It is placed at a distance of about 95 km from Pahalgam. Srinagar is air connected to Delhi with regular flight services. Taxi services are available at the airport and taxi fare from Srinagar to Pahalgam will be about Rs 1,000.
By Train : Pahalgam does not have railway station.The nearest major railhead is at Jammu, which is 255 km away. One can reach Pahalgam from railway station by taxis or buses. Taxi fare is about Rs 3,000.
By BUS : Pahlagam is connected by Jammu and Kashmir state owned road transport corporation buses. Pahalgam is well connected to Srinagar (95 km, Rs 50) by buses. Special luxurious buses will also be available from Jammu and Srinagar to Pahalgam.
By Taxi : Pahlagam is well connected by a road network and national Highway. The tourist can reach to Pahlagam by taxi. The normal Indian taxi charges of Rupees 8 to 20 will be charged for each km.
By Other : Auto rickshaws are easily available for moving about in the city.