What tips does one need for a trip to Pahalgam?
Posted on Dec 12, 2013 by sushma.yadav
There are a few things which we need to keep in mind before travelling to Pahalgam. There maybe a few things which might not be available in Pahalgam, so it’s always good to carry these things. There are a few tips which could help you plan your trip in a much more organized manner.
In case you are planning to visit Pahalgam during the time of the peak season or around major festivals and events, especially during the Winter Festival, then you must ensure that you have made prior reservations. Advance booking must be done to ensure that you are able to stay in your preferred hotel. During the winter festival it is most likely that you will not get the hotel and room of your choice. Do remember to carry a print out or a written confirmation from the as a proof of your booking clearly stating the room type you have booked for yourself, to avoid any last minute hassles. Also do remember to make your travel reservations also well in advance.
During the months of November to February there is peak snowfall which takes place in Pahalgam. Before you leave for Pahalgam do call up your hotel to inquire about the weather conditions, just in case you might get stranded en route.
Do carry enough cash while travelling to Pahalgam. There are only 2 ATMs available in Pahalgam. Most of the hotels in Pahalgam do not accept credit and or debit cards. You will find many ATMs in Srinagar and Jammu. Do remember to carry cash in smaller denominations like INR 10, 20, 50 and 100, as you will need it for pony and sled rides and shopping, etc.
Travelling by Car
If it advisable to hire a cab for taking you around the city rather than driving on your own. Just in case you drive on your own then there are a few things which you should check like you must thoroughly check your vehicle, tyres, brakes, battery, cooling system,engine, windscreen before leaving home.
Please check with the mechanic to see if there is a special coolant is required for your vehicle.
Weather changes very rapidly in mountainous areas, which also affects the road conditions
Depending on when you travel to Pahalgam you must carry appropriate clothes. In case you are travelling during winters then you must carry warm and woolen clothes along with sturdy boots. During summers carry a shawl and some light sweaters and mufflers. Always carry a sunscreen lotion with you.
Do remember to carry an identification proof, as you may be required to show your identity at various checkpoints. Foreigners have to carry their visa at all times. Always keep emergency contact numbers with you. There are no prepaid mobile services available in Jammu and Kashmir. Always keep a torch handy, as there are no lights in the village and it gets quite dark at night. And last but not the least don’t forget to carry your camera to click the wonderful moments you’ve spent here!!!!