Lidder River Overview

Passing through the majestic echoing valleys of Pahalgam is the Lidder River, known for its pleasantness and charmness. Originating in the Kalohi Glacier, this river flows to a distance as long as 75 kms. The Lidder has a grandeur of its own, and has captivated the minds of explorers for hundreds of years. It passes through the picturesque setting of the Pir Panjal Mountain Range, with lush green valleys and scores of pine trees all around. Nothing is more beautiful than time spent exploring this river in its natural setting. 

Apart from its natural beauty, the Lidder River is of significant economic importance. Numerous fish species dwell in its waters, and as such a lot of fishing activities take place. The site is an important tourist attraction, with tourists enjoying a number of activities like fishing, boating, rafting, horse riding or simply picnicking on its banks.


• Explore the serene and crystal clear waters of the Lidder River, and enjoy the blissful ambience that envelopes it. 
• Enjoy the stunning Pahalgam scenery, with lush green meadows of pine trees and numerous rivers and lakes. 
• Embark on a trekking expedition along the multiple trails situated on the banks of the Lidder River. 
• Enchant yourself while going on picnics in the parks of Pahalgam.
• Soak in the warmth that comes with the campfire amidst the dark Kashmiri nights. 

How To Reach

1. By Car: You might drive, or take a taxi from Srinagar which would at maximum cost Rs. 3000. You might also step in any of the shared vehicles 

2. By Bus: You may reach Pahalgam by booking private or public intercity buses. 

3. By Train/ metro: The nearest railway station is at Jammu, from where one can take a taxi or car to reach Pahalgam. 

4. By Air: The nearest airport is at Srinagar (90km), from where one can take a taxi or car to reach Pahalgam. 

Best Time To Visit

The Lidder River is open for tourism throughout the year and can be visited anytime. 

1. Best Season: The best time to visit Pahalgam and explore the Lidder River is during the spring and early summer months. 

2. Best Day in the Week: You can visit this attraction anytime during the week, however, weekends will see a bit of a crowd. 

3. Best Time of the Day: Early mornings can be the best time to explore and enjoy the various activities at Lidder River. 

Other Essential Information

  • Make sure to hydrate yourself with plenty of water and refreshments before and while trekking along the banks of Lidder River. 
  • During rafting, ensure that you are adequately equipped with safety equipment. 
  • Remember to carry your photography equipment in order to click memorable and stunning pictures amidst the green valleys of Kashmir. 
  • Visiting Pahalgam in winters, although a bit risky, can be a rewarding experience. 
  • Pahalgam also has horse riding opportunities, make sure to indulge in that too. 
  • In winter, you’ll need to pack heavy woollen and warm clothing as per the weather and climate of the region. 
  • In other months, a thin sweater or a jacket will also suffice. 
  • Make sure to wear good quality and waterproof shoes on your visit to Lidder River. 
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Point of Interest for Lidder River
Trekking and Camping

Trekking and Camping

Embark on an adventurous trekking expedition along the trails of the Lidder River in Pahalgam. Suited for both beginners and experts alike, trekking here would mean passing by the serene and lush green meadows of Pahalgam, with its unending beauty. You can choose from a long list of trails, especially those of Baisaran Trek and Tulian Lake Trek. 

Camping is another sought-after activity near the Lidder River, and mostly done after trekking. Camping in Pahalgam valleys offers paradise-like serenity, with lakeside tranquillity and mesmerising campfires under Kashmir's clear night skies.

Water Activities

Water Activities

The Lidder River is a hub for some of the most adventurous and action-packed water activities. Whitewater Rafting is the most revered and sought-after activity in this region, and provides an enchanting experience.

Navigating the strong water currents of the river, along with your friends and family is simply mind-blowing and will forever be etched in your memory. You may also indulge in a quick session of fishing, as the river is home to a number of interesting fish species. 

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