Gateway to the Himalayas
Pahalgam is 91km from Srinigar. You need to take a taxi to get there. But, if you are looking for adventure in the unspoilt Himalayas of Kashmir, this a is a great place to base yourself.
The journey there will take you through willow groves and saffron fields.
You can either go pony trekking or hiking up the Lidder Valley, through pine forests, beautiful meadows and snow-capped mountains. There is plenty of wildlife on view. I saw martens, dippers and golden eagles.