Nestled at an elevation point of 2,895 meters above sea level, Chandanwari is situated on a motorable road, around 16 km from main Pahalgam. Blessed with Goddess Nature in its full bloom, the valley is mainly known as the starting point of he sacred Amarnath Temple expedition, which is an annual event held during the months of July – August. Along with special significance, this pristine valley is also known for its snow bridge and serves as an excellent hiking destination among the troves of Jammu and Kashmir tourism.
Whether you like a rejuvenating and off-track destination for your honeymoon or want to explore the eternal beauty of Pahalgam, Chandanwari is an ideal stopover to unwind in the lap of nature. Sheshnag Lake and Panchtarni, the two beautiful spots en route to Amarnath Temple, are just 12 km and 23 km away from Chandanwari respectively.
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.
Here, you can have a glimpse of Kolohoi Peak, 5370 mtrs. Another trek from Lidderwat leads to the most desired twin Lakes, Tarsar 3794mtrs & Marsar 3788 mtrs (2-3 days trek).
Best Time/ Season to Aru Valley
Aru Valley has a cool and pleasant climate in summers and very cold climate in winters and the best season for tourism is from March to November.
- Winters (October to February) are chilly and snow bound. The minimum mercury level goes below sub zero levels and the region mostly covers receives fresh snowfall. The views of the landscape are excellent with snow covered hilly terrains.
- Summers (March to June) are warm and pleasant. The temperature in this hilly region ranges between 11°C and 25°C. Intermittent showers are seen during this period. There is no snowfall but snow can be found on high altitudes. Best for Amarnath Yatra
- Monsoons (July to September) are very scanty. The region becomes highly humid during this period.
- The summer months in Pahalgam are cool but not chilly with warmth in the atmosphere. The hill resort is best for vacations in this period. It is good for all tourist activities, adventurous activities and pilgrimage related to Amarnath Yatra. Winters in Pahalgam offer snowfall with subzero climate. It is not good for sightseeing, but is good for honeymoon and winter sports.
Earlier known as Hagan Valley or Hagoon, Betaab Valley got its present name after the blockbuster Bollywood movie ‘Betaab’ was shot there in 1983. A combination of picturesque surroundings, the valley falls on the way to Amarnath Temple Yatra and is one of the three angelic valleys of Pahalgam; the other two being Aru and Chandanwadi.
Encircled by mountains featuring deodar and pine forests, Betaab Valley is a perfect gateway to enjoy the heavenly pleasure of Mother Nature. The sights of colouring beds of flowers amid the lush walnut and willow vistas make the entire panorama quite stunning casting a spell of magic on this land of eternal beauty. The experience is even more heightened by the musical whispers of several birds. Being a precious jewel of Jammu and Kashmir tourism, Betaab Valley is among a handful of Pahalgam tourist places to visit that should not be missed. Situated at a walking distance from the main center of Pahalgam, the valley is also an excellent camping site for trekkers and explorers.
Pahalgam is recognized as one of the most beautiful hill stations in India.It is located in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The cool and tranquil weather and the serenity that reside in Pachmarhi, makes this place a paradise for the holiday makers. Pahalgam is situated at an altitude of 2,133 metres amidst lofty deodars, fir, pine, junipers and many other conifers. The place gets lively during the tourist months of the summer, as well as during the weeks before the Amarnath Yatra, as the base for a big annual pilgrimage to a cave of an ‘ice-lingam’.
There is something about the pure and re-vitalizing air of Pahalgam. Perhaps dense pine and cedar forests make it oxygen rich. Limited accessibility makes it an ideal getaway from the grind of daily life and professional stress.
Pahalgam has been a major place for Bollywood cinema shooting.The town is at the junction of the Aru and Sheshnag Rivers and surrounded by mountains with bare, snow-capped peaks rising behind them. The Aru flows down from the Kolahoi glacier beyond Lidderwat while the Sheshnag from glaciers along the great Himalayas.
If you visiting Pahalgam during winters, enjoy the view of the snow all around. Frozen Pahalgam give access to the skiers. Snow skiing is a major draw during the winter season, especially from the months of December to late February. There are large number of places of attraction, which are worth visiting during your tip to this amazing destination. Some of the major attraction includes Baisaran, Hajan, Chandanwari, Panchtarni and many others. You can put up camps at this place and spend some time amidst the nature.
You can spend some time indulging in various activities. Horse riding, golf, fishing, trekking and hiking are largely undertaken by the tourists during their visit to Pahalgam. Shopping is a great fun at this place. Shop for products made from wool, Gaddas and Namdas from the local shops.