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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular places for sightseeing in Pahalgam?

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Answer: The beautiful valley, the surreally fresh air and the warm, friendly people. You'll get all this and more with your trip to Pahalgam. This hilly destination has immense beauty that can and needs to be explored if you're in or even around Pahalgam, for you really don't want to miss out on this experience of a lifetime. Make sure you keep ample time in your itinerary for the following sightseeing spots in Pahalgam:


  • Betaab Valley

    If you're a Bollywood fan, or even know a little about the films in India, you're sure to recognise this valley, which features in several Hindi movies. In fact, the history of this valley is woven around the filming of the popular Hindi movie, Betaab. It was originally known as HajanValley and only 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, which the locals themselves drink water from.

You would need to trek about 7 km from Pahalgam, or alternatively, hire a pony to reach this famous tourist spot. You could even hire taxis in Pahalgam till Betaab Valley. Travellers prefer to go here during the day to capture its scenic beauty at its very best.


  • Aru Valley

    Ever wanted to walk right into a postcard? Once you reach the charming Aru Valley, that's what you're going to feel like. Picture perfect, green 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 keep ample time in your itinerary for this one.


  • Baisaran Valley

    A quiet, peaceful meadow, just 5 km from Pahalgam, Baisaran is popular among travellers to spend a laid-back, lazy day, soaking in the sun and the clean, fresh air of the lofty hills. This is also a popular camping site, for which you can hire camping gear from Pahalgam and set it up here. Just 5 km away from Pahalgam, this one will make you want to carry picnic hampers to complete the pretty picture.

  • Mamaleshwar Temple

    Situated on a hillock, this temple is believed to have been built in the 5th Century and one of the oldest in Kashmir. A little over 1 km away from Pahalgam, it is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was once adorned in gold at the peak of its popularity. The legend surrounding this temple suggests that Lord Ganesha was placed as a doorkeeper at the site of this temple and hence it gets its name "mam mal", which translates to "don't go". A priest conducts regular rituals and pujas here, which can be quite an interesting insight into the local culture of this area.


Dying to get to Pahalgam right away, aren't you? Don't forget to pack your camera in a hurry!

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