Pahalgam is a town and a notified area committee in Anantnag district of the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. It is a popular tourist destination and hill station. It is located 45 kilometres (28 mi) from Anantnag on the banks of Lidder River at an altitude of 7,200 feet (2,200 m).This beautiful town is the headquarters of one of the five tehsils of Anantnag district. Pahalgam is associated with the annual Amarnath Yatra. Chandanwari, located 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) This magical town is the starting point of the yatra that takes place every year in the months of July-August. This region has very beautiful backdrop while trekking on the mountains of Jammu and Kashmir. This part of the Tamed jungle are regularly visited by tourist seeking adventure sporting activities such as mountain climbing,paragliding, etc.
This beautiful town is administered by the Pahalgam Development Authority, headed by a Chief Executive Officer who functions as the administrator of local town area committee.The area holds a rich cover of vegetation, the dominant forest consisting of conifers which account for over 90%. The principal species are Cedrus deodara, Pinus griffithii, Abies pindrow, Aesculus indica etc. The major shrubs are Indigofera heterantha, Viburnum spp., Sorbaria tomentosa etc. the ground cover is very rich and dicotyledonous herbs dominate: Rumex patientia, Primula, anemone , etc.