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Pahalgam - The valley of shepherds and paradise for nature lovers

Pahalgam is a picturesque town located in the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. It is situated at an altitude of 7,200 feet and is located on the banks of the Lidder River. Pahalgam is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, dense pine forests, and lush meadows, which makes it a popular tourist destination for nature lovers.

Pahalgam is also a popular destination for adventure enthusiasts. The town offers a wide range of activities such as trekking, hiking, horse riding, and white water rafting. The town is also the starting point for the annual Amarnath Yatra, a pilgrimage to the holy Amarnath cave.

Some of the popular tourist attractions in Pahalgam include the Betaab Valley, Aru Valley, Chandanwari, and Baisaran. The Betaab Valley is named after the Bollywood movie "Betaab," which was shot here. The valley is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and is known for its crystal-clear streams and meadows. Aru Valley is located at a distance of around 12 km from Pahalgam and is known for its scenic beauty and the diversity of flora and fauna. Chandanwari is the starting point of the Amarnath Yatra and is located at an altitude of 2,895 meters. Baisaran is a scenic meadow that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

Pahalgam is also known for its local handicrafts such as carpets, shawls, and handicrafts made of walnut wood. The town is famous for its Kashmiri cuisine, which includes dishes such as Rogan Josh, Yakhni, and Dum Aloo.