Come with us to Pahalgam

Sledging Aru Valley

Pahalgam promises to charm even the most laidback of travellers. This stunning valley, pecked with hues of green along the Lidder river, is decked up in a pristine ivory when winter hits. Flanked by the mighty Himalayas on either side, and carpeted with a stunning meadow, Pahalgam is one of the most ideal places to laze around and spend the day while in the valley.

The river is lined with scenic rocks and flows at a steady pace, ushering in peace and calm into the lush meadows. The mornings are perfect- the horizon fades into the distance, leaving only the crystal clear air and green hues to soothe and heal even the most tired of souls!

A Winter Week Kashmir Itinerary

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Pahalgam is just beautiful

Gulmarg to Pahalgam

As we went from Gulmarg to Pahalgam the whole sight changed. This is one big fact about Kashmir that its hues changes with every new place we visit!

It was surrounded by Alpine peaks, Lidder & Seshnag rivers, deep-cut mountain valleys covered with giant conifers, rich vegetation and dominant forest cover which was indeed spectacular. Numerous beauty spots, more than 20 lakes, umpteen guides and horsemen to mentor you… Pahalgam and the way to Pahalgam with saffron fields and apple garden are a feast for eyes.

Check Gorgeous Pictures of Snowy Heaven Gulmarg

Pahalgam doesn’t have an airport or a railway station. One has to take a taxi or a bus from Srinagar to Pahalgam which is around 90 km drive. The roads are well maintained and takes about 2.5 hours to reach there.

The rates vary according to seasons and the cheapest mode of travel can be the local buses from the bus stand. However, they are a little uncomfortable. So, it’s always better to have a taxi at tow.

Once you reach Pahalgam, there are guided ponies and horses to guide you through the captivating beauty of the Pahalgam.

Apples at Apple Valley

Apple season starts post winters

Where to Stay

We stayed at the hotel Heevan Pahalgam. It is perched along the Lidder river and has ideal spots to rejoice the hills adorned with the snow crown. The hotel is built so intricately with plenty of sunlight and fresh air in the rooms and lush green views (which were covered with white blanket when we went). But it’s still so scenic!

Heevan Pahalgam has all the basic amenities and add-on facilities to make your days in Pahalgam as dazzling as the white mountains.

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Heevans is a vintage property with centrally heated rooms

Pahalgam tourist places

That bridge and the view

Heevans

Making the most of our time in Pahalgam

Places to Visit in Pahalgam Kashmir

Avantipura Ruins

The avantipora ruins in Kashmir are an epitome of the rich culture and heritage India had. They speak of the glorious past but also tell a story of how they reached the dilapidated state.

A Sikh guide told us of how the kings stopped by the temples, which have now lost their sheen! Built centuries ago now this place has sculptures, Avantiswami temples, Shiva and Vishnu temples and tourists galore.

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Avantipora Temple in Pahalgam

Pahalgam in winter

Lost in the beautiful world of Avantipora Ruins

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Discovering Avantipora

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Beautiful Dargah near Avantipora Temple

Enroute stop at the Apple Valley and have lunch around the delightful apple gardens.

Pahalgam attractions

No apples in winters

Kahwah at Noor  Bhat Pampore

It was enroute Pahalgam that we encountered some of the best authentic kahwa there is! The Noor Mohammad Bhat in Pampore specialises in kahwa brewed fresh and served in traditional tea cups.

Ask any local and they’ll have no trouble redirecting you to this famous retailer, where you can find a steaming cup for every taste!

Kahwa Pahalgam

Kahwah – our favorite masala chai in Kashmir

Spend Time with the Locals

Once a hamlet predominantly populated by shepherds, raring precious wool-bearing sheep, Pahalgam’s popularity skyrocketed it to one of the most scenic and peaceful places in the valley.

The locals are eager to help tourists and are warm and welcoming- a rare delight for nay traveller! We suggest you spend more time chatting up the locals as you’re likely to soak in a lot of local tips and tricks to navigate the valley.

Fun in Pahalgam

Gel with local Kashmiri people who are so warm

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Beautiful people in Aru Valley Kashmir

The Valley Tours

Reserve a full day to explore all three valleys in one single tour. Yes, these tours are done in one go – you have to hire another local driver who charges 1600 INR. The driver will take you through the mysterious yet beautiful roads covered with white blanket of ice, surrounded by the tall trees and bushes.

You cannot take your own vehicle or taxi to these spots.

Aru Valley

Aru valley is a small yet enchanting hamlet in Kashmir that is surrounded by snow-clad mountains in winters. Base camp for several lakes, it had a view that I still cannot get over.

With snowflakes descending on the green lawns, meadows and peaks, Kolahoi glacier and Tarsar lake added on to its scenic beauty, Aru valley left us spell-bounded. It leaves one in awe and wonder making us think about the marvels of god.

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A random stop enroute Aru Valley Pahalgam

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It feels magical to be alone in the whole of Aru Valley

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Sledding is fun when no one’s around so make the most of it

Betaab Valley

Pahalgam Kashmir is a big draw for tourists because of innumerable beauty spots but the Betaab valley is worth the watch. It has breathtaking views with mountain ranges surrounded by tall deodar trees and pine forests with Lidder river flowing through it. Bird songs add to the beauty of this place.

This place also has a special connection with Bollywood, with a lot of movies being shot here, including the famous movie Betaab.

One can do horse riding here, rent Kashmiri dresses and get clicked amidst the splendor of this place.

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Betaab Valley Views

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Snow at Betaab Valley

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Swaying away with the drift in Betaab Valley

Chandanwari

This valley is popular for the Amarnath Yatra which commences from here. It is a great place for shopaholics and food lovers with exquisite crafts & sumptuous food available.

There is a famous Mamal Shiva temple situated nearby Chandawari which again is one of the lovely places to visit in Pahalgam Kashmir.

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Beautiful Chandanwari

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Winter glory enroute Chandanwari Kashmir

Golf Course Pahalgam

Located 2400 meters above sea level, Pahalgam’s golf course does more than serve as one of the most attractive courses to play in the country.

Lined with dense pine trees and snow clad mountains, the course is one that promises an invigorating game any day of the week! What’s more, the golf course has withstood some of the most fierce storms and lives to tell it’s tale.

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Dramatic landscapes and pure solitude – Ah! the golf course in Pahalgam

Not to Forget

· Early March to End June embarks the onset of summer season which makes Pahalgam a pleasant hamlet ideal for a visit. It is the best time to visit as Pahalgam actually witnesses a good footfall during this time.

· For sports enthusiasts July to September is the best time to enjoy the outdoor activities.

· October to February are the cold months with sparkling snow, white dunes all over. The cluster of trees are covered with the small white snowballs that fall from the heaven above. Pahalgam in winters is a glory.

·  The local lore can be amicable but sometimes deceptive too. They might offer you to take short treks and may promise to provide you with all the equipment, shoes and much more but don’t get duped they charge you highly for nothing worthy.

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18 Comments

  • Reply Amber Myers March 22, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    I would love to check out this area. It’s so lovely–I enjoyed looking through all these photos. The snow is so pretty here.

    • Reply Prerna Harsh April 5, 2018 at 9:04 am

      Pahalgam is incredibly breathtaking! 🙂

  • Reply Terri Beavers March 22, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    I want to see snow. My sister is in Washington with her daughters’ school group and it’s snowing like crazy there. I’m so jealous lol. I love all of your photos. It sure makes me want to visit every single place.

    • Reply Prerna Harsh April 5, 2018 at 9:15 am

      Hehe, I hope you get to experience snow really soon. Do visit Pahalgam when you make it to India sometime in the future. 🙂

  • Reply Joan Cajic March 22, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Looks like a peaceful place for a getaway, love the views and the vintage property.

    • Reply Prerna Harsh April 5, 2018 at 9:26 am

      It’s unbelievably amazing to experience all of that in person 🙂

  • Reply Jessica Taylor March 22, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    I have never heard of this place before, but I would love to visit! Everything is so beautiful there

  • Reply MaLee @ This Blue Dress March 22, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    I’ll be honest, I had no idea this place existed! Your pictures depict it so well it makes me want to plan a trip there this summer!

  • Reply Becca Talbot March 23, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Wow, this trip looks amazing!! I’ve not been to this city yet, but it’s absolutely on my list after reading this – it’s so scenic! So when I do get around to planning a trip here, I will consider the Heevan hotel for sure x

  • Reply Ada March 23, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    All of these photos are just stunning. Totally need to visit here at some point.

  • Reply Le March 23, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    This looks like a wonderful getaway! Pinned for later 🙂

  • Reply Sarah Bailey March 23, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Oh my goodness what an amazing sounding place go and explore in the winter. It looks liek a snow filled wonderland.

  • Reply TColeman March 24, 2018 at 12:46 am

    This looks like it would be an incredible place to stay! These pictures are so beautiful but in person would be quite the experience I am sure.

  • Reply Dana Peller March 24, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Good thinking on sharing where to stay. It’s not always easy to find the right location when traveling.

  • Reply anosa malanga March 24, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    such a beautiful place. i have never heard of Pahalgam,but i now feel like i need to visit. it seems like there’s so much to see and experience.

    • Reply Prerna Harsh April 5, 2018 at 9:03 am

      Absolutely, Anosa! There’s so much to see and do in this gorgeous part of the world. Hope you make it here super soon! 🙂

  • Reply Ophelia T March 27, 2018 at 3:39 am

    This is such a beautiful place. This is the first time I seen pictures of Pahalgam. I would love to visit.

  • Reply Hannah April 9, 2018 at 6:01 am

    Heevans looks gorgeous! I would absolutely love to go here one day. Looks like you enjoyed it. Beautiful pictures 🙂

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