The Valley of Shepherds"Situated at the confluence of the streams flowing from Sheshnag Lake and the Lidder River, Pahalgam was once a humble shepherd's village with breathtaking views. At an altitude of 2,130 m above sea level, this lush green valley is most sought by travelers seeking relaxation and leisure. Now it is Kashmir's premier resort, cool even during the height of summer when the maximum temperature does not exceed 25 deg C. A. 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 valley offers breathtaking panoramic views of the beautiful Himalayan Ranges. Pahalgam is the base camp for the renowned pilgrimage to Amarnath and also a famous shopping place for woolen products. It forms a part of the region in Asia where Saffron is growing.
PLACES TO VISIT
It is famous for its snow bridge. Lying at a distance of 16 km, Chandanwari is also the starting point for the auspiciousAmarnath Yatra. It is a small valley, situated at an altitude of 6,500 above sea level. Good sturdy shoes are a prerequisite if you are hiking in this area.
Pine forests dot this meadow which presents a picturesque view of the snow-clad mountains. The snow covered Tulian lake at an altitude of 3353 m is 11kms from Baisaran.
The waters of this greenish blue lake are covered with ice till June. Sheshnag lies at a distance of 13 km fromChandanwari and is at 11,330 ft above sea level. The place has derived its name from seven peaks that look like the head of Sheshnag, the sacred snake in the Hindu mythology.
It is the confluence of five streams and gives Panchtarni its name. For those headed towards the holy cave of Amarnath,Panchtarni is the last camping site. From Panchtarni, Amarnath is located at a distance of 6 km.
Pahalgam is the base for the religious trek to the abode of Lord Shiva. A narrow spiralling path from Panchtarni leads to the Amarnath Cave. The massive ice shivlingam is visited by thousands of pilgrims between July and September.
This charming meadow can be reached by walking along a mountain path. The river Lidder disappears at Gur Khumb and reappears after 27 mts.
A beautiful camping site set among dense forests. Starting point of the trek to the Sindh Valley.