Mini Switzerland in Pahalgam(Kashmir)
No one has seen heaven. Even if someone had seen, they didn’t turned back to describe Heaven. But, a place where your mind, body and soul are relaxed and happy is necessarily a heaven. Kashmir is said to be “Heaven on earth”. Baisaran valley which is located in Phalgam(in Kashmir) is said to be “mini Switzerland of India”. The statement holds 100% truth. Come, let’s explore this “mini Switzerland of India”.
Pahalgam is situated in Anantnag District of Jammu and Kashmir which is a state of India. It is 45 kilometers from Anantnag on the banks of Lidder river. It is located at 34.01degree North and 75.19 degree East having an average elevation of 2740 meters. Pahalgam showcases tiny glaciers as well as fresh green and grassy meadows for the tourists.
As the valley is densely surrounded by pine forests, the climate remains pleasant all round the year. Rainfall on the hills is caused by moist winds which are developed because of the presence of pine forests around the valley.
Summer starts here from the month of March and ends by the month of June. The climate becomes favorable, warm and pleasant. The minimum temperature dips by 11 degree centigrade and maximum goes till 25 degree centigrade.
Monsoon arrives in Pahalgam during July and exists till September. Humidity is very high during this period and the climate becomes scanty. This is the reason Pahalgam gets very high rainfall.
Chilly winter is welcomed in the month of October and goes till February of next year. This is the perfect time to get picturesque views of snowfall and snow clad mountain peaks. The temperature dips to zero levels which lead to bone chilling cold weather.
Pages from Wildlife
Pahalgam is blessed with natural and dominant flora in the form of lush green meadows. Long, green and dark meadows of Baisaran valley of Pahalgam have loads of resemblance with meadows of Switzerland. This is the reason why it is referred to as “Mini Switzerland of India”.
Vegetation includes Cedrus Deodara, Abies pindrow and Pinus Griffithii and so on. There are several types of shrubs and bushes present over here. Pine forests are the most precious gems of this jewelry of Pahalgam.
Many of the rare and endangered species of animals can be spotted here such as Hangul, Serow and Musk Deer. One can also watch brown bear and rhesus macaque in the valley. Leopard, Himalayan mouse hare and grey Langur are also very commonly found here.
How to reach
Baisaran valley is situated 5 kms away from Pahalgam and is easily accessible by the means of a pony ride. If you own an adventurous heart, you can also choose trekking as an option. The best time to visit is between May and November.
Things to do
- Being mini Switzerland of India, Baisaran offers a panoramic view for photography. Green, grassy and dark meadows serve great food for your eyes and soul.
- You can also enjoy horse riding as well as pony riding along the grassy and open meadows. The dense pine forest gives a green carpet look to the valley and enjoying horse ride in such a green fresh fields is really awesome.
- Those having adventurous heart can also enjoy the thrilling experience of trekking in Aru valley, Betaab valley and Baisaran valley.
- You can indulge your senses with thrill and enthusiasm by going for a marvelous experience of River rafting in Lidder river which is generally called White water Rafting. The Lidder river originates from Mt. Kolahoi glacier.
- One can also enjoy day hiking to Tulian lake along with lunch. A dewy fresh and early morning is the perfect time to go for day hiking when you can feel the cool breeze. You will necessarily appreciate and your heart will fill with gratitude for Mother Nature as you see the snow laden mountains and Tulian lake.
- You can also relish sumptuous delicacies in the nearby restaurants and Dhabas. Some of them are Nathu’s Rasoi, Dana Pani and Delhi di Rasoi. etc.
- And off course! No vacation can be complete without shopping, shopping and lots of shopping! You can also hover around the local markets to buy the authentic hand embroidered kashmiri shawls, wollens and suits etc. But, alternatively you can also buy some pretty stuffs with a generous bargaining as the local people sell them moving through the valley.