situated 95 kms east of Srinagar. It is a beautiful resort
at confluence of Lidder river and the Sheshnag lake. The
landscape is marked by steep hills, lush forests and the
cascading Lidder river. Extremely popular with tourists,
it is an important trekking base. One can trek or hire a
pony to some of the most exotic locations -like, the vast
meadow of Baisaran, surrounded by thickly wooded pine
forests and scenic picnic spots like Hajan and Chandanwari.
is also the starting point of the journey to the Amarnath
Shrine which takes place every year in the month of
July/August. 11 kms. from Chandanwari is the mountain lake
of Sheshnag. Pahalgam is located in the western part of
the state of Jammu and Kashmir, in the northern region of
India. It is located at an altitude of 2130 m above sea
level amidst the great Himalayan range. It is positioned
beside the Liddar River, in the Liddar valley.
Pahalgam is 95
km east of Srinagar. The weather in Pahalgam is alpine.
Summers (April–June) are mild while winters
(November–February) are cold. It experiences rains between
July and September. It experiences heavy snowfall from
December to February.
Aru Valley is a small yet self-sufficient scenic village
located 12 km from Pahalgam. The drive up to the village
is alluring too. The location of the village among the
grasslands, make this place a tourist delight. It is
reachable by walking along a mountain path. The village
also serves as the start point for trekking to Kolahoi
glacier. Another long trek for the serious trekker is to
Sonmarg, which can be covered in 3 days! Besides, the
valley is also known to be a good site for camping.
Instead of taking the regular pony ride it is recommended
that tourists explore the surrounding valley on foot to
get a full sense of its beauty.
Located on the way to Chandanwari, the valley was named
Betaab after the Bollywood movie by the same name! Earlier
known as Hajan Valley, after the release of the movie, it
was renamed as major part of the movie was shot here.
Set amid picture perfect environs complete with snowcapped
mountains, gurgling streams, colorful willow trees & the
warm sun; making it an ideal for an artist’s canvas! The
valley is a walk-able distance from Pahalgam.
The crystal clear & chilly water of the stream bubbling
down from the snowy hills is a delight; locals here drink
this water too. Baisaran and Tulian Lake are few nearby
attractions that can be visited.
Amarnath yatra via Pahalgam
The famous Amarnath Yatra which takes place every year
during the month of Sawan (July to August) commence from
both the routes, of Pahalgam and Baltal. Chandanwari which
is around 15 km from Pahalgam is the starting point for
Pahalgam to Chandanwari is easily accessible by taxi. From
Chandanwari, pilgrims need to continue their Yatra on foot
or pony, which will take at least 2 days to reach the cave
and back, with an overnight stay in either Shishnag or