Pahalgam offers an enjoyable place to stay respite from the uproar of cities and idyllic for short walks. The hill station as well offers trekking, hiking, river rafting, skiing and horse riding. Ponies can be obtained on hire directly or through the Tourist Office.
Pahalgam Club offers amenities for roller skating, table tennis, badminton and cards.
The renowned trekking routes are Pahalgam - Chandanwari - Sheshnag- Panchtarni - Amarnath Cave Temple - Sonamarg. Kolahoi Glacier is a well liked destination for trekkers through Aru, a captivating meadow. Apart from these, Pahalgam is a delight for anglers and even an amateur can catch with a rainbow trout and permits are obtainable from the Government Fisheries Department. They moreover provide fishing equipments on rent. Live baits and spinning are not permitted. Pahalgam is in addition a shopping paradise. The town is famed for woolen products. Carpets, Gabbas, Shawls and Namdas are also available from local shops.