Pahalgam is located about 95 km away from Srinagar and is one of the most popular places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir. It is situated at a height of 7200 ft. and is known as ‘The Valley of Shepherds’. The hill-station is surrounded by Himalayan Mountains and also serves as a base camp for the Amarnath Yatra. The place is not only known as a pilgrimage site but also holds Snow Festivals where winter sports are showcased. The Lidder River acts as the perfect spot for white water rafting and is very famous for its water sports facilities. Let’s look at the top 7 places to visit in Pahalgam–
1. Tulian Lake
This beautiful clear lake in the middle of mountains is very well known amongst tourists who visit Pahalgam. You can trek from Pahalgam to here or hire horses to visit this lake. It is about 15 km away from Pahalgam and can be quite the tough trek upwards but the final sight is totally worth it. Take a day and trek to Tulian to witness pure bliss.
2. Betaab Valley
Betaab Valley is named after the movie ‘Betaab’ which had actors Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh. It is situated about 15 km away from Pahalgam and falls enroute to the Amarnath temple yatra. The Betaab Valley is popular amongst trekkers as it serves as a base camp for numerous treks that go further into the mountains. The water is used by the locals for drinking, it is that clear! The stream running through the valley is the perfect picnic spot for the day.
3. Sun Temple
Situated in Martand, the Sun temple is said to have been built in the era of the Pandavas. It is around 64 km away from Srinagar and is situated on a plateau. The temple is well known for the carvings on the walls and because it is on a high level, it offers a majestic view of the Mattan village. The Sun temple is a must visit as it is an integral part of the history and heritage of the area.
Chandanwari fills up with snow during the winters and is known for its snow bridges. It is also the starting point of the Amarnath Yatra. One can reach the place by hiring a car. If you are visiting during the winters, don’t forget to hire some boots and coats and enjoy the beautiful sight around and play in the snow a little!
5. Mamaleshwar Temple
Mamaleshwar Temple is one of the oldest temples in Pahalgam. It was sanctioned to be built by King Jayasimha next to the banks of river Lidder. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located just 1km away from Pahalgam You can visit this temple on foot and witness the divine Shiva Lingam and take in the sheer serenity of the temple.
6. Aru Valley
Aru Valley may seem like just another snow-covered meadow but the bonus points of visiting Aru is getting to see local culture and traditional way of living first hand. Tourists can shop for souvenirs that are a lot more indigenous and admire the way local houses are made. The drive from Pahalgam to Aru Valley is an even better treat with pine trees and waterfalls along the way. Pay a visit to Aru if you want to get a taste of how locals live!
7. Pahalgam Golf Course
Pahalgam golf course is famous for its picturesque surrounding and wonderful greenery. The entry fee is nominal and the course is very well maintained. So, grab a camera and head to Pahalgam golf course to capture the majestic beauty of greenery till the eyes can see.
Pahalgam has only recently gained popularity amongst tourists after a lot of Bollywood movies were shot here. The place therefore remains the perfect getaway for a soothing vacation up in the hills and away from civilization. Pahalgam is a gem hidden in the Himalayas, waiting to be discovered.
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