Srinagar - Pahalgam (97 kms /3½ hrs drive approx)
Early in the morning leave for Pahalgam the 'valley of shepherds' which is situated at the confluence of the streams flowing from river Lidder and Sheeshnag lake. On the way u can visit Zaffron fields, Bat Factory, Pandav Temple , Apple Garden. En route visit the Awantipura ruins, an 1100 year old temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and built by King Awantivarman. On arrival into Pahalgam enjoy the surrounding beauty or walk to Baisaran, which is about 2 km from Pahalgam. A small village set in pine and fir forest is pleasing and offers good view.
PLACES OF INTREST AT PAHALGAM
Once in the Pahalgam one can trek the mountain lakes, pony ride or drive to, plain meadows as suggested here under.
ARU: This village resort is connected by 11 km upstream from the Lidder River, motorable road from Pahalgam. It is a base camp for trekking to the Kolhoi glacier & Tarsar Lake. It is popular among the tourists for its peaceful environment & scenic beauty.
BETAB VALLEY: Famous for film shootings is a plain scenic spot amidst pine trees 3 kms on Chandanwari ,Base Camp for Annual Amarnath Yatra road. The valley got its name from the Sunny Deol – Amrita Singh hit debut film.
BAISARAN: Often dubbed at ‘Mini Switzerland’ because of its long dark meadows resembling the once in Switzerland. This popular picnic spot 4 kms from Pahalgam has meadows, pine trees with streams flowing through it.
SHIKARGAH: A wild life reserve at a close distance.
MAMAL TEMPLE: An 11th. Century temple on the right bank of Lidder has a Shivlinga with a spring rising from there.
FRISLAN: Famous spot for trout fishing at a distance of 7 km
Night halt at Hotel in Pahalgam.