Map Of Pahalgam

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Pahalgam Videos

Doodal Glacier:

Watch on as the water rushes down with the beautiful mountain scenery along with it.

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Video Of Pahalgam by IBNlive:

This video is directly recorded from the IBN Live channel, way back in 2007. Its hot, and cool!

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Short road trip to Pahalgam:

Some nice scenes in this 40 sec video.

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Horse Ride in Pahalgam:

A short video taken during the snowy winter in Betaab valley, at Pahalgam.

Activities for Pahalgam Visitors

There are several tourist attractions here in Pahalgam. If you visit Pahalgam, a visit to Shiva temple called Mamaleswara in the village of Mamal is a must. This temple is believed to be Kashmir’s oldest temple. It is thought to be dated back to the 12th century. The Baisaran meadow, which is surrounded by pine forests on all sides, is another place worth seeing. It is 5 kilometers from Pahalgam. There are some excellent views over the town and the Lidder valley from this meadow, 5 kilometers from Pahalgam. You could go fishing and raft down the Lidder River. You will need a permit to fish on the Lidder River. Another 11 kilometers away from here will take you to Tulian Lake, which is at a height of 3353 meters. It is covered with ice for the most part of the year. Yet another place to see is Aru. If you are looking for a walk in the day, this pleasant little village of Aru is very interesting. You could also go horse riding up to the Thajwas glacier.

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Pahalgam is the place to visit for those interested in outdoor activities such as horse riding, golf, trekking and fishing. You could trek around or you could hire ponies. Other than the above activities one could also partake in the pleasures of ice-hockey, ice-skating and cross country skiing. The best place to go ice-skating would be Srinagar or Pahalgam. Ice-hockey is a team sport played between two teams. These two teams try to maneuver a smooth puck to score goals against the opposing team. Speed and adroitness are the two key factors of this game. You could get a game of Golf at the Pahalgam golf course situated at a height of 2400 meters above sea level. Pahalgam club has a 9-hole golf course that the tourists can avail of. You can hire the golfing equipment here.

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Pahalgam is not simply a hill-station. It’s a recreation resort. There is something about the unpolluted and invigorating air of Pahalgam. Restricted accessibility combined with inadequate telecom connectivity makes it a perfect getaway from the drudge of daily life and professional strain. It’s like arriving into the lap of nature to do numerous things – but the best of them is doing nothing. If you are looking to spend some quality time with your family or if you wish to be passionate with your loved one or going on picnics up the river with the children or taking them on pony rides, simply lolling around reading a novel, this is the ideal place to visit. Having a cup of coffee at the cozy market and shop for Kashmiri handicrafts is another favorite pursuit.

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History and pilgrimage of Pahalgam

Once you get to Pahalgam, there are several short walks from here and it is an ideal base for longer treks to Kolahoi Glacier. During the winter months (December to February) snow skiing is an attraction at Kolahoi glacier. Pahalgam is the point of commencement of the annual Amarnath pilgrimage. Tours to Pahalgam are associated mostly with the Amarnath pilgrimage. It is considered to be one of the most sacred places in the country. The Shiva-ling (phallic symbol of Lord Shiva) here changes its size as the moon waxes and wanes and with the season too. The ling stands at a height of about 6 feet on a full moon night. There is a celebration at the cave temple each year on the full moon day in July-August (Shravan) when the Shiva-ling attains its maximum height. It is believed that Lord Shiva materialized for the first time on this day.

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Amarnath is situated in a glacial valley 45 kilometers from Pahalgam at a height of 3888 meters. The cave is approximately 90 feet long and 150 feet high. According to a legend Lord Shiva narrated the secret of creation to Parvati here. Lord Shiva had been looking for a place where they wouldn’t be disturbed or overheard. He chose the Amarnath cave. When they started the journey he left Nandi (the bull he rides) behind at Pahalgam, which is also called Bail gaon. He liberated the moon from his hair (Jata) at Chandanwadi. He let the snakes off at the banks of Sheshnag. At Mahagunas Parvat (Mahaganesh hill) he chose to leave his son Ganesha. Shivji released the five elements, which make a living being behind at Panjtarni. Lord Shiva is believed to be the Lord of these elements.

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Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati did the Tandav to mark the sacrifice of the earthly world. Finally they came to the holy Amarnath cave. They were completely unaware that a pair of doves had overheard this conversation and since they discovered the secret of creation, they are reborn over and over again. The doves have made this cave their permanent dwelling. Several pilgrims have declared they have seen the pair of doves on their grueling trek up the path to the caves. If you visit Pahalgam, see if you can spot them!

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Pahalgam Tourism

Pahalgam is a hill station in the Anantnag district of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The word Pahalgam actually means the valley of shepherds. It is famous for its many shepherds. They are a common sight, driving their flocks of sheep along the paths all around town. Pahalgam is at a distance of approximately 95 kilometers from Srinagar. It is situated at a height of 2130 meters and the night time temperatures here are warmer than in Gulmarg (another hill station in Kashmir), which is situated much higher up. This place is ideal for those who like the mountains but not too much cold. The Pahalgam valley is situated at the convergence of the Sheshnag Lake and the Lidder River. The beautiful Lidder River which flows through the town is bounded by elevated fir covered mountains with snow capped peaks growing behind them. Pahalgam is in fact an assembly of eight villages.

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Part of the fun is in the journey up to Pahalgam. You can approach it by road. It takes about two and a half to four hours to cover the distance. If you take a bus or a taxi from Srinagar to Pahalgam, you will come across a number of Mughal gardens en route. You could stop over at Pampore. This is the center of Kashmir’s saffron Industry. You can see the saffron plants growing here. Saffron is highly cherished for its essence, aroma and coloring properties. Consequently it is rather expensive.

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Further up you will come across the ruins of two Hindu temples which were constructed in Avantipur between 855 and 883 AD. The first temple is the smaller of the two and it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The larger temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and one still finds some excellent sculptures and columns of Grecian appearance, called the Avantiswami temple. Going along the road you will come to Achabal, a Mughal garden. Shahjahan’s daughter Jahanara had commissioned the garden in the year 1620. Noor Jahan loved this well crafted and designed garden. Another garden up the road is at Kokarnag. This garden is a Paradise for rose lovers. Its enchanting beauty will captivate you to no end!

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Map Of Gulmarg

Below is the map of Gulmarg. Use the scroller to zoom as per your preference.
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Videos shot in Gulmarg

Snow Festival:

This short video is recorded from “India 60 Monutes” which is promoting the Gulmarg Snow Festival. They call it the “White Christmas” where they have snow rugby, skiing, skating, snowman competition, snow cycling, and some more!

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Skiing in Gulmarg:

Nice video showing some folks skiing in the snow, and some nice scenery of mountains covered with snow.

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Snow Boarding:

Snow boarding in Gulmarg – a very recent video (Jan/ Feb 2009). This is taken on a Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA8EX camera. Check it out!

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Another Ski Video:

This one is a bit old (Jan / Feb 2008), but has some good close-ups. Although the video may get a bit boring with some repetitive scenes in the end, I liked to listen to the background music :)

Wildlife at Gulmarg

One interesting place to visit would be the Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve. It is spread over an area of 180 square kilometers of land. The reserve is accredited for preserving several rare and endangered species like the Musk deer. It also has a wide choice of birds. The conifers prevail all over the forest. Some of the primary varieties are the Aesculus Indica, Pinus Griffithii, Cedrus Deodara and the Abies Pindrow. The foremost vegetation is of the Sorberia Tomentosa and Indigofera Heterantha. The land here is verdant with Dicotyledonous herbs such as the Rumex Patientia. Numerous species of the extraordinary, scarce and sheltered type are found at the Biosphere Reserve. The major species seen here are the Red Fox, Black Bear, Serow, the Leopard, Musk deer, Brown bear and the Hangul. One could spot several birds such as the Griffon Vulture, the Blue Rock Pigeon, the Kashmir Roller, the Jungle Crow, Koklas, the Show Cock, Monal and the European Hoopoe. Some of these birds are migratory while others are native to this reserve. The ideal time to visit the reserve to spot the animals would be from September to March. March to May would be the best time to visit if you wish to catch a glimpse of the birds.

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You could visit the Alpather Lake which remains frozen until June. It is situated at the foot of the Apharwat Mountain. It is 13 kilometers away from Gulmarg. Tangmarg, which is an army camp 5 kilometers outside Gulmarg from where the road begins its climb up to Gulmarg. Gulmarg is a base for excursions to other places such as Lienmarg. A meandering path via the pine forests will lead you to Lienmarg. This place is ideal for camping. You could visit the Ningli Nallah. The Ningli Nallah is formed from the waters of the Alphater Lake and the snow that melts on the Apharwat Mountains. The brook then proceeds down to the valley to converge with the Jhelum River close to Sopur. People pay a visit to this extended blooming valley for picnics. Here one will spot the Gujars taking their herds up to the higher grazing lands during the summers.

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Another popular place to go on a picnic is the Ferozepur Nallah. This place is particularly popular with anglers as it is a good spot for trout fishing. It is at a distance of approximately 5 kilometers from Gulmarg. The religious minded tourists could visit the Muslim shrine called the shrine of Baba Reshi on the slopes below Gulmarg. A Muslim saint died here in the year 1480 and his ziarat (tomb) is here. He is known to have been a courtier of a king called Zain-Ul-Aibidin before he decided to renounce with the worldly ways. Devotees of all religions visit this shrine.

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Winter sports at Gulmarg

For those who are interested in skiing, Gulmarg has the highest ski slopes. Skiing is normally offered from mid-December to mid-May but mid-January to mid-February is the best time to visit. A vast variety of challenging slopes are offered at Gulmarg. There are slopes for beginners and intermediate from Kongdoori (the mid station for the Gondola) or the advanced could go to the highest slopes in Apharwat. It is possible to catch sight of Mount K2 on a cloudless day. You could hire all the gear such as goggles, sticks and skis that you need for alpine and cross country skiing as well as for ice skating and snow boarding. Tobogganing is very popular here as it does not call for any skill. A wooden board is released from the top of a hill. Besides these, you could also hire snow scooters for riding. The temperature during the winter months could go as low as -11 degrees while the maximum temperature could be +3.

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Every year Gulmarg celebrates the annual snow festival that attracts hordes of tourists to this quaint and immaculate snow covered hill station. Quite a few events are held at the snow festival which include ice hockey, snow rugby and snow cycling. Several people come here for a tour and end up becoming winter sports addicts. Gulmarg is a classic beginner’s ski resort. The women need not wear heavy woolens, a regular pair of slacks or even a salwar kameez will do. You can get hold of an instructor who could teach you to ski. Yet another sport one could indulge in Gulmarg is golf. Standing at a height of 2650 meters it is the highest golf course in the world. This 18-hole golf course has been laid as per international standards to the proviso of Peter Thompson. The crisp weather makes the game all the more stimulating. The winter Games Federation of India has dubbed Gulmarg as the winter sports capital of India during its annual general meeting, which is an honor bestowed on Gulmarg.

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Heli-skiing is another sport offered over here. It involves descending from a helicopter onto the top of a high peak draped in snow and then skiing down the slopes. It is a riveting experience. Those who are interested in heli-skiing can come to Gulmarg. Apart from Canada, Asia’s heli-skiing resort is the best option for those who enjoy this sport.

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About Gulmarg and its ropeway

Gulmarg is a lush valley 56 kilometers away from Srinagar in the north western direction. It is one of the leading hill resorts in the country. It will take you about two hours to drive there by bus or car. It is one of the most exquisite resorts in the highlands. Surrounded by fir and pine covered slopes and shaped like a bowl, it is I kilometer wide and 3.5 kilometer long. The meadow presents a blend of exciting outdoor activities and a serenely natural setting. Gulmarg is in its element in all the seasons. The subtle pastel hues of spring soon transform into vibrant shades in summer. Wild flowers bloom everywhere in the valley in every natural color. This adorable valley is a paradise on earth. There is indication that Emperor Jahangir had garnered twenty one types of flowers right here. Some of the flowers that blossom in this meadow are daisies, blue bells, buttercups and forget-me-nots. Part of the allure comes from distinguishing the pear and mulberry trees, the rice fields and the walnut clusters.

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Two words clubbed together form the word Gulmarg. Gul means flower and marg means place. Gulmarg actually means the meadow of flowers. Gulmarg falls in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. Kings like Jahangir and Yousuf Shah Chak habitually visited this resort. Previously the place was named Gaurimarg after Lord Shiva’s wife. Yousuf Shah Chak altered the name to Gulmarg. Sir Marc Aurel Stein dwelled here in a tent between his expeditions in the early 20th century. The British who were stationed in India loved to spend their summers here.

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This town is huddled in the daunting Himalayan crests. During the winters there is heavy snowfall here. The climate and the slopes put together make it very favorable for skiing. Gulmarg is one of the most toured destinations in Kashmir. One of the highest and longest ski slopes of Asia is the Apharwat Hills (4200 meters) of the Pir Panjal Range. At the peak, this resort stands at a height of 3747 meters. One can reach here by an aerial gondola. In keeping with the slopes Gulmarg has the highest and longest cable car project. The ropeway transports roughly 600 people per hour back and forth the Kongdoori Mountain. The ropeway is set in two stages. The first stage transports you up to Kongdoori station in the bowl shaped Kongdoori valley from Gulmarg resort at 2600 meters. The second stage of the ropeway transports skiers further up the Kongdoori Mountain.

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