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It is a quaint little village sitting at the confluence of the streams flowing from Lidder and Sheshnag rivers.
Pahalgam also serves as base camp sfor pilgrims proceeding to the shrine of Lord Shiva at Amarnath and treks to the higher mountains. Every year in July and August, the town is thronged with thousands of pilgrims.
Pahalgam has a 18 hole Golf course at 2400 metres above sea level surrounded by pine trees attracting the participation of local and national players in the tournaments. One can take a temporary membership here. Golf sets can be hired from the Tourist Office.
Places to see in Pahalgam
Baisaran, situated 5 km away from Pahalgam, is a lush meadow enveloped with dense vegetation. The meadow is dotted with thickly wooded forests of pine, and provides a view of the beautiful snow-clad mountains that surround it from all sides. Resembling European resorts, this huge and undulating meadow serves as a good campsite. The meadow can be reached by walk or can hire ponies from near the center of town.
Shikargah, a wild life reserve, Frislan a famous spot for trout fishing, Tarsar and Marsar Lakes are the other tourist attractions in Pahalgam.
Activities in Pahalgam
Pahalgam offers a pleasant place to stay respite from the turmoil of cities and ideal for short walks. The hillstation also offers trekking, hiking, river rafting, skiing and horse riding. Ponies can be hired directly or through the Tourist Office.
Pahalgam Club offers facilities for roller-skating, table tennis, badminton and cards.
The famous trekking routes are Pahalgam - Chandanwari- Sheshnag- Panchtarni- Amarnath Cave Temple- Sonamarg. Kolahoi Glacier is a popular destination for trekkers via Aru, a fascinating meadow.
Apart from these, Pahalgam is an angler's delight and even an amateur can catch with a rainbow trout and permits have to be obtained from the Government Fisheries Department. They also provide fishing equipment on rent. Live baits and spinning are not allowed.
Pahalgam is also a shopping paradise. The town is famous
for products made of wool. Carpets, Gabbas, Shawls and Namdas can be get
from local shops.