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Exploring The Awe-Inspiring Natural Beauty Of Pahalgam
The Magnificent Town Of Pahalgam
The well-known tourist town of Pahalgam, is located in the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir, and is renowned for being the base camp of the annual Amaranth Yatra. The town is known for its amazing and mesmerizing natural beauty, which attracts thousands of tourists into its folds all through the year. Pahalgam also offers a variety of adventure and sports activities including golf, horse riding, trekking and several water sports. Pahalgam is also amongst few places in Asia, which are known for producing high quality saffron.

Places of Tourist Interest in Pahalgam
Aishmuqam: This is a shrine dedicated to Baba Zaina-ud-din Wali also known popularly as Zaino Shah Sahib, a renowned Sufi Saint of Kashmir. Located on a hillock, near Pahalgam, the Shrine features a primary sanctorum, which is situated inside a deep and narrow cave. The cave also has room containing various artifacts that are in some way associated with the Sufi saint. An annual Zool festival is organized by the shrine in the month of April, which lasts for seven days and is celebrated to pay homage to the holy saint. During the festival people hold the torch lights or lash in a specific manner to seek the blessings of the saint.

Mattan And Sun Temple: This prominent Hindu pilgrimage centre is located on the Pahalgam road and is renowned as the place where the priests and pundits came together to offer prayers to the Sun God. The beautiful village houses the famous Sun Temple, constructed during the time of Pandavas. The temple features a magnificent Shiv Lingam, situated inside an attractive brick structure and surrounded by clean sparkling water. In present times, the temple complex is a high security zone, guarded by the paramilitary force and people wanting to see it need to acquire special permission.

Tulian Lake: Located at a height of about 3353 m, this lake lies at a distance of nearly 16 km from Pahalgam. The lake remains covered with snow most of the time and is situated amidst mountain peaks reaching up to 300 m in height. Tulian Lake is placed on a trekking route passing through Baisaran, and people can hire ponies from Pahalgam to reach it.

Betaab Valley: This valley, which is located nearly 7 kms ahead from Pahalgam, is named after the super hit Bollywood movie Betaab, which was primarily shot here. The valley is set in beautiful surroundings, having mountain peaks covered with snow on one side and thick forests pine and deodar on the other. The valley is also renowned for being the mouth of River Sheshnag, which can be crossed with the help of a beautiful bridge constructed across it.

Lidderwat: This magnificent camping site located in the middle of thick forests at a height of 3,048 m is a major tourist destination of Pahalgam. The site lies nearly 22 km away from Pahalgam and is also the commencement point of the trekking trail leading to Sindh Valley. Visitors can hire a taxi or opt for a pony ride to reach this place.

Tarsar Lake: Located nearly 34km away from Pahalgam is the beautiful Tarsar Lake. Visitors can reach the lake travelling through Lidderwat and then crossing a hanging bridge situated at a height of 243 m from ground level. The Sikiwas valley, which is known for its magnificent camping sites and flower meadows, is situated just 24km ahead of this lake.

Shikargah: The famous wildlife reserve of Shikargarh is located in the heart of Pahalgam, near the main market. It is a favorite picnic spot for families and can be explored either on foot or by hiring ponies available in the market area.


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