Pahalgam - The Village of Shepherds


Indiahik95 km. east of Srinagar, 2400 mt. above sea level popular 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...Indiahik

Horse Riding in Pahalgam

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.

Trout Fishing in Pahalgam

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!

Pahalgam is one of Kashmir's important fishing retreats, with plump trout in abundance.

Amarnath Cave

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.

Nowadays 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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