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Pahalgam

TraveLibro India Pahalgam Featured City
With stunning vistas of snow-capped peaks, gurgling rivers, pine trees, and lush greenery, the picturesque hill-station, Pahalgam is simply a sight to behold. With serene and charming valleys dotted with pine and conifer trees, this heaven on earth lures you with its breathtaking natural beauty. Trek in Lidder Valley up to Kolahoi Glacier, or go horse riding in Baisaran, or enjoy the tranquillity of the Tulian Lake. Indulge in fishing, angling, sledging, paragliding, and rafting. Enjoy panoramic views around you at the Sun Temple and admire the magnificence of Shehnag Lake. Shop to your heart’s content for Kashmiri handicrafts and enjoy a game of golf at the Pahalgam Golf Course. The quaint hill-station, Pahalgam offers it all—from quietude to adventure activities and countless perfect photo opportunities. Embark on an enchanting journey that promises to leave you marvelling at the magic of Mother Nature.
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TraveLibro India Pahalgam Featured City Betaab Valley

Betaab Valley

Visit the stunning Betaab Valley, which attracts tourists, movie-makers, trekkers and campers. Located at a distance of less than an hour from Pahalgam, the valley is replete with dense vegetation. The valley got its name and fame due to the famous Bollywood movie ‘Betaab’, which was shot here. This impressive valley is adorned with snow-clad mountains, pine and Deodar trees, walnut trees, willow trees, and more. Take a horseback ride or simply explore the valley on foot and enjoy the gurgling sound of Lidder River. Capture the enchanting valley in the lens of your camera while enjoying the music played by nature.

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TraveLibro India Pahalgam Featured City Aru Valley

Aru Valley

Experience the serenity of Aru Valley, which is located about 10-12 km away from Pahalgam and boasts of great natural scenery. A true nature lover’s delight, Aru Valley is bedecked with pine and conifer trees and breathtaking meadows. Visit the picturesque Aru village, which serves as the base camp for trekkers to the Kolahoi Glacier, Lidderwat, Sonmarg and several such trails. Hike up the hill or take a pony ride to enjoy the majestic view of the valley. Indulge in winter sports such as skiing and heliskiing or enjoy the summer activities such as paragliding, fishing, hiking, horse riding and more.

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TraveLibro India Pahalgam Featured City  Chandanwari

Chandanwari

Another awe-inspiring valley, which contributes to the beauty of Kashmir, is Chandanwari Valley. Located at a distance of 16 km from Pahalgam, this nature’s abode is reachable by road.. It is famously known for its snow bridge, which caters to the fun activity of sledging. It also serves as the base point for Amarnath Yatra, an annual religious journey that takes place during July to August each year. Take a pony ride, indulge in a snow fight or simply enjoy picnicking in the tranquil atmosphere with the purling sound of the Shesnag River.

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TraveLibro India Pahalgam Featured City Kolahoi Glacier in Lidder Valley

Kolahoi Glacier in Lidder Valley

Embark on a three-day trek to the Kolahoi Glacier from the Aru village, which is also the base point for this trek. The entire trail is fringed with pine trees and lush green meadows, boasting of eye-catching scenery. Commence trekking early from Aru and move upwards to the Lidder River Valley, which is also home to Gujjars (Nomadic tribe) until the winter months. Camp near the beautiful Lidder River and be lulled to sleep by nature’s music. Continue the trek next day towards the Kolahoi Glacier set at the foot of the Kolahoi Peak adorned with glacier waterfalls and umpteen shades of green.

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TraveLibro India Pahalgam Featured City  Mamleshwar Temple

Mamleshwar Temple

According to the legend it was Mamleshwar Temple where Lord Ganesha was asked to guard the entrance by his mother Goddess Parvati and not allow anyone to enter the temple without his permission. The temple is said to be in existence from the Neolithic Age and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It derives its name ‘Mamal Temple from the words ‘Mam Mal’, which means ’don’t go’. This temple is worth a visit as it boasts of appreciable architecture and a pure water spring. Offer your prayers to the great Lord and take in the serenity and purity of the shrine.

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TraveLibro India Pahalgam Featured City Tulian Lake

Tulian Lake

Strategically located between the Zanskar and Pir Panjal mountain ranges, Tulian Lake adds to the tranquil ambiance of the region. This charming lake is located in the district of Anantnag and lies at an altitude of 3,353 m above sea level. The best way to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of this water body is by trekking up the strenuous and challenging path from Baisaran. Switch off from the busy world outside and tune in to nature; enjoy camping in the inviting serene environment. The lake is also accessible by roadways and is located approximately 16 km away from Pahalgam.

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TraveLibro India Pahalgam Featured City Horse riding in Baisaran

Horse riding in Baisaran

Strike a good deal with horsemen and embark on a journey to experience the unmatched beauty of the verdant meadows dotted with a thick pine forest. Baisaran is adorned with a unique combination of shades of green with majestic views of the mountains. Ride along the narrow path, which is flanked with Deodar trees on one side and enchanting valley views on the other. Take the trail that leads to Dabiyan, a tiny settlement of Gujjar (nomadic tribes) where you can admire their low roof mud huts. There are ample of lookout points overlooking the valley and offering far stretching views of Lidder River.

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TraveLibro India Pahalgam Featured City Sheshnag Lake

Sheshnag Lake

The beautiful Sheshnag Lake is an oligotrophic lake located at an altitude of 3,590 m above sea level. It is commonly believed that the mythical creature Sheshnag (serpent) lives here and the seven peaks fencing this lake are believed to be representing seven heads of the serpent. The lake is replenished from the several streams, waterfalls and melted snow coming from the mountains and remains frozen during the winter months. Trekkers will come across 100,000 devotees passing along or camping at this site during the Amarnath Yatra, the annual religious trip taken by Hindu pilgrims. Ride a pony or trek up to enjoy this beautiful celestial water body.

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TraveLibro India Pahalgam Featured City Sun Temple

Sun Temple

Witness the finest illustration of Kashmiri architecture on your visit to the ruins of the famous archaeological site of Martand Sun Temple. The temple was built in the 8th century AD, during the reign of Lalitaditya and is dedicated to the Sun God. The uniqueness of this temple lies in its location as it is perched on top of the plateau offering stunning views of Kashmir valley with snow-clad mountains soaring high in the background. Admire this limestone temple and wander around the pond, which is home to a number of fishes. Get enthralled with the history and grandeur of the temple ruins.

Image Courtesy: Divya Gupta via Wikmedia Commons
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TraveLibro India Pahalgam Featured City Angling at Lidder River

Angling at Lidder River

This 73 km long river is one of the most important ones in the Kashmir valley. The river originates from the Kolahoi Glacier and flows southwards through the alpine meadow Lidderwat. It is also the main source of water for Anantnag and other villages in the valley. This second major tributary of Jhelum River is a paradise for anglers. It is advisable to arrange for a fishing permit in advance from the Fisheries Department. Rent fishing equipments and trek to the beautiful Lidder River, with its blue waters and known for its brown trouts. Adventure junkies can engage in activities such as trekking and rafting here.

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TraveLibro India Pahalgam Featured City White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting

One of the main recreational activities to engage in Pahalgam is white water rafting on the Lidder River. There are many certified companies that provide rafting lessons under the guidance of expert guides. The different stretches of the river cater to all, from amateurs to adventure enthusiasts. Feel the adrenalin rush as you paddle along the gushing waters of river, which is fed by several mountain rivers, falls and streams. Tackle the obstacles like deep gradients, narrow gorges on this bumpy ride.

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TraveLibro India Pahalgam Featured City Retail Therapy

Retail Therapy

The beautiful ’Valley of Shepherds’ is known majorly for its woollen products along with artistic Kashmiri handicrafts. Handicraft aficionados should shop for traditional goods such as ‘Gabbas’ and ‘Namdas’ (Kashmiri handicraft), handwoven carpets, wall hangings, and sculptures made from Apple tree wood. One can also choose from an assortment of items such as shawls, kaftans, jackets, blankets, and more. Ladies must shop for elaborately embroidered Jamavar shawls, Phirans (long woollen cloak) and beautifully handwoven tea cosies. Visit the main market, which offers all of the above under the one roof.

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TraveLibro India Pahalgam Featured City Tee a ball

Tee a ball

Perfect your swing amidst spectacular scenic beauty surrounded by Fir Mountains and snow-clad peaks, which make it a picture perfect golf venue. Pahalgam Golf Course is a well-manicured and exquisite 18 hole golf course designed by architect Ranjit Nanda. It also hosts many golf championships, which are organised by the state government and many hotels organise tournaments during the summer months here. Due to the considerable elevation throughout the course, we recommended you book a golf cart in advance. Take in the sheer pleasure of golfing in this huge bowl-shaped green space with the dramatic scenery in the backdrop.

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