Pahalgam is Kashmir's premier resort, pleasently cool even during the height of summer.Pahalgam is also a gateway to the most sacred Amarnath Yatra - Hindu Pilgrimage trip, normally undertaken by the devotees to attain Nirwana.

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Pahalgam Trip - The Valley of Shepherds

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.
A number of hotels and lodges cater to all preferences and budgets, from luxurious to unpretentious trekkers' lodges, including JKTDC's delightfully romantic, fully furnished huts, partially concealed by giant pine trees.

Pahalgam¤ Around Pahalgam

Around Pahalgam are many places of interest, and because the resort is set between fairly steep hills, it is worth hiring a pony rather than walking. Pony fares are posted at prominent locations.
The most beautiful of these is the huge, undulating meadow of Baisaran, surrounded by thickly wooded forests of pine. Hajan, on the way to Chandanwari is an idyllic spot for a picnic. Film goers will recognize it instantly as it has been the location of several movie scenes.

¤ Gulmarg- A Gateway To Amarnath

Chandanwari, 16kms. from Pahalgam, is the starting point of the Amarnath yatra which takes place every year in the month of Sawan (July-August). The destination is the Amarnath cave, believed to be the abode of lord Shiva.
Although the road from Pahalgam to Chandanwari is on fairly flat terrain, and can be undertaken by car, from Chandanwari onwards the track becomes much steeper, being accessible on foot or by pony.11kms. from Chandanwari is the mountain lake of Sheshnag, after which , 13 kms. away is the last stop, Panchtarni. The Amarnath cave is 6 kms. away from there. During the month of Sawan, an ice stalagmite forms a natural Shivling which waxes and wanes with the phases of the moon.

The State Government makes extensive arrangements every year for the successful completion of the pilgrimage trip, registering each one of the over one lakh pilgrims, registering pony owners and dandi walas, providing camps en route, and ensuring safe, comfortable and speedy progress of the yatris. If your making your trip to Pahalgam,not during the period of the yatra, you can still take a pony ride up to Sheshnag lake, returning late evening.

Courtesy J&K Tourism

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