Planning to visit Kashmir then Pahalgam must be on your bucket list. And with this Pahalgam travel guide, we will try to decode this destination. So keep reading to know more about this hamlet like:

  • Places to visit in Pahalgam
  • Where to stay in Pahalgam / best hotels or budget hotels in Pahalgam
  • Places to eat in Pahalgam
  • How to reach Pahalgam and all other details you might need to plan a trip to this small little village in Kashmir.

Pahalgam is a small village in Kashmir just a stone throw away distance from Srinagar. Now a premier holiday destination for many Indian and foreign tourists, it is originally a shepherds village with gurgling rivers, views of snow peak mountains and amazing valleys.

It is also the starting point for Amarnath Yatra. And if you are an adventure enthusiast who loves trekking/hiking then Aru valley is known for some good treks. Not only this, Pahalgam is also a popular destination for fishing and rafting.
You may also read: Your Kashmir Itinerary / Plan (Where To Stay, Eat & How To Travel)

Things To Keep In Mind Before Visiting Pahalgam

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Apart from knowing where to visit in Pahalgam, best hotels/homestays or best restaurants there are certain things which you need to keep in mind before traveling to Pahalgam. And in this part of the Pahalgam Travel guide, we will discuss that too….

  • Pahalgam is a liquor-free area and you will not find any shop/store selling liquor.
  • Due to local regulations, to visit Aru and Chandanwari you are required to hire locally registered vehicles. You can get those in Pahalgam Sumo Stand.
  • If looking for a shared taxi to Srinagar or any other place, use the local word “Service Gaadi” as locals do get confused with the word Shared Taxi with a Hired cab. So better let them understand what you are looking for
  • River rafting starts from Aru. So for river rafting, it is suggested to visit Aru.

Best Places To Visit In Pahalgam


Pahalgam is a beauty and one of the best places to visit in Kashmir. And there are some places to visit in Pahalgam too…which you must see when you visit this hamlet.


Chandanwari is the starting point of Amarnath Yatra with a stunning setting. Known for its beauty and picturesque valleys, this is a must visit place for any traveler
Location: 16 kms from Pahalgam

Betaab Valley

Located in Anantnag district just between Pahalgam and Chandanwari route. This valley is surrounded by snow clad mounts, dense jungles all around and lush green meadows making it a picturesque destination for every traveler
Location: 15 kms from Pahalgam. Located just before Chandanwari

Aru Valley

A scenic village and a valley making it a perfect destination for every tourist. Even the drive to this village is alluring too. It is also the starting point for Kolahoi Glacier trek
Locations: 12kms from Pahalgam
Suggested read: Things To Know Before Visiting Leh & Ladakh: A Must Read Guide For All Riders

Where To Stay In Pahalgam (Budget Hotels / Guest houses / Homestays)

There are a number of places to stay in Pahalgam. From Budget hotels, guesthouses, Homestays, and resorts Pahalgam have everything.
So let’s see some of the options if this question is still there in your mind “Where to stay in Pahalgam?”

Beach Resort Pahalgam

Nice and clean guest house with a view of the river. Located just opposite to the golf course, it is one of the cheapest hotels in Pahalgam
Room Rate: 500 INR per night

Freedom Palace

If looking for peace or a peaceful surrounding then Freedom Palace which is only 20 min walk from the main market, is the place to stay in Pahalgam.
Room Rate: 600 INR per night
Owner Name: Baba Bashir
Contact No: 9419727384
Note: If you can’t locate his hotel, you can ask any local about him (Baba Bashir). He is a known figure in Pahalgam.

Hotel Noor Mahal

Located just near to the main market, this is a small little but a clean hotel to stay in Pahalgam.
Room Rate: 500 INR per night
Contact No: 094149532530, 09906886742, +91 1936-210612


J&K Tourism Development Corporation has their own huts is Pahalgam you can even book it from their Official Website

You may also check: 03 Secret Places To Visit In Ladakh That No One Is Ever Going To Tell You

Which Are The Best Places To Eat In Pahalgam

Trout Beat
Famous for its Veg combo meals and for freshwater Trout fish recipes

Dana Pani
Know for its North Indian and South Indian cuisines

Volga Restaurant
If you are looking for food with great views then Volga Restaurant is the place to go for. It provides the best view of the valley with comfort and luxury.

Palestine Restaurant
Popular among locals as well as tourists for its multi-cuisine food which includes Chinese and Mughlai delicacies

Apart from these, there are some other restaurants as well as cafes too which you may explore. But these are the best places to eat in Pahalgam and you should try it once according to your taste and mood.

How To Reach Pahalgam

So in the final part of Pahalgam travel guide, we will see how can you reach Pahalagam.

Nearest Airport 
Srinagar: Distance- 100 kms,
Jammu: Distance- 285 kms &
Amritsar: Distance- 452 kms

Nearest Railway Station
Udhampur: Distance- 220 kms,
Katra: Distance- 270 kms &
Jammu: Distance- 285 kms

The cheapest way to reach Pahalgam is to:

  • Reach Jammu by an overnight bus or train
  • From Jammu Bus stand, catch a shared Sumo to Srinagar and get down at Khanabal (rate: 200 – 400 INR PP and journey time is around 6-7 hours)
  • From Khanabal go to Anantnag Sumo standby booking an auto (rate 50 INR)
  • From there, take a share Sumo to Pahalgam Sumo stand (rate: 50 INR PP and journey time is 1 hr)

So here was my Pahalgam travel guide where I have tried to mention everything that you would need to plan your trip like places to visit in Pahalgam, places to stay & eat and how to reach this hamlet.

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