Jammu & Kashmir is the northernmost state of India and is also known as the crown of India. Due to the impeccable natural beauty, Kashmir is called the Paradise on Earth. One of the heavenly parts is the Pahalgam that every tourist wants to ever visit.
Pahalgam is situated an altitude of 2,130m and about 95-km from Srinagar, Pahalgam is probably the most popular hill resort in the Kashmir valley. Since it is rather lower than Gulmarg the nighttime temperatures do not drop so low and it has the further advantage of the beautiful Lidder River running right through the town. Pahalgam is situated at the junction of the Aru and Sheshnag Rivers and surrounded by soaring, fir-covered mountains with bare, snow-capped peaks rising behind them. The Aru flows down from the Kolahoi glacier beyond Lidderwat while the Sheshnag from glaciers along the great Himalayan. At the confluence of the streams flowing from the river Lidder and Sheshnag Lake, Pahalgam was once a humble shepherd’s village with breathtaking views.
The 5 most breathtaking places that you can visit in Pahalgam are following:
1. Camping at Lidder Valley
Pahalgam, and especially Lidder Valley, is a hotspot for campers who are looking for some adventure and excitement in their lives. You will begin your journey from Aru Village, and from there, it is a 12 km (7.4 miles) hike to the camping site. You have an option for a pony ride also.
There is another part where we can also go for a trekking trip to two identical lakes which are situated nearby called Marsar and Tarsar.
2. White water river rafting
White water river rafting is popular in Pahalgam. Known as the Lidder Joy Ride, the 8 km (4.9 mi) stretch of pure, ruthless white water will take you on the ride of your life. The rafting experience has been graded into different categories where you can go for a short ride of 2.5 km (1.5 mi) while the longest ride is about 8 km (4.8 mi) long.
The journey will begin from Varganpal Bridge, Pahalgam, and take through the valley to Ganeshpora. There are professional rafting tour guides available in the area where someone can book rides. They have all the necessary safety equipment and also provide a navigator.
3. Kolhai Glacier
Kolhai Glacier is located north of the city of Pahalgam. It is a beautiful glacier which will offer you one of the most stunning views you have ever seen. If you are not an experienced trekker, then this journey is probably not for you. The hike is dangerous and challenging, however, it is worth every bit of trouble you will face on your way to the top. The source of River Lidder is situated on the highest peak of the glacier which is known as Kolhai Glacier.
4. Sheshnag Lake
Sheshnag Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the city, and it is also a popular pilgrimage site. According to Hindu mythology, Sheshnag was the king of serpents, and the lake is still believed to be his home. There are two ways to reach the lake. If someone likes trekking, they will begin an uphill journey from Chandanwari, or they can take a pony ride.
In Baisaran Hills, also known as Mini Switzerland across the world, you will find dark, long meadows covering the landscape. It is located at a distance of five kilometers (3.1 mi) from the Pahalgam main market. The land is covered with thick green carpet and the snow-covered peaks in the backdrop will make you feel like taking selfies all day long.
Hikers who are looking to hike further towards the hills all the way to Tulian Lake, often camp at Baisaran Hills.