Distance from Srinagar = 62 kms. Altitude = 8990 ft. Pahalgam has always been a major tourist attraction. Its cool climate makes it an ideal place to spend quality time during summers. The area consists of various treks and dense forests. Trekking, river rafting, horse riding, mountaineering are some of the activities one can do while in Pahalgam. Pahalgam also houses a zoo for wild animals like Black bear, leopard, deer etc. Other places of interest around Pahalgam are:- Chandanwari (2,895 m), 16 km from Pahalgam, is the starting point of the yatra that takes place every year in the month of Sawan (July to August). The road from Pahalgam to Chandanwari is on fairly flat terrain and can be undertaken by car. From Chandanwari onwards the track becomes much steeper, and is accessible on foot or by pony. About 11 km from Chandanwari is the mountain lake of Sheshnag (3,574 m), after which, 13 km away is the last stop, Panchtarni. The Amarnath cave is 6 km away from there. Aru (2,414 m), 12 km from Pahalgam, is noted for its scenic beauty. A wildlife sanctuary is situated in the Aru which houses many endangered species. It is also a base for the treks to Lidderwat, the Vishansar-Kishansar lakes and Kangan. Betaab Valley (2,393 m), 15 km from Pahalgam, is another beautiful site worth visiting. It is also a famous campsite. It has been a favourite shooting spot for bollywood filmmakers. Lake Tulian and Lake Baisaran are nearby attractions with sparkling and cold water. Kolahoi Glacier (4,700 m), 26 km from Pahalgam. The highest peak named after the glacier is Kolahoi Peak has an elevation of 5425 meters. The origin of the glacier is below the cirques on the north flank of Kolahoi Peak. It is the source of Lidder River and some melt waters become the tributories of the Sind River.