Valley of Shepherds
Situated in the Anantnag district, about 90km away from Srinagar, Pahalgam is a beautiful hill station and a popular tourist attraction of Jammu & Kashmir. Pahalgam is located on the banks of the Liddar River, and the rugged terrains, green meadows, and snow-capped mountains make it a perfect spot for adventure enthusiasts. Kolahoi Glaciers trek via a beautiful village named Aru is one of the popular trekking regions.
Sheshnag Lake, situated near Pahalgam, is another bliss altogether. In addition, the long stretches of rivers in Pahalgam are the perfect site for people who enjoy trout fishing. Baisaran, also called the mini switzerland, is a beautiful destination 6 kms away from Pahalgam. With tranquil meadows, pristine lakes and picturesque settings, you can just stroll down the area or sit down to have a picnic. Baisaran also offers activities like pony rides, zorbing, etc.
Pahalgam is where the famous Bollywood movie Betaab, starring Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh, was shot. The valley was consequently named Betaab Valley after that.
When in Pahalgam, remember to buy authentic Kashmiri saffron from Pampore. Chandanwari, situated in Pahalgam, serves as the base camp of one of the most important pilgrimages in India – the Amarnath Yatra. You could also go sledging on frozen glaciers.