Pahalgam

Pahalgam

Pahalgam

Masked with giant conifers and enclosed by alpine peaks, the deep-cut mountain valleys of Pahalgam hold the gurgling Lidder and Seshnag rivers. The surrounding mountains contain various picturesque spots and over 20 lakes to which guides and horsemen are more than keen to take you for a ride. The hill station of Pahalgam has eight tiny villages inside it. One of the villages is Mamal, which houses an ancient Shiva temple dating back to the 5th century. Pahalgam also comprises of a part of theonly saffron growing areas of Asia.

Not quite spoiling the great natural beauty is Pahalgam, a major resort town and staging point for the Amarnath pilgrimage.Sprawling 4km around the river junction, it offers many interesting tourist destinations. Amongst them are the surging pastures of Baisaran, Hajan, apopular picnic spot, on the way to Chandanwari.

Pahalgam is also associated with theholy yatra of the Amarnath cave. Chandanwari, 16 km from Pahalgam, is theoffset  of the Amarnath yatra. Pahalgam is considerably famous for wool products like Gabbas and Namdas, available inthe local shops. There are a number of activities one can undertake, while in Pahalgam such as trekking, rafting and golf. Some of the famous treks of Pahalgam are the Pahalgam-Sonamarg Trek and the treks to Chandanwari, Kolahoi Glacier and Sheshnag Lake.

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