As planned today we are on Day 4 of Srinagar Trip. Today we will be moving to the beautiful Kashmir Valley in the Anantnag district of Kashmir. It is a good idea to start early as its is going to take more time (2 to 3 hours) to travel. The distance is about 100 KM from Dal Lake. Here is our personal guide to Pahalgam and Local sightseeing.
Guide to Pahalgam and Local sightseeing
After reaching Pahalgam, you will need to hire horses so that you can move up to the mountains and se the Kashmir valley. In total, the horsemen would show few places like :
- Hunting Place
- Kashmir valley
- An open space which was used for movie shooting. It is just a big space with greenery all the side, and you would love the view.
Pahalgam is an excellent place for tracking, rafting, skiing, and horse riding. I remember when were getting on the mountains on horses, I almost felt like falling looking at the steep. The horsemen took us through such narrow roads; only horses could walk on it.
There is small hunting hideout on the way to Kashmir Valley. This place was used by one of the kings during summer. They said Wild bears are prevalent in Pahalgam, but we were unlucky to cite any of them.
Kashmir Valley is the best part of the experience. The view of Kasmir valley is so remarkable you would fall in love with it. We did not miss to capture that in our camera, and below is what we experienced.
Then comes the open fields which are very famous for Bollywood movie shooting. This place is all green and best if you want to do horse riding at speed. Yes, you can run across the fields and enjoy it a lot. If you are hungry, food is sold by local people. Some locals carry a Sheep along with them. If you like it, you can take a picture with them.
Pahalgam has a lot more to see than what we have talked about. Since did not have much to spend we did miss local sightseeing which can take one entire day for it. We would suggest staying an extra day at Pahalgaon to enjoy it more. That ends our guide to Pahalgam!
Local Sightseeing around Srinagar on Day 5
There are few spots around Dal Lake and Srinagar like
- Chashma Shahee
- Pari Mahal
- Shalimar Garden
- Mugal Garden
- Jamia Masjid
Of which dont miss Chasma Shahee and Shalimar garden. Dont forget to carry empty bottles to Chashma Shahee. Bring back the water-filled in with water. They are known to cure stomach problems. You can either talk to the same person whom you hired for the complete trip or take a local auto for this. Here are a few pictures of all the places joined we collected.
That ends our 4-5 day trip to Srinagar. Remember this is not the end, and there could be a lot more which can be seen around Srinagar but when you dont have much time, but a week this is the best plan. Also dont miss out to read our experience at Dal Lake, Sonmarg and Gulmarg.
Useful information, meticulously noted. Thanks a lot