Are you planning a trip to Pahalgam any time soon? Have you been wondering how much it is going to cost you to hire a taxi for local sightseeing in Pahalgam? If the answer to the question above is a yes then I am sure the information below will be of help to you. Listed here are the local taxi rates in Pahalgam for sightseeing and moving to other nearby places.
Please note that the rates I am listing below are for the taxi service in Pahalgam only. These are not the taxi rates for Srinagar or any other town of Kashmir. If you wanted to get the rate list for Srinagar, Please read Taxi Union Rates in Srinagar.
Pahalgam has plenty of places to visit. In fact, in all of Kashmir, it is Pahalgam that has the largest list of tourist attractions. I will recommend spending at least 2 days here. If that was not possible, then at a minimum, one day should at least be spent in the town to truly enjoy it. For more details, please read Sightseeing in Pahalgam – What to See in Pahalgam.
Your sightseeing will also depend on the time of your arrival. For example, during peak winters, some of the areas may become unreachable due to snow on the roads. For more information, please read When is the Best time to visit Pahalgam.
Taxi Rates in Pahalgam
Let me first explain why there is a different rate list for Srinagar and Pahalgam. This is also actually a very important aspect of planning your trip to Kashmir. Both these places, Srinagar and Pahalgam, have different taxi unions. What this necessarily means is that if you hired a taxi from Srinagar, it is only good enough to drop you at Pahalgam. Your Srinagar taxi will not be allowed to take you to any other local place like Aru Valley or Betaab Valley. For that, you have to use the local taxi service in Pahalgam.
Is this justified? It depends on how you are looking at it actually and I do not want to get into that whole debate here. It is not a law if you were thinking that; rather a self-created and imposed rule by the locals. The same rule is applied in several other areas like Ladakh, Kargil, and Manali as well. To ensure that they get their fair share of the tourist income, locals of almost all the famous tourist spots do not allow taxis from other places to ply on their routes.
Gulmarg Taxi Rates
Is something like this applicable for Gulmarg as well? Yes actually. From December to early March, the taxi that you rented from Srinagar will only bring you to Tangmarg, which is about 12 kilometers from Gulmarg. After Tangmarg, you will have to rent a local cab to drop you to Gulmarg. This will cost you Rs. 1000 for a drop to Gulmarg and Rs. 1600 for a return journey the same day.
Yes, I know this is very steep for a journey of only 12 kilometers. The reason is that after Tangmarg, the entire region remains buried under several feet of snow. A normal 2×2 car will not work on a road that has a thick layer of snow on it. So after Tangmarg, they have 4×4 SUVs with snow chains plying to Gulmarg that you will need to book.
After you reach Gulmarg, you will have to hire a local cab there for visiting nearby places. For more information on this, please read Gulmarg Local Sightseeing Taxi Rates.
Also Read: How to Plan a Trip to Gulmarg
Srinagar to Pahalgam Taxi Fare
Let us first talk about how much you will pay for renting a taxi to get to Pahalgam.
Taxi fare from Srinagar to Pahalgam is Rs. 2500 for a drop and Rs. 3000 for a return journey on the same day. For a 2 days trip, it will cost Rs. 4500 for a return journey. If you booked a tempo traveler for Pahalgam, charges will be Rs. 5500 to Rs. 6000 approximately.
Your Srinagar Taxi will take you to the Pahalgam taxi stand and will drop you there. If you booked the cab for a return journey, then the driver will wait for you there. Depending on your itinerary, you can either just walk around in the town or rent another cab from the Pahalgam taxi stand to show you around.
The same charges will also be applicable as Srinagar Airport to Pahalgam taxi fare.
Also Read: How to Plan a trip to Srinagar
Pahalgam Local Taxi Rates
Mentioned below are the taxi rates from Pahalgam Taxi Stand. You will get 4 types of taxis. A luxury AC Cab which is Innova, a normal SUV which is Tata Sumo, a Maruti Eeco Van and a small hatchback or Maruti Van. The rate of the cab will depend on which one you chose.
Pahalgam Local Sightseeing Taxi Rates
For a full day sightseeing in Pahalgam, it will cost you Rs. 3500 for Innova, Rs.3000 for Sumo and Rs. 2400 – 2600 for smaller cars. The sightseeing will include local Pahalgam, Aru Valley, Chandanwari, Betaab Valley, Poshwan, Deer Park and the Mamal temple.
Aru Chandanwari and Betaab Valley trip at Pahalgam
For a trip to Aru Valley, Chandanwari and Betab Valley, you will pay Rs. 2000 – 2400 for an SUV and Rs. 1500 – 1600 for smaller cars.
Pahalgam to Aru Valley Taxi Fare
A trip to Aru Valley from Pahalgam will cost Rs. 700-900 for an SUV and about Rs. 600 for a smaller car.
Pahalgam to Betaab Valley Taxi Fare
A taxi for Betaab Valley from Pahalgam will cost about Rs. 800 for an SUV and Rs. 600 for a smaller car.
Pahalgam to Chandanwari Taxi Fare
A taxi for Chandanwari from Pahalgam will cost Rs. 900 for an SUV and Rs. 700 for a smaller car.
Pahalgam to Srinagar Taxi Fare
A taxi for Srinagar from Pahalgam will cost Rs. 2500 – 3000 for an SUV and Rs. 2100 for a smaller car.
Pahalgam to Srinagar Airport Taxi Fare
A taxi for Srinagar Airport from Pahalgam will cost Rs. 2500 – 3000 for an SUV and Rs. 2100 for a smaller car.
Pahalgam Rafting Point
A Taxi from Pahalgam Taxi stand to the rafting point will cost Rs. 800 for an SUV and Rs. 600 for a smaller car.
Pahalgam to Gulmarg Taxi Fare
Taxi Fare from Pahalgam to Gulmarg is Rs. 4000 for an SUV and Rs. 3000 for a smaller car.
Pahalgam to Kokernag, Verinag, Achabal, and Mattan
A tour to Kokernag, Verinag, Achabal, and Mattan will cost Rs. 4000 for an SUV and Rs. 3000 for a smaller car.
Pahalgam to Jammu Taxi Fare
A taxi from Pahalgam to Jammu for a same-day drop will cost you about Rs. 7000 for an SUV and Rs. 6000 for a smaller car. If you stayed for a night in Patnitop and made it a 2 days journey, then the cost will increase to Rs. 8500 for an SUV and Rs. 7000 for a smaller car.
Pahalgam to Katra Taxi Fare
A taxi from Pahalgam to Katra will cost you about Rs. 7000 for an SUV and Rs. 6500 for a smaller car.
Pahalgam to Sonmarg Taxi Fare
Taxi fare for Pahalgam to Sonamarg is Rs. 6000 for an SUV and Rs. 5000 for a smaller car.
Patnitop to Pahalgam Taxi Fare
A taxi from Pahalgam to Patnitop or vice versa will cost Rs. 5000 for an SUV and about Rs. 4000 for a smaller car.
Pahalgam to Sinthan Top
Pahalgam to Sinthan top by a private taxi will come out to be around Rs. 5000 for an SUV and about Rs. 4000 for a smaller car.
Pahalgam to Aharbal Taxi Fare
A taxi from Pahalgam to Aharbal will cost Rs. 5000 for an SUV and about Rs. 4000 for a smaller car.
Pahalgam to Khanabal Drop
Khanabal is only about 40 kilometers from Pahalgam. A drop to Khanabal by taxi will cost you Rs.800 for SUV and Rs. 500 for a smaller car. If you booked it for a return trip than the fare will increase to Rs. 1300 for SUV and Rs. 1000 for a small car.
Pahalgam to Baltal
Baltal is about 180 kilometers from Pahalgam and it takes 5-6 hours to cover. Taxi fare for Pahalgam to Baltal is Rs. 5000 for an SUV and Rs. 4000 for a smaller car.
Pahalgam to Leh
Pahalgam to Leh is close to 510 kilometers of a distance. The journey will take about 15-16 hours to complete and can even go up to 18 hours depending upon your breaks and speed. A taxi from Pahalgam to Leh will cost Rs. 18000 for an SUV and Rs. 14000 for a small car. The journey will be non-stop with no night halt in between and the taxi driver will keep your breaks limited to a bare minimum.
Pahalgam to Leh Taxi Fare for 7 days
If you, however, booked a taxi from Pahalgam for a tour of 7 days in and around Leh, it will cost you Rs. 27000 for an SUV and Rs. 22000 for a smaller car. In all probability, you will travel in two different taxis. One cab will drop you from Pahalgam to Leh and then the driver will hand you over to another driver that is local of Leh.
This is because a Pahalgam registered taxi will not be allowed to show tourists around in Leh; much like the folks from Pahalgam do not allow taxis from other areas to ply on their routes.
Pahalgam to Manali
Pahalgam to Manali is about 620 kilometers and 20-24 hours of journey. A taxi for this trip in 2 days will cost you Rs. 28000 by SUV and Rs. 24000 by a small car. The route taken will be via Pathankot and Dharamshala.
Also Read: How to Plan a Trip to Manali
Pahalgam to Dharamshala
Dharamshala is about 400 kilometers from Pahalgam and it will take you anywhere between 13-16 hours to cover it. An SUV for this journey will cost you Rs. 22000 and a small car will cost Rs. 18000.
Also Read: How to Plan a Trip to Dharamshala
Pahalgam to Yusmarg Taxi Fare
A taxi for a return journey from Pahalgam to Yusmarg will cost Rs. 3500 for an SUV and Rs. 3000 for a smaller car.
Also Read: How to Plan a Trip to Yusmarg
Pahalgam to Mansabal, Wullar Lake and Kheer Bhawani
A sightseeing tour around Mansabal, Wullar Lake and Kheer Bhawani temple will cost Rs. 4500 by SUV and Rs. 3600 by a small car.
Taxi service in Pahalgam – Conclusion
I hope the information above on taxi rates in Pahalgam was of help. If you have any other questions; or need any help; please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer.