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Pahalgam is a city in India. Heaven on Earth. A Small place of 2-3 km but you can spend a week without getting bored.
Taxi from Srinagar Airport or town centre to should be Rs 2,200 and is a 2 1/2 hour trip one way. From Jammu is 8 hours to get Pahalgam.
For budget travellers, the cheapest way to reach Pahalgam is to travel to Jammu by rail and then catch a share taxi (4WD Sumo or Minibus) from the Jammu bus stand to Srinagar which costs Rs. 200-400 pp and get off at Khanabal. This journey takes 6-7 hours. Within Khanabal district, catch a three-wheeler auto to Anantnag Sumo stand (Rs. 30 for an auto) from where you should be able to get another 4WD share Sumo to Pahalgam for Rs. 40-50 per person which drops you off at the Pahalgam Sumo stand in approximately 1-1.5 hours.
Getting around Pahalgam is done mostly by walking, taxi and ponies. Ponies are avaialbe at officially published rates everywhere – Main market, Laripora, Aru, etc. Aru can be reached by taxi for an onward treck to Lidderwat, Kolohoi Glaciers, etc.
Aru is a great place to stay in – in the lap of nature. Options for stay here are rather limited though.
Three main sites in Pahalgam are : Chandanwari, Betaab Valley,(so called because the Hindi film Betaab was shot there) and Aru valley. You can only take local taxies- Sumo, Tavera or similar 7 seater car as taxis from Srinagar or Jammu are not allowed to take you sightseeing here. It will cost you about Rs 1500 as there is no bargaining.
Next thing to do in Pahalgam is Pony ride. Pony rides are available to a scenic meadow called Baisaran or ‘Mini Switzerland’ from city center and with full bargaining! At first you are asked to pay about Rs 1000 per person, but at last they will come with you at Rs 500 or even less.
White water rafting is must do thing in Pahalgam.
If you are travelling in the months of June and July, don’t forget to carry your sunscreen lotions because if your skin is somewhat fair then you are prone to sun-burns.