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Pahalgam

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Pahalgam

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Pahalgam

Pahalgam is a city in India. Heaven on Earth. A Small place of 2-3 KM but you can spend a week without getting bored.

Get in

Taxi from Airport to Pahalgam or Srinagar to Pahalgam should be 1500 -1800 Rs. From Jammu is 8 hours to get Pahalgam.

For budget travellers, the cheapest and decently comfortable way to reach Pahalgam is to reach Jammu by rail and catch a share taxi (4WD Sumo or Minibus) from the bus stand to Srinagar which costs Rs. 200-400 pp and get off at Khanabal. This journey takes 6-7 hours. Within Khanabal district, catch a three-wheeler auto to Anantnag Sumo stand (Rs. 30 for an auto) from where you should be able to get another 4WD share Sumo to Pahalgam for Rs. 40-50 per person which drops you off at the Pahalgam Sumo stand in approximately 1-1.5 hours.

These rates vary from season to season with extreme rates in peak season (Mid-April to June). For those without any budget constraints, another option is to hire a personal Sumo from Jammu bus stand to Pahalgam for Rs. 3400 (March 2008). A hired sumo from Anantnag to Pahalgam costs Rs. 500-700 (March 2008)
Sometimes the localites confuse the word Share taxi with a hired taxi. So its easier to explain it to them by saying that you want to travel in a "Service gaadi".

Buses also ply from Jammu bus stand to Pahalgam but they are very uncomfortable and take more time (12-14 hours). The rates are around Rs. 150-200.

Get around

Getting around Pahalgam is done mostly by walk,taxi,pony,treks,whatever you want etc.

See

Baisaran

There are 3-4 sights to be seen like Baisaran, ChandanWadi, Aru.

  • Shooting the rapids Pahalgam offers white water rafting trips down the Lidder River. The season for rafting is May to August and the trips go for 30 minutes and approximately 3 kms. It is a beautiful trip winding down the Lidder River through the natural forests and down the exhilerating rapids. No experience is required as all training provided. Each boat takes 6 passengers with 2 rafting guides with helmets and life jackets provided.

the rafting is run by Himalaya Fun N Tours

  • Amarnath Yatra The holy pilgrimage to the Shiva Lingam this year starts in June 2007 and runs for 2 months. This yearly pilgrimage starts in Pahalgam and takes 3 days. Pilgrims take a taxi 16kms to Chandiwari then they walk or take a pony to the cave and back which takes at least 2 days with an overnight stay in either Shishnag or Panchtarni. It is a trip not for the faint hearted as it is quite arduous though the faithful in their devotion to Shiva push on regardless and always make it.
  • Pahalgam offers lots of treks: Aru Valley, Kohli Glacier, Tarsar Lake, Chandiwari and Leh. The road to Ladakh is now open after winter so jeep safaris and camping trips to Leh, Pahalgam offers Fishing.
  • Go for a pony ride to Kashmir Valley, Dabian and Baisaran where you can even have a picnic. Make sure to carry food and water along with you. Pony rides cost Rs. 300 in off-season (Feb-Mar) and can even go as high as Rs. 1500 in peak season (May-July)
  • Other tourist spots include the fisheries, Bobby hut, Golfcourse, Amusement park. These places can even be covered by a pony ride but its better to walk.

Buy

View from besides the fisheries in Pahalgam

Pahalgam has lots shops and you can buy everything which is made in Kashmir. It is a huge market with everything you want.

Eat

Pahalgam has lots of restaurants, dhabas and coffee shops and all the hotels have their own restaurants.

  • Nathu Rasoi is a budget restaurant (dhaba) specialising in North Indian food. It is highly recommended by the localites, although it opens only during the peak season.
  • Dana Pani is a vegetarian restaurant serving delicious North Indian food at cheap rates (Rs. 100-150 pp in off season). Fixed meals come at Rs. 75.

Sleep

  • Hotel Noor Mahal, Close to Main Market-Tourist Office, Pahalgam. Tel. 094149532530, 09906886742, +91-1936-210612. Fax. +91-1936-243227. Very clean and comfortable rooms available at Rs. 350-400 (Feb-Mar) and Rs. 1000-2000 (May-June).
  • Himalaya House, Laripora Road, tel. +91-1936-243072, [1]. Himalaya House is a guest house with 8 rooms and a dining kitchen. From the rooms you have a great view over the mountains and rivers of the Himalayan Kashmir. Rooms starting from 400 Rs.
  • Hotel Brown Palace, Lari Pora Pahalgam,tel.+91-1936-243255. [2]. The place is ideally located with the lidder river running past it in the front. The hotel building is from early 70s - the rooms are varied, the furnishings are comfortable , some rooms are unsuited. The in-house restaurant specializes in home cooked meals, both western and Indian. The hotel includes modern amenities including hot showers, clean cozy rooms with great views, and a quiet location 15 minutes walk from the city.