Eight Must-see Tourists Attractions in Pahalgam

Posted on November 27, 2022 by

The Himalayas have some of the most exotic hill stations of India – Shimla, Mussorie, Dehra dun, Rishikesh, etc. However, apart from these more popular tourist destinations which were mostly urbanized British colonials, there are also several off-beat hill stations and one such hill station is Pahalgam. Located on National Highway 44, it connects to Delhi on one side and Is the starting point of the religiously important Amarnath yatra. It is one of the most popular tourist spots in Jammu. This article will discuss some of the best attractions of this hill station.

Let’s get started.

1. Aru Valley

The first and one of the most loved tourist attractions in Pahalgam is Aru Valley. The valley is located at a distance of eleven kilometers and lies beside the Aru river from which it gets its name. We really enjoyed hiking here as it gave us a chance to enjoy the tranquil beauty of the local landscape. However, what makes Aru Valley top this list is the fact that it is the perfect place to try one’s hands on skiing. Another activity we really recommend is horse riding. April to June are the best months for trekking.

2. Overa Aru Wildlife Sanctuary

Overa Aru Wildlife Sanctuary is next on our list of must-see places in Pahalgam. A must-see for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers alike, it is home to animals including brown bears and musk deer. It is also the perfect place to go trekking in Aru Valley.

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3. Chandanwari

The next must-see tourist spot of Pahalgam is Chandanwari. Located at a distance of about fifteen kilometers from the city center, it is best visited during colder months when one can enjoy snow sledding here on a snow bridge. Otherwise, it is an excellent picnic spot.

4. Baisaran

One of the most beautiful places in this list of must-see places in Pehalgram, Baisaran has located a distance of a mere 6 km away from Pahalgam and offers a picturesque landscape, and views of lakes. One can also try pony rides here.

5. Betaab Valley

If you have enjoyed the famous Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh movie, Betaab, then you will be fascinated to learn about Betaab Valley, the next must-see place in our list which gets its name from the river. The movie-perfect place is full of those romantic sights that you might remember from the movie.

6. Kolahoi Glacier and Lidder river

Some of the most breathtaking sights we ever saw were at Kolahoi Glacier, a hanging glacier in Pahalgam which is the next place to make it to this list. Reaching this spot needed a lot of hiking but it was well worth the effort. It sits on and is the origin of the Lidder river and the seventy-three kilometer-long river itself is an excellent picnic spot while also offering many adventurous opportunities like horse riding, fishing, water rafting, horse riding, angling, etc. We highly recommend white river rafting on the Lidder river. Please note that water rafting normally starts toward the end of June in Pahalgam and plan accordingly.

7. Lolab Valley

A camper’s delight, this valley is oval-shaped and is full of incredible natural vegetation giving it a natural and graceful beauty besides being home to many wild animals like musk deer and black bear.

8. Mamaleshwara Temple

Mamleshwara Temple is the last tourist spot to make it to this list but it is hardly the least. Dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the very few temples built entirely of stone though the shrine inside is covered in gold. It was built by King Jayasima.

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Frequently Asked Questions

There are several questions relating to must-see places in Pahalgam. The following are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.s) :

Question: What is the best time to visit Pahalgam?

Answer: The answer will depend on what kind of tourist attractions one is interested in. We recommend July and August unless one wishes to cover it as a part of the Amarnath Yatra.

Question: Is it necessary or possible to cover Pahalgam when on the Amarnath yatra?

Answer: It is possible but not necessary to start one’s Amarnath Yatra from here. The pilgrimage yatra occurs during the month of Sawan or July to August and occurs at two different routes with starting points from Pahalgam and Baltal. Panchtarni, an excellent spot for camping located at a distance of twenty-five kilometers from the city center is the last helicopter drop-off point. A pilgrim must make the rest of the journey (about six kilometers) on foot or mule.

Question: What to buy in Pahalgam?

Answer: Clothes with Kashmiri embroidery, woolens, carpets, kaftans, rugs, Kashmiri handicrafts, etc.

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The Bottom Line

One can easily wrap up the above discussion by concluding that Pahalgam is full of excellent tourist attractions.

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