Tourist Places in South Kashmir

Tourists Places of South Kashmir which can be visited making Pahalgam as Base

Pahalgam can be made as ideal base to visit other important tourist places in south Kashmir which can be visited taking a Taxi for a day or even two rights from Pahalgam.

Pahalgam >Mattan>Martand Temple>Achabal>Kokernag>Verinag and even Daksum >Simtahn Pass> Aishmuqam

Aishmuqam Dargah

Aishmuqam DargahShrine of a Sufi saint Baba Zaina-ud-din Wali on a hillock at Ashmuqam is 86 km from Srinagar on route Pahalgam. Commonly known as “Zaino Shah Sahib”, the Sufi was a follower of Alamdar e Kashmir “Shiekh Noor ud Din”. The main sanctorum is situated inside a deep and narrow cave, several relics associated to Bab are kept in a room inside the cave. One of the relics is “The Rod of Staff” of Prophet Moses PBUH, which is believed to have been gifted by Shah Hamdan to Shiekh Noor-Ud-Din Noorani who further handed over the relic to his disciple. In about 15th century, Baba Zaina-ud-Din Wali belonged to Hindu family fron Kishtawar(Doda),His name was Zia Singh.He suffered from a desease that could not be cured by any doctor of the time. When he approached the famous saint Shaikh Noor-ud-Din Noorani, his desease cured . There after Zia Singh became Shiekhs disciple and he accepted Islam. One week long Zool festival is celebrated in the month of April in respect of the Shiekh Zaina-ud-din Wali in a peculiar way of holding torchlights “leshi” in a procession, which start in the shrine are displayed to the public for seeking blessings.

Mattan

Is famous for sun temple at a distance of 32 Kms form Pahalgam, the Mattan water gushes out underneath the Mattan Temple and goes in to the two springs which have fish which is treated as Holy Fish by Hindus hence not eaten. Opposite it the Mattan springs is the Shai Hamdhan Park with huge Chinar trees (sort of Maple trees) and other spring built by Mogul Emperor adding to the beauty of this is of Mattan

Martand - Sun Temple

Mattan Sun TempleJust 3 Kms from Mattan, uphill on way to Achabal gardens is the famous Martand sun temple (approximately 64 km from Srinagar) ,that belongs to the era of Pandvas . These are the most impressive ancient ruins of Sun temple built by King Lalitaditya Mukhtapida 699-739 AD situated a top a plateau. According to a legend, Surya, the sun god was the l3th child born from a lifeless egg called Martand to Aditi wife of saint Kashyap. The foundation of the temple is said to have been between 370-500AD, whereas some record the construction of temple by Ranaditya.

Achabal

From Martand Temple just another 10kmr road through apple orchards and awesome scenery en route, take us to Achabal Garden with the famous spring located on a hillside in the town of Achabal town, about 69 kilometres southeast of Srinagar. A summer retreat for the Mughals, the garden is the work of Nur Jahan, wife of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. Built c. 1620, and later remodelled, between 1634-1640 by Shah Jahan's daughter Jahanara Achabal ("the places of the princes") is also called "Begamabad"
The spring gushes out of the earth, as if it is issued from the bottom of some well with tremendous force. The water is so abundant that it ought rather to be called a river than a fountain. It is excellent water, and as cold as ice. The garden is very handsome, laid out in regular walks, and full of fruit trees apple, pear, plum, apricot, and cherry. There are trout fish ponds nearby taken care of by Fisheries Department of J&K Government. There is a lofty cascade which in its fall takes the form and colour of a large sheet. The garden is segmented into three terraces, with a central water stream along the north-south axis that features three fountain basins. There are two walkways on either side of the axial water stream. Smaller side water channels to the east and west parallel the principal axial stream, and receive water from a stream running east-west on the third terrace.

Kokernag

From Achabal the road winds up and slowly takes to higher altitude to famous Kokernag spring. This is at a distance of 21 km form Achabal. The Kokernag is spring is actually 5 small springs water coming underneath the hill like form 5 toes of a Chicken (hence Kokernag)The water is highly medicinal and has digestive properties .There are lawns bedecked with flowers and also wild flowers growing in the periphery of the spring area. Government Huts and eateries can be availed and even for styling overnight if one wishes so .Some private accommodation has also come up and can be checked using the local tourist office .

Daksum

From Kokernag one can continue ahead and reach the higher spectacular scenic spot called Daksum. It is surrounded by dense forests and nearby streams flowing down form snow clad mountains .It is min Valley inhabited by villagers and nomads and one can enjoy the flavor of corn being grown in nearby fields .There are also Nomad huts which are mud huts called Kothas. Daksum is the spot where form one can go to Simtahn Pass ahead and croos to Kistwar valley for a longer Journey

Verinag

Verinag

From Kokernag coming back some 15 kms and going in opposite direction will take us to famous Verinag Spring. This is hexagonal and the construction by Mughal king is awesome. Verinag is source of river which is joined by Lidder river near Anantnag (Khanbal) and then called river Jhelum which goes all the way to north Kashmir through Srinagar and eventually to other side of Kashmir which is under administration of Pakistan (called Azad Kashmir)

From Verinag the return journey to Pahalgam will be approximately 2 hrs or one can stay even at the accommodation of Tourism Department at Verinag or in nearby private huts and some hotels .

From Verinag also connects with Srinagar Jammu NHW at near the Tunnel which connects Jammu with Kashmir Valley.

Thus Pahalgam is the ideal place with Ideal altitude, where form not only all the major trekking routes start but offer s many local day trips as well as longer one day local and longer trips like those in south Kashmir can be undertaken easily, without having to go back all the way to Srinagar particularly for trips to famous tourist spots in south Kashmir.

Avantipur Temples

Oil the to Pahalgam,30 km Srinagar, exist the massive and most impressive ruins of stone temples built during the rein of King Awantiwarman (855-883 AD). Awantipur once the capital of Kashmir is on the right bank of river Jehlum. A short stopover enroute Pahalgam will certainly be liked by the visitors interested in the history of the vale.

Trips from Alpine Inn

PAHALGAM TO PANIKHAR
It is an arduous trek and for first 2 days the route followed is that of the Amarnath trek. After that, on the 3rd day one has to cross the Gulol Gali pass and climbs to Lonvilad Gali. Then there is a steep ascent from the Chalong Glacier to Panikhar and finally it leads to the Suru Valley which opens up into Zanskar.

  • Day 1 & 2 As Amarnath cave trek 
  • Day 3 Sheshnag to Rangmarg 8 km
  • Day 4 Rangmarg to Hampet 6 km
  • Day 5 & 6 Hampet to Lorwilad Gali 22 km
  • Day 7 Lorwilad Gali to Chalong Glacier 14 km
  • Day 8 Chalong Glacier to Panikhar 15 km

We have more cottages/Camping site on Aru road by name of Pine valley Camping & Cottages. They are located on Aru road with most unique location where guests desirous of longer stay can stay or enjoy just one day trip as the location is having overlooking breath taking views of Phalagam Valley, Tulin Lake, snow peaks and forest line with Aru River flow. We provide ample guidance for short and long tours including treks to major trekking places around Phalagm like Kholie Glacier, Tarsar, Marsar Lake & famous Amernath trek.

List of activities:

  • Trekking / Hiking / Mountaineering
  • Rafting / Canoeing / Kayaking
  • Camping
  • Horseback riding
  • Fishing
  • Skiing / Snowboarding

Descriptions of places and sites:

Six Day Tour:

  • Day 1 Pahalgam to Aru 12 km
  • Day 2 Aru to Lidderwat 12 km
  • Day 3 Lidderwat/Kolahoi GlacierLidderwat 13 km
  • Day 4 Lidderwat to Pahalgam 24 km
  • Day 5 Sekiwas to Khemsar 10 km
  • Day 6 Khemsar to Kulan 10 km

PAHALGAM TO PANIKAR
This is a difficult and arduous trek. For the first 2 days the route followed is that of the Amarnath trek. After that, on the 3rd day one has to cross the Gulol Gali pass and climbs to Lonvilad Gali. Then there is a steep ascent from the Chalong Glacier to Pamikar. Finally it leads to the Sun Valley which opens up into Zanskar.

  • Day 1 & 2 As Amarnath cave trek -
  • Day 3 Sheshnag to Rangmarg 8 km
  • Day 4 Rangmarg to Hampet 6 km
  • Day 5 & 6 Hampet to Lorwilad Gali 22 km
  • Day 7 Lorwilad Gali to Chalong Glacier 14 km

Pahalgam - The Valley of Shepherds

Bakirwal PahalgamLocation: Anantnag - Kashmir Valley

Altitude : 2130 mts

Population: 5922 (2001)

Area: 2,740 m (8,990 ft)

Side Valleys: Aru Valley, Chandanwari, Bisaran, Beetab Valley, Hajan, Mamal

Major Tourist Activity : Trout Fishing, White Water Rafting, Golf, Horse Riding, Camping, Trekking, Mountaineering

Best time to visit : March to November

Arguably one of the most beautiful places on earth, the town of Pahalgam (Village of Shepherds) offers breathtaking views. One can just relax in one of the many hotels in Pahalgam, or trek on some of the many mountains. One can trek to Lidderwat, Kolohoi Glacier or to Sonmarg. Snow skiing is an attraction during the winter months (from December to late February).

Shepherd’s village”, Pahalgam is visited by tourists and locals in huge number for its gradual lowering of temperature and river Lidder flowing at an approachable distance. Traveling through meandering roads, Pahalgam opens up with a fresh coo1 breeze of the river. The Lidder river rises from the Kolohoi glaciers, Tarsar lake and Sheeshnag to join as tributary of Jhelum. Pahalgam has an astounding 9 hole golf course open for tourists now being extended into an 18 hole. The golf championships are organised by state government and private hoteliers in summer. Here, tourists and locals putt together in the shades of Pine trees surrounding the golf course

Pahalgam, a world famous hill station is 45 Kms. from the District Head Quarter at Anantnag and located on the banks of river Lidder at an altitude of 7200 ft. from sea level. Pahalgam is one among the five tehsils of Anantnag district and tehsil head quarters are located in the main town of Pahalgam. Once a great tourist puller and favourite place for shooting of Bollywood films is perhaps the best health resort in the country. Pahalgam also serves as base camp for the famous Amarnath Ji Yatra. The Pahalgam Valley presents glamorous look due to its pine forests, snow clad mountains, healthy climate and vast meadows and pastures. Pahalgam skirts Lidder river and torrential flow of water in Lidder river enriches the awesome beauty of the Valley.

Geography

Pahalgam is located at 34.01°N 75.19°E. It has an average elevation of 2740 metres (8989 feet)

Tourist Attractions:

 

Baisaran PahalgamBaisaran

3 km from pahalgam is an exciting place where a stream flows through the meadows and pine trees.Visitors can enjoy a horse ride available at the market place near the bus stand.

Amarnath Yatra

Pahalgam(Nunwan) is a base camp for the annual Amarnath Yatra. Which starts from June to August every year. Enrote to Anarnath Cave is Chandanwari (2,895 m), 16 kms from Pahalgam, is the starting point of the. The road from Pahalgam to Chandanwari is on fairly flat terrain and can be undertaken by car. From Chandanwari onwards the track becomes much steeper, and is accessible on foot or by pony. About 11 kms from Chandanwari is the mountain lake of Sheshnag (3,574 m), after which, 13 kms away is the last stop, Panchtarni. The Amarnath cave is 6 kms away from there. During the month of Sawan, an ice stalagmite forms a natural shivling in the Amarnath cave, which waxes and wanes with the moon.

The Holy Cave of Amarnathji is 46.7 km from Pahalgam at a altitude of 3952 meters, believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva. The ice lingam formed by water droplets, symbolises Lord Shiva. Nearby are ice lingams of Mata Parvati, Lord Ganesha, and Lord Kartikeya also. People visit the Holy Cave during the scheduled Yatra period.Yatris can hire a pony or Dandy from (Nunwan) Pohalgam. According to Bringesha Samhita ,a book in sanskrit , Rishi Bringesha once instructed his disciples to have darshan of sacred lingam at the holy cave , The pilgrims were harassed by demons on the way, Lord Shiva gifted rishis a scepter for their safeguard. Charri Mubarak today is a symbol of this protected caravan.

This Hindu pilgrimage is believed to be the discovery of a Muslim shepherd named Butta Malik who’s descendants still receive a percentage of the donations made by pilgrims. The State government organizes Yatra generally during June to August depending upon the Hindu calendar (Sawan Purnima). The yatra registration is must for all yatries, which is made available at J&K bank branches at selected cities of India. All stopovers have facilities from tents to medical camps and langars. The trek is covered in 2 to 3 days.

Shikargha

Pahalgam's famous picnic spot is a wild life reserve, reached on foot or by pony from main market.

Betaab Valley

At a walkable distance is a tourist spot amidst pine trees in pahalgam is famous for many film shootings.

Tulian Lake

Most captivating lake at an altitude of 4000m, surrounded by the snow capped mountains. It is a full day long trek from Pahalgam. Assistance of a local guide is highly recommended for conducting trekking to this high altitude lake.

Mamal Temple

Mamalika one of the ancient temple in Pahalgam built in 11th century by King Jayasimha, is situated on the right bank of the Lidder. The temple has a pedestal and a Shivalinga. A pure water spring rises at the site covered by a basin.

Aru

is a resort village 11km from Pahalgam with a motorable road. From here, famous trek via Lidderwat leads to the Kolohoi Glaciers (36km) at an altitude of 3400mtrs. Here, you can have a glimpse of Kolohoi Peak, 5370 mtrs. Another trek from Lidderwat leads to the most desired twin Lakes, Tarsar 3794mtrs & Marsar 3788 mtrs (2-3 days trek).

 

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