Pahalgam is probably the most popular hill resort in the Kashmir valley and about 95 kms from Srinagar. Since it is rather lower than Gulmarg the night time 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. 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.
Mughal rulers ruled this region in the medieval period. It was later a part of the Kingdom of Kashmir, which was ruled by local Hindu rulers. This princely state remained independent even during the British period and later on merged into independent India.
Pahalgam is the starting point of the annual Amarnath yatra (holy journey) to the holy cave shrine of Amarnath, which is said to be the abode of Lord Shiva. Every year in the month of July/August, thousands of pilgrims descend on Pahalgam on their way to the holy cave
Most of the hotels in Pahalgam have their in-house restaurants where one can order for all types of continental and Indian food. There are good number of restaurant in the main market where the tourist can get the fast food as well as the mughlai delicacies. During Amarnath yatra pure vegetarian food is provided at most of the restaurants and hotels.
At a distance of 15 kilometres from Pahalgam, it is the central point for any trek to the Kolahoi glacier, which is at an altitude of 18,000 feet. The drive up to Aru is an experience in itself; keep your cameras ready for some gorgeous shots of the Valley.
A few kilometers from Pahalgam are the Baisaran Hills - enclosed by a dense forest of pines, firs and cedars over the Lidder Valley, this makes for a perfect campsite.
At an altitude of 11,000 feet, the scenic Tulian Lake nestled amidst snow covered mountains is a refreshing sight. Frequented by avid trekkers, it is recommended to take a local guide for a trip here.
Relive the memories of old Bollywood flicks or if you are lucky, catch a movie shooting in action in Pahalgam. Any Indian movie buff will instantly recognize Hajan Valley, which the locals christened Betaab valley after the release of a blockbuster movie by the same name.
Chandanwari, situated in the outskirts of Pahalgam, is a place of immense religious and tourist significance. It is the commencement point of the annual Amarnath Yatra, which is an important pilgrimage held in the Hindu month of Sawan.
"The golf course of Pahalgam is well known because of a multitude of reasons, which include its scenic location, high altitude and an array of facilities. It is located at an elevation of 2400 metres above the sea level, amidst snow-capped mountains and dense pine forestations. Pahalgam Golf Course covers a wide expanse of elevated and plain area in the narrow valley, which is why locals often refer to it as a plateau. The plateau rises near the spot where the two rivers from Sheshnag and Aru meet.
One of the most significant aspects of Pahalgam is that it serves as the starting point for the annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave in the months of July and August. Attracting thousands of devotees every year, Hindus consider a pilgrimage to the abode of Lord Shiva to be of great importance in their lifetime. The ice lingam that forms naturally within the Amarnath cave is worshipped by believers. Pilgrimage for the Amarnath cave starts from Pahalgam every year between July and August.