Pahalgam is at an altitude of 2,130 meters above sea level, 96 km east of Srinagar. Pahalgam Kashmir’s top tourist attraction during summer, Pahalgam has many attraction of its own like pretty walks, beautiful 18 hole golf course, trout fishing, white water rafting, trekking, hiking and breath taking sight seeing and much more. Some of the margs above, as Baiserran and Khaimu are worth a visit. It is an excellent base, perhaps the best in Kashmir Valley, for expeditions to the wider scenery of the higher mountains; Sona Sar, Shisha Nag, Amarthnath cave, Har Nag, Lidarwat and the Kolahoi glacier, afford some of the wildest and most beautiful scenery of the Himalayas.
Pahalgam has within it no fewer than eight tiny villages, one of which is Mamal. There is a Shiva temple here, generally considered to be Kashmir’s oldest existing temple dating to the 8th century
Chandanawri, 16 km from Pahalgam, is the starting point of the Amarthnath yatra which takes place every year in the month of sawn ( July- August ). The destination is the Amarthnath cave, believed to be the abode of lord Shiva. Although the road from Pahalgam to Chandanwari onwards the track becomes much steeper, being accessible on foot or by pony. 11 km from Chandanwari is the mountain lake of Sheshnag, after which, 13 km away is the last stop, Panchtarni. The Amarthnath cave is 6 km away from there. During the month of Sawan, an ice stalagmite forms a natural Shivling which waxes and wanes with the phases on the moon.
Aru, the Wildlife Sanctuary is located close to Pahalgham. The best time to see an animal is September to April and bird viewing from march to August.