Location : Anantnag - Kashmir Valley Altitude : 2130 mts Side Valleys : Aru Valley, Chandanwari, Bisaran, Beetab Valley, Hajan, Mamal Major Tourist Activity : Trout Fishing, White Water Rafting, Golf, Horse Riding, Camping, Trekking, Mountaineering Best time to visit : March to November Pahalgam is an angler's delight and even an amateur can catch a rainbow trout from the rushing streams. the large brown bear is a natural inhabitant of the thick Pine and Cedar forests. Pahalgam has a golf course at 2400 meters above the sea level. Camping equipment, ponies and skiing equipment is readily available. White water of River Lidder makes it ideal for the thrilling adventure sport like white water rafting. Kolahoi is a popular Trekking destination via Aru Valley a charming meadow. Aru Valley haven for Amature and Professional Trekkers, some of the most popular trekking destinations from Aru are Kolohai, Tarsar, Marsar etc. Pahalgam is base camp for the pilgrims of Amarnath, and for Trekking expeditions to Sonmarg, Wadwan and Suru Valley etc. In Pahalgam the most beautiful of these is the huge, undulating meadow of Baisaran, surrounded by thickly wooded forests of pine. Hajan and Beetab Valley on the way to Chandanwari, is an idyllic spot for a picnic. Filmgoers will recognize it instantly as it has been the location of several movie scenes. Pahalgam has within it no fewer than eight tiny villages, one of which is Mamal. In Pahalgam there is a Shiva temple, generally considered to be Kashmir's oldest existing temple, dating to the 5th century. “Shepherd’s village”, Pahalgam is visited by tourists and locals in huge number for its gradual lowering of temperature and river Lidder flowing at an approachable distance. Traveling through meandering roads, Pahalgam opens up with a fresh coo1 breeze of the river. The Lidder river rises from the Kolohoi glaciers, Tarsar lake and Sheeshnag to join as tributary of Jhelum. Pahalgam has an astounding 9 hole golf course open for tourists now being extended into an 18 hole. The golf championships are organised by state government and private hoteliers in summer. Here, tourists and locals putt together in the shades of Pine trees surrounding the golf course. What to do in Pahalgam? Horse Riding, Golf, Fishing, White water Rafting, Trekking, Shopping, Fishing Trout fishing in Lidder River is quite popular sport in Pahalgam. Brown and Rainbow trout’s in the soft & hard levels of the river challenges an angler to throw a line at different beats. Kashmir is said to be the cheapest trout fishing destination in the world. The department of fisheries supervises the angling to maintain the ecological balance of the species through scientific measures. Anglers can buy or hire the fishing equipments like a rod, reel, flies ,net basket or long boots from the shops at Polo view lane, near the Bund Srinagar. The Ghilees can also be arranged from fisheries dept or the anglers shops. Permits have to be collected well in advance from J&K fisheries department.Best season for fishing is April to September. The Tourist Office near bus stand provides assistance and information to the visitors. Accommodation in Pahalgam? Pahelgam offers Variety of Accommodation in every segments Luxery Hotels and resorts to budget Hotels, Tented to Luxary Tented Resorts, Mud houses, Private Huts, JKTDC Huts to Private Paying Guest facilities. Pahalgam has the highest number of luxury private hotels after Srinagar. Guest houses and hutment type accommodation are scattered around the market area and in outskirts. Some centrally heated hotels make your stay comfortable during the winter season.During Amarnath yatra tented accommodation is available at Nunwan base camp It is recommended to make advance reservation for private hotel during Yatra period. Places of Interest in Pahalgam Baisaran, Shikargha, Betab Valley, Tulian Lake, Mamal Temple, Aru, Aishmuqam, Sun Temple, A vantipur Temples How to Reach Pahalgam? Pahalgam is in Anantnag District and is about 96 Kms from Srinagar. The nearest Airport is in Srinagar International Airport. The nearest Rail Head is at Udhampur and from there National Highway NH1A connects the Kashmir valley with India. From Srinagar Pahalgam can be reached via Khanabal as well as Bijbehara villages. Every type of Transport suit every budget from Buses to MUV Cabs are available from Srinagar as well as from Kahnabal (KMD bus terminal Anantnag). Daily sightseeing coach of SRTC during summers is available fron tourist reception centre.The local bus service from Pantha chowk bus stand can also be availed right upto Pahalgam main market.It is recommended to hire ataxi fron taxi satmdor through travel agent for this 3 hrs journey from Srinagar. From Jammu Pahalgam can be accessed via Khanabal Anantnag which lies on National Highway 1 A. During Amarnath Yatra the transport service is restricted on the Pahalgam route.Yatris holding valid permits should commute in a special yatra coaches from Jamu and Srinagar that move as per fixed schedule.The private taxis and coaches can also be hired. Every type of prepaid Taxis are also available at Srinagar International Airport
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