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iXiGOers Apr 18 2013

Suggest a 3 day tour itinerary for Pahalgam.

Reema Bhalla Apr 18 2013
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Unexplored beauty, uncharted trekking trails and serenity welcome you to this beautiful hill station. If a long holiday to Pahalgam is on your mind, you will not be disappointed. Besides setting out on nature walks, visiting the local market and exploring local restaurants, there is much you can do. For the more adventurous, there are some one day treks in and around Pahalgam, besides afternoon picnics and fishing. Here is a short itinerary if you are in Pahalgam for three days.

Day 1

Mornings in Pahalgam are marked by the soft chattering of birds, the brightly shining sun and the multitude of colours painting the sky. Throw in a cup of hot tea and a delicious breakfast and you are all set to discover this hilly paradise. Breakfast at your hotel would be the best option so that you have more time for sightseeing.

Since most sightseeing spots are a little away from Pahalgam, it would be better to first explore the ones in town. Begin your journey from Mamaleshwar temple, only a km away from Pahalgam. Enveloped in peace and serenity, time will simply fly here.

Your next step could be Baisaran Valley. A quiet, peaceful meadow, just 5 km from Pahalgam. Popular among travellers to spend a laid-back, lazy day, soaking in the sun and the clean, fresh air of the lofty hills. If you plan to spend a few hours here, it would be best to pack a small picnic basket for a leisurely afternoon.

On the way back from Baisaran, you could stop at the market for a little while. Shopaholics may want to spend some more time here since there are innumerable handicraft shops selling wooden items, embroidered carpets and woollen shawls. After a long and fulfilling day of sightseeing and shopping, you can either settle in for a hearty meal at one the many restaurants or head back to the hotel for a hot meal.

Day 2

After a fulfilling first day of exploring this enchanting town, there is lots you can do on your second day as well. If you want to simply laze about, you can go for walks and marvel at the wonders of nature or spend some time exploring this small town itself. For the more enthusiastic, there are a few treks you could set on or maybe go fishing and golfing.

If you’d like to set out on another sightseeing spree, you could head to the famous Betaab Valley

Betaab valley has been featured in various Hindi movies, the most popular being, Betaab. Originally known as Hajan Valley, it took on the name Betaab, synonymous with the success of the film which was shot here. A lush, green meadow on the way to Chandanwari, the valley also boasts of a clear water stream, where you can settle down for a lovely picnic.

After the lovely Betaab valley, you could stop for a quick bite and then head to your next destination. The beautiful Aru Valley is nothing less than a postcard. Picture perfect, and away from the usual urban noise and crowds, this is quite a piece of paradise. Retreat back into a simpler world, with lambs and sheep and a rustic lifestyle to keep you company.

This valley is at a 12 km trek distance or taxi ride away from Pahalgam. It would usually take you 10 hrs to go to and come back from Aru if you’re trekking, so make sure you set out early if this is your plan for the day.

You could alternatively set out on smaller treks or go either fishing or golfing or white river water rafting depending on your mood.

A river, surrounded by beautiful mountains and fresh, clean air. Does it make you want to lazily lounge about and indulge in some laid back fishing? You are in luck Lidder River offers great opportunities to angle and fish for brown river trout. Home to plenty of fish, even an amateur fisherman would be able to get a good catch in the swirling waters of this scenic river. A good fishing season however is usually between April and September.
A permit is compulsory for fishing in Pahalgam, which can be taken from the Tourist Reception Centre at Srinagar on your way into Kashmir. These permits are given for a maximum period of three days at a time on a first-come-first-serve basis. The permit includes a daily rent for fishing rods, etc. It also mandatory to be accompanied by a guide on these fishing trips and you can only catch a maximum of 6 fish per day.

If on the other hand, golfing is on your mind, you could tee off in Pahalgam’s beautifully maintained 9 Hole Golf Course, which will soon be extended to an 18-hole one. Shaded by tall pine trees and the misty air of the region to keep you company, you can ‘putt’ together with locals here and experience a true, Kashmiri bond. Several hotels and even the state government organise golfing championships every summer here to encourage the sport as well as the tourism industry of the town. You can buy light refreshments, hire a caddy, golf clubs and other golfing equipments near the gate of the golf course, so don’t worry about carrying these things with you. There is an entry fee for tourists, apart from the rental charges for golfing equipment.

Besides golfing and fishing, if you really want some adrenalin pumping activities, the Lidder River is your saviour once again. Offering a great opportunity for some exciting river rafting, which is carried out during the months of March to September. Each rafting trip is about 3 km long and takes anywhere between 30 to 45 minutes to complete. The rafting boat can take upto six passengers, and these trips can be booked in advance with rafting operators in Pahalgam. If you’re worried about skill and training, you need not. There are trainers who are well versed with the waters of the river and will give all the required training for a safe, yet exhilarating adventure. Be sure to compare rates with at least two tour operators to get a good deal!

After such an exciting day, all you’ll need now is some delicious food and to hit the bed and wait for another exciting day in Pahalgam.

Day 3

On your third in Pahalgam, you can maybe set out to explore nearby places. An early breakfast at your hotel would be a good option if you plan to go to nearby places like Gulmarg or Sonamarg.

Located at a distance of 146 km, Gulmarg is very well connect to Pahalgam. A three to four hour journey by road, Gulmarg is certainly well worth the effort. Depending on the time of visit, you can either enjoy a fun filled afternoon skiing or a thrilling cable car ride at one of the highest and longest cable car projects in the Asian subcontinent. For the laidback, you can simply explore the beautiful town. Marked by a mesmerising landscape, the snow capped mountains, deep valleys and refreshing greenery, the postcard town will take your breath away.

Head out to local sightseeing spots including Kongdori or Gulmarg Biosphere and witness the stunning beauty of this charming hill station. Lunch and evening tea at one of the roadside dhabas completes your holiday experience. A taste of delicious local delicacies and a hot cup of the famous Kahwa and you are all set to take back heartwarming memories. Know more about the best time to visit, places to visit and more at our Gulmarg Travel Guide page.

If on the other hand, you’d like to explore Sonamarg, it will take you close to an hour and a half. The mesmerising snow capped mountains, lush greenery and the Sindh river meandering through the valley is absolutely breathtaking to say the least. There are innumerable sightseeing spots to explore around Sonamarg, including Gadsar Lake and Thajwas Glacier. After a packed sightseeing spree, you can settle in for a lovely lunch at any of the eating joints in this small town.

As you make your way back to Pahalgam, soak in the beauty of nature around you as you traverse narrow winding roads and the greenery swiftly passing by. On reaching Pahalagam, you can head to the hotel for the night after, ofcourse, a hearty dinner. Travellers can also choose from Pahalgam tour packages and do not have to worry about booking hotels and can enjoy their trip hassle-free.

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