Pahalgam festival is best-known in all over the world. There are many festivals celebrated in Pahalgam with lively interest and with so much excitement. Pilgrimage to the holy Amarnath Shrine is one of the most significant events in Pahalgam, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Every year, month of Sawan (JulytoAugust) is the best time for it. Another most popular Festival in Pahalgam is the Snow Festival which is celebrated during January every year. Do visit Pahalgam at this moment in time if you can brave and fearless the snowfall as State Government is organized a number of sporting activities. More Pahalgam Festival are :
Amarnath Yatra Pahalgam which is the most famous Pahalgam festival dedicated to Lord Shiva is take place during month of Sawan (July to August) every year. One has to trek of about 14, 500 ft distance on foot or pony from Chandanwari and route between Pahalgam and Baltal. Chandanwari is the starting point of Amarnath Yatra which is 15 km away from Pahalgam. It will take atleast two days to reach Amarnath cave holy and back. The weather condition during that time is very uncertain because Amarnath Yatra Pahalgam take place during month of July so that rainfall or snowfall takes place anytime. The temperature may fall up to -5 degree Celsius.
One is to compulsory to get registered, for performing Amarnath Yatra Pahalgam. The Amarnath cave is enclosed by snowy mountains. Also the cave is most of time covered with snow. Inside 40 m high cave, shiva is in the form of Lingam of ice. According to a Hindu myth, this is the cave where Shiva gives details about secret of life and immortality. Two extra ice configurations symbolize Parvati and Shiva's son, Ganesha. Many pilgrimages go there to visit Amarnath cave mostly during festival of Amarnath Yatra Pahalgam.
In 2011 it received about 634,000 persons, the maximum recorded figure for the place. The number was 622,000 in 2012. Thousand of central and state police personnel are arrange to give safety to pilgrims from potential terror threats every year.
Another famous Pahalgam festival is ice festival in the world. Snow festival Pahalgam is organized by the Indian army along with Pahalgam hotel and owners of Restaurant. It is two-day long festival. During Snow Festival Pahalgam, visitors get an opportunity to do cycling and skiing. Throughout the snow festival Pahalgam, number of eye-catching games and sport-competition including arm rustling, Pepsi fishing, race and many extra were obtainable for the locals and tourists. Pahalgam three-day snow festival of Snow cycling statue was magnetism.
Snow cycling is a daring game full of excitement and risks. This year, the Tourism section added baseball sport also in the snow festival.
It will be first time in the world history that this sport would be played on snow. The game will be played on the ice the first time in the history of the world.