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Astounding for the mesmerizing natural beauty, Pahalgam valley is located at the confluence of Lidder River and the streams originating from serene Sheshnag Lake. The valley is located 96 km from Anantnag district. At an altitude of 2,130 m above sea level, this lush green valley is most sought by travelers seeking relaxation and leisure.
The valley offers breathtaking panoramic views of the beautiful Himalayan Ranges. Pahalgam is the base camp for the renowned pilgrimage to Amarnath and also a famous shopping place for woolen products. It forms a part of the region in Asia where Saffron is growing.
Pahalgam valley is perfectly suitable for adventurous activities like golf, horse riding, trekking and many water sports.
Aru Valley is a small yet self-sufficient scenic village located 12 km from Pahalgam. The drive up to the village is alluring too. The location of the village among the grasslands, make this place a tourist delight. It is reachable by walking along a mountain path. The village also serves as the start point for trekking to Kolahoi glacier. Another long trek for the serious trekker is to Sonmarg, which can be covered in 3 days! Besides, the valley is also known to be a good site for camping. Instead of taking the regular pony ride it is recommended that tourists explore the surrounding valley on foot to get a full sense of its beauty.
Situated 16-km from Pahalgam, Chandanwari is the starting point of the Amarnath Yatra, which takes place every year in the month of Sawan (Rain). It is famous for snow sledging on a snow bridge. The trip on a semi-road that has the Lidder river meandering on the one side, and lofty, snow-capped mountains on the other.
At Chandanwari, the Sheeshnag river is captivating with its sheer force and clear waters. You can get an opportunity to do sledge riding and get up to some heights, upto the fifth point which is also a route that yatris take to reach the Amarnath Cave. "Snow fights" is what people generally indulge in here before they sledge back down.
Hajan, on the way to Chandanwari is an idyllic spot for a picnic. Filmgoers will recognize it instantly as it has been the location of several movie scenes.
The Lidder Valleyis a Himalayan sub-valley that forms the northeastern corner of the Vale of Kashmir. The Lidder River flows down the valley. The entrance to the valley lies seven km northeast from Anantnag town and 62 km southeast from Srinagar. It is a 40-km-long gorge valley with an average width of 3 km. The Lidder Valley has many glacier-fed streams,The Himalayan Brown Bear, musk deer, snow leopard and hangul have also been spotted in the Aru and Lidder valley areas, which are close to Dachigam National Park.
Mattan, situated a few kilometres away from Anantnag, is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Lying on the Pahalgam road this centre attracts hordes of devotees from all across the country. It is one of those religious places in India where the priests and pundits used to gather for worshiping the Sun god.
The temple is famous for its beautiful Shiva Lingam, which is preserved within a beautiful brick structure surrounded by crystal clear water on all sides. Presently, the temple complex is one of the much-guarded areas of Jammu & Kashmir and is thus controlled by paramilitary forces. A special permission is required to enter this temple.
Sheshnag Lake is an alpine high altitude oligotrophic lake situated at the track leading to Amarnath cave 23 kilometers from Pahalgam at an elevation of 3590 meters. It has a maximum length of 1.1 kilometers and maximum width of 0.7 kilometers.
According to the Hindu Mythology Sheshnag means the king of snakes and the lake was dug by Sheshnag himself. It is believed by the Hindus that Sheshnag stays in this Lake even today.
It freezes during winter, and is inaccessible during this season due to heavy snowfall. It is surrounded by green lush meadows and mountains covered by snow.
Tulian Lake is situated at a height of approximately 4000 m above sea level, at a distance of about 15 km from Pahalgam near Aru. Also known as Tarsir Lake, this place can be reached after a two-day trek from Aru. Apart from this, hired pony rides are also convenient means for reaching the Lake. A prominent feature of the lake is that it remains frozen almost throughout the year.