Pahalgam Town is located in Anantnag district of Srinagar, J&K. Pahalgam is a beautiful place for a nature lover and one of the best tourist attraction of Srinagar. Pahalgam’s natural beauty is a treat for eyes and senses. This place is also known as ‘Paradise’ . Pahalgam is much more than what you read or ever heard about, Pahalgam is surrounded by greenery all over the town with water streams following by the sides of the roads. The other name for Pahalgam is ‘ Valley of Shepherds’ .
Pahalgam is a popularly known hill station in Kashmir Valley which is located at an altitute of 2,200m or 7,200 ft. Pahalgam town is about 95-97kms from Srinagar. As Gulmurg is at more height than Pahalgam, so the night temperature doesn’t drop down too much. This place has also been a spot of shooting for many films. Pahalgam has other connected valleys around those are Aru valley, Betaab valley, Chandanwari and is also the base camp for Amarnath Yatra which one of the holy pilgrimage.
History of Pahalgam
The origin of the Pahalgam is not discovered. This place used to be the grazing land for nomadic herdsmen. According to Hindus mythology, Lord Shiva wanted to go to Amarnath Cave with his wife Parvati to share a secret of the universe, source of immortality and elixir of life . So, during there journey to Amarnath Cave, they stopped at numbers of spots and one of the spot where they first stopped was Pahalgam. In Pahalgam Lord Shiva left his guardian diety Nandi who took a form of bull and stayed there. This is the reason that Pahalgam is the starting point of the pilgrimage to Amarnath Shrine.
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Under British rule
According to early times, Pahalgam was under the control of Mughals. In the early 19th century, Ranjit Singh united the region of Pahalgam to his Sikh Dynasty that was to be taken control by the British after a few decades. The Britishers did not had Pahalgam under their control for a long. In 19th century, Britishers sold Kashmir for sum of rupees 7.5 millions to Gulab Singh, who became the king of Kashmir. According to this, the region of Pahalgam and Kashmir remained as independent kingdom till British Rule. After India got its Independence, it became a part of independent India.
Travel To Pahalgam:
By Air : The nearest airport is Srinagar Airport and from there Pahalgam is at a distance of about 95 kms.
By Rail : The nearest railway station is Jammu Railway Station which is connected to other cities by NH 1A.
By Road: It takes around 2-3 hours from Srinagar to reach Pahalgam by road. The distance Between Dal lake and Pahalgam is approximately 103 kms depending on the traffic.
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Our Review :
This place requires no definition of beauty or any explanation. This place in itself is like ‘Jannat Hai Toh Yahi Hai’. Once you visit this place you don’t want to come back, Pahalgam is covered with lush green trees under snow covered mountains, it is surrounded by thick pine forests. A trip to Pahalgam gives an immense pleasure and peace to one’s soul.