Things to do in Pahalgam
As mentioned above Pahalgam is a haven for adventure lovers due to the rugged mountain terrain and the boisterous rivers. Apart from the adventure sports like trekking and white river rafting, there are a lot of attractions for the religious minded people. Of course if you are not an adrenaline junkie and instead prefer to relax in peace, even then this village is just the right place for you. The scenic beauty of the Himalayan mountains and the beautiful flora of the valley is enough to soothe the most disturbed soul. It is possible to find accommodation in the lap of nature where you can enjoy modern amenities while being close to nature.
Fishing for Trout at Lidder River: Trout fish is found in cold and hilly regions like Kashmir and this species of fish found in the valley is famous all over the world. In fact the golden trout of Kashmir is even exported to foreign countries at a high rate. Even if you don't really relish fish as food, it is a good experience to get up close with the river fish, while you go fishing on the River Lidder. You can fish for trout in the old fashion way with a locally made fishing rod. If you are not an expert you need not worry as you will always find enthusiastic locals and fellow tourists who will happily give you a lesson in fishing.
Shopping in Pahalgam: The natural beauty of Kashmir is translated into the handicrafts of this valley. The locals live among abundant beauty and this helps them create more beauty with their skilled hands. You will find ornate Namdas and Gabbas to decorate your home with. These items also make excellent gifts and souvenirs. While you are in Kashmir you definitely should look at the woolen garments like phirans, Kashmiri shawls, carpets and clothing embellished with the unique Kashmiri embroidery. While in Srinagar you will find a wider variety of these items, in Pahalgam you may be able to strike a good bargain.
White River Rafting: White river rafting is not meant for the weaker souls as the rough and tumble of mountainous rivers can really shake you up. However, if an adrenaline rush is what you are looking for then you should definitely indulge in this adventurous sport. The Lidder River provides the perfect opportunity for white river rafting as it goes raging and roaring through Pahalgam. In fact on the Lidder River, you can enjoy the adventure with a touch of beauty in the scenic surroundings. The turbulent river presents quite a challenge just as the mountains do to the trekkers. The river rafting in Pahalgam has 2,3 and 4 rapids for adventure lovers.