Package Name: Pahalgam, the Valley of Shepherds
Pahalgam is a picturesque valley situated on the confluence of Lidder River and the stream originating from Lake Sheshnag, in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. This is a land of beauty and grace. Pahalgam offers spectacular view of the Himalayan Range and is home to alpine mountains, majestic valleys, green meadows and high altitude lakes. Further, Chandanwari in Pahalgam is the gateway to the sacred passage of the Amarnath Caves, the abode of Lord Shiva. It is the base of the Amarnath Yatra. The Amarnath Temple is one of the holiest shrine of Hinduism and devotees visit here from all over the world.
Besides delving into nature’s glory one can be adventurous and take up trekking, camping and hiking. Pahalgam also offers fair opportunity for trout fishing and water rafting. Among the many destinations to visit in Pahalgam are Sheshnag Lake, Chandanwari, Betaab Valley, and Aru Valley.
Sheshnag Lake is one of the most beautiful sights of Jammu and Kashmir. It is situated at a height of 3,590 meters above sea level and is surrounded by snow capped green meadows. The lake is green in colour due to the surrounding green meadows. The water of the lake is pure and fit for drinking. Sheshnag Lake is mainly fed by the streams and snow capped mountains above it and it usually freezes in winter. Sheshnag Lake is believed to be the home of Sheshnag, the Lord of snakes. It is popularly believed that Sheshnag has himself dug this lake. Futher, it is situated on the way to the Amarnath Pilgrimage and considered a sacred spot. It is a beautiful 7 miles/12 km trek from Chandanwari Valley to Sheshnag Lake and is a must-do activity for anyone exploring Pahalgam.
Chandanwari Valley is about 16 km from Pahalgam and is at an altitude of 2,895 meters above sea level.It is most popularly recognized as the starting point of the Amarnath Temple Yatra which occurs every year during the months of July – August. The beautiful valley is famed for its snow bridge and excellent hiking destination
Betaab Valley earlier known as Hagan Valley or Hagoon, got its name after the movie “Betaab” which was shot here in this valley in 1983. It is surrounded by mountains full of deodar and pine forests with colourful beds of flowers, and willow and walnut trees. The experience is even more heightened by the musical whispers of several birds. It is at a walkable distance from the main center of Pahalgam and is great for trekking and camping.
12 km from Pahalgam is Aru Valley, the smallest hill station of Kashmir but breathtakingly beautiful. It overlooks the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas and boasts of clear blue skies, pines, conifers and rolling meadows. It is popular for trekking, hiking and horse riding. It is the starting point of trekking expeditions to Kolahoi Glacier and Sonmarg. Apart from the trekkers, the village also caters to the skiing during winters.