Pahalgam - The Village of Shepherds
95 km. east of Srinagar, 2400 mt. above sea level
holiday resort. It is called “Shepherds village” at the head of
the Lidder valley.
Best place for trout fishing. Apart from angling, Pahalgam is
also known as the starting point for trekking.
Pilgrims route to Amarnath Cave...
It is hardly surprising that Horse riding is fast growing in popularity in Kashmir. With spectacular scenery and clear air Riders can enjoy a wealth of different vistas - Ride through ancient villages, through flower strewn meadows, deep river valleys cut by fast flowing streams or mountainsides dominated by majestic Pine trees.
It is a delight in spring and an ideal stepping off point for
short treks. Film buffs will recognize many locations as it is the
favourite venue for film makers.
Kashmir is an Angler's paradise. A vast network of fast flowing
rivers, sleepy backwaters and high altitude Lakes give Anglers a vast
range of habitat to fish. Brown and rainbow trout abound - and, with a
sensitive policy of restocking the pot is rarely empty!
Amarnath cave is located in a narrow gorge on the farther end of Lidder valley at 3,888 m above sea level. The cave is 45 km from Pahalgam and 141 km from Srinagar. The trek begins in July-August. Despite being an extremely difficult trek, millions of devotees come to pay homage to Shiva in one of his Himalayan abodes.
people travel to Pahalgam first and then undertake the onward journey
of 45 km on foot, in batches. Overnight halts are in encampments that
are set up at fixed distances and give the appearance of a military
site. The return trek has to be covered in five days with night halts
at Chandanwari, Wawjan and Panchtarni. The distance of 12.8 km from
Pahalgam to Chandanwari is completed in five to six hours with the
first night halt at Chandanwari. The trail is along thick and green
woodlands of breathtaking beauty. The playful stream of Lidder
meanders and dances alongside, showing its sparkling white foam with
the pride and purity of a maiden descending directly from the lap of
the perennial Himalayas. One main attraction of this trail is the
bridge on the river Lidder, which is covered with snow even when the
surroundings are bereft of snow.
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