Review of Srinagar-Pahalgam-Gulmarg Biking Route:
“The highway from Pahalgam to Gulmarg (via Srinagar bypass) offers stunning views of snow capped mountains! A gradual drop in temperature can be felt as one ascends towards Gulmarg”
Review by Vaishali
Stops en Route
- Stop for Food / Water – “The Entire highway is dotted with restaurants and Dhabas at regular intervals. All petrol pumps are equipped with well maintained public convenience.”
- Stop for Fuel / Supplies – “Petrol pumps are available in and around Srinagar, Pahalgam and Gulmarg. The highway is dotted with a number of smaller towns where fuel can be found. Bike mechanics are available only in the bigger towns”
Review of Srinagar-Pahalgam-Gulmarg by Vaishali:
We started our Bike trip from Srinagar at 9 am in the morning and reached Pahalgam by 12 30 pm via Awantipora, where we stopped to check out the Awantipora temple ruins. The highway is flanked with saffron farms, apple orchards and pine trees.
After brunching at our homestay and a quick nap we pushed off to explore Pahalgam. We biked all the way to Betaab Valley and Chandiwara during the afternoon and utilized the full moon night to explore the Moonlit Aaru valley which is a popular picnic spot next to Lidder river.
The internal roads are all very well maintained with a few, very small rough patches. Though streetlights are scarce and we had to rely on our headlamps and phone lights.
We started for Gulmarg on the third day at 10am and reached at 0230 pm. We stopped at the outskirts of Brijbahera town to get the break-shoe of our bike repaired and lost 30 minutes there-but the piping hot coffee made up for it.
The highway from Pahalgam to Gulmarg (take bypass from Srinagar) offers stunning views of snow capped mountains and a gradual drop in temperature can be felt as one ascends towards Gulmarg.”