Pahalgam : Glory below the Heavens
In Pahalgam, dusty roads will lead you to a vista of open green spaces. Massive mountains lie in the distance half obscured by the floating clouds.The gushing Lidder River makes its way through dense forests of fir and pine. Originally, Pahalgam was a shepherds’ village. You can take a stroll through the grasslands to enjoy the fresh mountain air surrounded by some beautiful panoramas. The valleys created by the Lidder and the Seshnag rivers are covered with massive conifers. Hidden amongst the thick foliage are some scenic spots and pristine clear lakes. If walking is not entertaining enough, hire a horse and gallop away into these magnificent places which are a feast for the eyes.
How to Get There
By Air :
Nearest is Srinagar airport is 89 km from the city.
By Rail :
The nearest railhead for Pahalgam is Jammu Tawi.
By Road :
Pahalgam is well connected to Srinagar and Jammu by buses.
Mount Bhairav looms over Panchtarni, one of the halting spots for pilgrims on the Amaranth Yatra. Legend has it that the five rivers from the hair of Lord Shiva come together in Panchtarni. This legend is also responsible for the name. The legend however fails to mention the incredible natural beauty of this place. The presence of the rivers has managed to give birth to a fantastic range of flora and fauna. Wild bears are known to prowl around the area in search of prey. A myriad collection of other rare animals roam here under the canopies of numerous conifers.
One of the holiest pilgrimage sites of the Hindus, Amarnth is difficult to access. However, it is certainly beautiful. The Amarnath Cave is a magnificent sight indeed. Gargantuan snowy peaks hide the horizons outside. Inside the cave, you will be awestruck at the Shiva lingam made from ice. The majestic lingam is a completely natural phenomenon formed from an ice stalagmite. This place has been revered as holy since times immemorial. Standing inside the Amarnath cave, you too will have no choice but to feel spiritual with the beauty that surrounds you.