Today, post breakfast,visit Chandanwari, situated at a distance of 16 - km from Pahalgam. At Chandanwari, the Sheshnag river is captivating with its sheer force and clear waters. You can get an opportunity to do sledge up to the fifth point which is also a route that yatris take to reach the Amarnath Cave. 'Snow fights' is what people generally indulge in here before they sledge back down. Later, visit Betaab Valley - located on the way to Chandanwari. Note: This excursion is subject to road, weather conditions and military permission. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Pahalgam (B)You can stay at-
The vast expanse of the meadow surrounded by Pine trees and overlooked by snow covered peaks was truly breathtaking. There were people from all age groups enjoying and playing games in this meadow. You could see kids falling and tumbling in those large Zorbing Balls. Couples on their honeymoon were busy taking a walk near the stream, holding hands and saying sweet nothings in each other’s ears. Some families were busy getting clicked against the backdrop of the snow-capped peaks and pine trees. The beauty of this place lies in the fact that you can lie down on the green grass and just admire this beautiful creation of nature.
Martand Sun Temple
How to Reach: Easily reached from Anantnag main market (about five miles).Mythology: (More like history) The temple was built by King Lalitaditya of Karkota Dynasty. The temple has been described in scriptures as a sight to behold. It stood grand and glowed in the snow with all it's valour. Now it stands ruined (but not completely) as Mughal emperor Sikander Butshikan completely destroyed it. I is said and noted that many rulers tried to wipe out Martand's structure before Sikander, but were unable to. Built in an estimated period of 370-500 A.D., the temple (as per local legend) has been given a boon to stand until the apocalypse and now human power will ever be able to completely erase it.(The sight is heart breaking. Especially when you imagine the glory in which it must have stood, the sheer grandeur is overwhelming. And now I am overcome with grief that my eyes will never have such privileged.)
Avantiswami Temple Ruins
A centuries old ruins symbolizing the history of Hindu culture in the region. There are guides who will show you around. There is not a lot to see, but without someone telling you what you are looking at, you will probably be at a loss to understand the significance of the place.