Things to Do in Pahalgam

Pahalgam is an ode to nature with its picturesque beauty and mesmerizing landscapes. There are a plethora of things to do in Pahalgam, making it a great getaway. Filled with lush meadows, pine and cedar forests, Pahalgam is a paradise for nature lovers. You can go hiking or read a book in the meadow or spend some leisure time in the valley.

Some of the most popular attractions of Pahalgam include Betaab Valley, Aru Valley, Kolahoi Glacier, Tarsar Lake, Lolab valley and many more. If you are wondering how to spend your time here then we are here to guide you with some of the most thrilling activities to do in Pahalgam that include river rafting, golfing, sledding, camping and many more.

If you are a history and architecture lover then you must definitely visit Arvanti temple which displays the architectural brilliance of the bygone era. You can also go on a shopping spree as Kashmir is famous for some of the most premium products in the market like Pashmina shawls and stoles, carpets, paper mache products and traditional ornaments. Pahalgam offers a myriad of fascinating places and things to do for both adventure and nature lovers so it is a must-visit for sure!

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Baisaran Valley

Baisaran Valley, a paradise to visit on your Kashmir tour, can captivate all tourists with its breathtaking beauty. Nestled amidst snow-capped mountains, this lush green meadow boasts a spellbinding landscape of alpine flowers and grazing horses. The serene ambiance invites tranquil walks and rejuvenating picnics, making it an idyllic escape for nature lovers seeking solace and harmony with the pristine surroundings.


Chandanwari is a serene and picturesque neighbourhood in Pahalgam that you can explore with our specially-curated Kashmir tour packages. Famous for its captivating beauty and meandering streams, it serves as the starting point of the annual Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage. Tourists are enthralled by the lush greenery, snow-capped peaks, and the enchanting Chandanwari Temple, making it a must-visit place for nature enthusiasts.

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What are the best things to do in Pahalgam?

1. Visit Betaab Valley - Betaab Valley got its fame after being featured in multiple Bollywood movies. This beautiful place offers you views that postcards are made of. It is a charming valley best visited in the month of May when spring makes it a paradise. It is ideal for nature and photography lovers as you can find jaw-dropping backdrops here. As you walk in the middle of lush green meadows with background music of flowing river you will feel rejuvenated and awestruck at the same time. You can spend some leisure time here or read a book in the valley. If you are seeking adventure then you can zipline by the river from a thrilling height. 

Entry Fee - 100 INR per adult; 50 INR per child

Location - Pahalgam, Hajan, Jammu and Kashmir

2. Offer your prayers at the Mammal Temple - If you are looking for fascinating things to do in Pahalgam then visiting Mammal Temple must definitely be on your list. It is an ancient Shiva temple exhibiting powerful and divine blessings. It is located in a small village a mile away from Pahalgam and dates back to 400 BC. It is visited by devotees all year round so you will always find some crowd here. You can also get a view of the Lidder River flowing nearby from the shrine. 

Location - Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir

3. Visit Sheshnag Lake - Located around 23 kilometers away from Pahalgam, Sheshnag Lake is a pristine lake tucked between meadows and mountains. It is a glacier lake ideal for both adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. It is one of the most recommended activities to do in Pahalgam. Sheshnag Lake also holds great religious significance as Hindu devotees believe that the mythical God Sheshnag still resides in the middle of the lake. 

Location- Anantnag, Kashmir Valley

4. Visit the Lidder Amusement Park - Located on the banks of the majestic Lidder river, the Lidder Amusement park is one of the thrilling activities to do in Pahalgam. There are a plethora of rides suitable for people of all ages. You can hop on a miniature railway, paddle a boat, ride a bumping car or get on amazing swings here. It is a paradise for children as it gives the views of snow peaks and valleys making it a perfect stopover for families. 

Entry Fee - 100 INR per adult; 25 INR per child

Location - Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir

5. Stroll through Baisaran Hills - Located amidst dense pines, and cedar forests Baisaran hills is considered to be one of the most beautiful places of Pahalgam. It is approximately 1-hour drive away from the hustle and bustle of the city and exhibits a serene and peaceful environment. You can try horse riding, zorbing or just go on long, romantic walks with your beau here. There are numerous taxis and cabs readily available in Pahalgam to drive you here. 

Entry Fee - Free Entry

Location - Baisaran Road, Jammu and Kashmir

6. Get yourself clicked at Avantipur Temple - If you are looking for unique places to get yourself clicked or to show off your amazing photography skills then Avantipur temple is the place for you! These ancient ruins are located 57 kilometers away from Pahalgam and are a must-visit place. The temple within the ruins holds great architectural and historical significance and attracts numerous tourists from all across the globe. It was built by King Avantivarman between the time of 855 AD and 883 AD. The temple comprises carved sculptures and pillars that act as a testimony of the architectural brilliance of that era. There are 2 main statues here dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. 

Entry Fee - 100 INR per adult; 50 INR per child

Location - Awantipora, Jammu and Kashmir

7. Take a hike at Pahalgam Golf Course - Golfing is a popular thing to do in Pahalgam so you must definitely try your hand while you are at it. Paradise for avid golfers, Pahalgam Golf Course is a premium golf course nestled between the Himalayan ranges. It is situated right across the Lidder River and is one of the top golf courses in the country. It offers a 18-hole playing arena making it a paradise for golf lovers. You can also take golfing lessons here while absorbing some of the most gorgeous views. 

Entry Fee - INR 150 per head 

Location - Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir

8. Trek at Kolahoi Glacier - For adventure seekers and trekking enthusiasts, Kolahoi Glacier is a must-visit place. It is a hanging glacier located at an elevation of around 18,00 feet and attracts thousands of tourists on a regular basis. The only way to reach the glacier is to trek there. The trek to Kolahoi Glacier is considered as the trek of a lifetime as it is a short but a really tricky and rigid trek. You will get pumped up with an adrenaline rush and the views at the end will all be worth it. 

Location - Mount Kolahoi, Himalayas

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Which are the best adventure activities to do in Pahalgam?

1. River Rafting - Rafting is one of the most adventurous things to do in Pahalgam. Rafting is conducted here at the Lidder River for both beginners and professionals. Beginners can start the rafting experience at a stretch of 2.5 kilometers whereas professionals prefer the 5-8 kilometers long stretch. 

2. Camping
- Pahalgam is known for its abundant nature so you must definitely try camping here. One of the popular locations to camp here is at the Aru Valley in the middle of a serene environment. There are plenty of restaurants and food joint options available in the vicinity. 

3. Golfing - One of the popular activities to do in Pahalgam is golfing. It is organised at the famous Pahalgam Golfing Club. It offers you a panoramic view of the mountains and surrounding atmosphere. You can play golf here for hours and enjoy the cool breeze hitting your face. 

4. Sledding - No one ever misses the chance to sled when in Pahalgam. Starting at Chandanwari, adventure lovers often come here to sled over the hilly terrain. You can easily get the gumboots and other safety gear at the nearby stalls. If you need to go through the safety guidelines of sledding then you can contact the locals for the same. 

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Which are the famous things to buy in Pahalgam?

1. Pashima Shawls and Blankets - Kashmir is a popular spot for buying Pashmina shawls and blankets. Hardly anyone ever visits Pahalgam, and does not purchase Pashmina stoles or shawls. There are plenty of stalls and shops from where you can buy these in the entire vicinity of Pahalgam. 

2. Carpets - Carpets are another popular shopping item in Pahalgam. The special feature about these carpets is that they are handmade and rich in texture. You can witness amazing art and portraits being printed on these carpets. One of the popular kinds of carpet is the hand-knotted one which is made of pure silk or wool. 

3. Traditional Jewellery - If you plan on going on a shopping spree in Pahalgam, then you must definitely grab their traditional Kashmiri jewellery. These are one of a kind ornaments hand-crafted with high precision. They give a luxurious look to the aesthetic of the person wearing it. 

4. Paper Mache Products - Paper Mache is all about converting waste paper into the most beautiful decorative items. This art form was invented in Kashmir and can be found in all its regions. You can buy from a variety of paper mache products like boxes, coaster sets, flower vases and many more. 

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What is there to do in Pahalgam at night?

There are a lot of things to do in Pahalgam at night such as leisure walks, shopping sprees, star-gazing in the Betaab Valley or Aru Valley and many more. Since a lot of tourist attractions are closed during night time you can definitely spend some quality time with your loved ones and go to fancy restaurants for dinner.

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How much does skiing cost in Pahalgam?

The average cost for skiing in the mountainous terrain of Pahalgam costs around 11,000 INR to 12,000 INR. There are numerous travel companies that can provide you with a good package at this price which includes the gear and guided instructor. 

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How many days are sufficient for a Pahalgam trip?

The ideal duration to have a laid-back vacation in Pahalgam is between 4 to 5 days. Since there are limited tourist attractions here you can cover them all in this duration and enjoy some quality time with your family and friends. This place is mostly visited by honeymooners looking for a serene and secluded environment so 4 to 5 days are sufficient for a Pahalgam trip if you plan to visit here by air. 

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Is it safe to visit Pahalgam?

Any violence activity such as gun fights or stone-pelting hardly occur in the main tourist attractions like Pahalgam or Srinagar. Tourists are absolutely safe in Pahalgam. It is one of the regions where there is zero crime recorded against tourists. You can indulge in any tourist activities in Pahalgam without any fear. 

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