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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