Pahalgam is a beautiful resort at the confluence of river Lidder and the Sheshnag Lake. The landscape is marked by the steep hills, the lush forests and the cascading River Lidder. Pahalgam is extremely popular with tourists; it is an important trekking base as well. One can trek or hire a colt to some of the most exotic locations like the vast meadow of Baisaren surrounded by thick pine wood forests and scenic picnic spots like Hagan and Chandanwadi. Chandanwadi is also the starting point of the journey to the Amarnath Shrine which takes place every year in the month of July/August. At the distance of 11 kms from Chandanwadi is the mountain lake of Sheshnag. Pahalgam is located in the western part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, in the northern region of India. It is located at an altitude of 2130 m above the sea level a midst the great Himalayan range. It is positioned alongside the River Lidder in the valley. Pahalgam lies at the distance of 95 km east of Srinagar. The weather in Pahalgam is alpine; summers (April-June) are mild while winters (November to February) are cold. It experiences rains between July and September. It experiences heavy snowfall from December to February.
Baisaren, this meadow is about 5-km from Pahalgam and 150m higher, it provides an excellent views of the town , the Lidder valley Pine forests and the snow clad mountains that surround the grassy glen. One can hire ponies for this trek from nearby colt workers of the town.
Aru, the little village of Aru is actually the first stage from Pahalgam on the trek to Lidder waters and the Kola hoi glacier. It makes an interesting day walk from Pahalgam following the River Lidder from Pahalgam, following the River Lidder for 11-km upstream, it has a main track which also can be taken by car.
Hajan: Hajan lies on the way to Chandanwadi; it is an idyllic spot for picnic. Film-goers recognize it instantly as it has been the location of several movie scenes.
Fishing side Pahalgam is one of Kashmir popular trout fishing beats. Kashmir is famous for its trout although, they tend to be rather small. Additionally, fishing licenses are hard to get rather expensive. An urge is to keep a guide and one is also permitted to catch six fishes which is the daily limit.
Tuliyan Lake: If one continues 11 km ahead of Baisaren, one reaches the Tuliyan Lake which lies at 3353m 1200 m higher up. It is covered in ice approximately the year around and is surrounded by the peaks which have an augment of more than 300 m above its shores. It also can be reached by pony trek.