Pahalgam - The Shepherds Valley
Pahalgam is a splendid hill station that is located in the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. This marvelous hill station is renowned for its never-ending beauty. It is truly a paradise for adventure lovers and is also famous for Amarnath yatra. Many Bollywood movies have been shot here. Pahalgam sometimes is labeled as a health resort as it calms the body's mind and soul of the visitors visiting this serene place.
Head towards the Bettab Valley that is just 15 km from Pahalgam. It is indeed a trekker’s paradise and serves as a base camp for numerous high-altitude trails. It is loved for its rich green meadows, snow-capped mountain peaks, and several pristine streams. There are some other mind-blowing places- Chandanwari- known for snow sledding, Aru Valley- truly a paradise for nature lovers, Mamleshwar temple, Tulian lake, Baisaran and some other exotic places too.
Like other places, Pahalgam also is witnessed with several festivals that are celebrated with great pomp and show. One of the most famous festivals is the snow festival that is celebrated in January every year. To witness this fantastic and interesting festival plan your trip in January. Numerous sports activities are organized by the state government in this festival. One can take part in horse riding, skiing and sledge racing as these are part of this superb festival. Another special event in Pahalgam is the pilgrimage to the sacred Amarnath shrine devoted to lord shiva.
It is organized in July and August months. Thousands of pilgrims pay their homage to shiva linga made of ice inside the Amarnath cave. The other known festival is the Pahalgam winter festival that is one of the amazing festivals in this hill station. The locals on this occasion set up stalls of crafts and tea and perform local art forms like Bhand Pather. It is held in February month. A lot of visitors visit to become a part of this festival. There are some other festivals too that are celebrated with great enthusiasm.
Try some delicacies of Pahalgam that will surely urge you to ask for it again and again. Matshgand, Kaanti, Modu Pulaav, Muj Gaad, Marcha-Wangan Korma, Trout Beat are some lip-smacking dishes to have in this splendid Pahalgam. Trip to this fabulous place for some unique experiences and witness the exotic places and culture and tradition of this spectacular destination.