Betaab Valley :
Betaab valley is situated at a distance of 07 kilometers from Pahalgam in Anantnag district in India’s northernmost state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is located mostly in the Himalayan mountains, and shares borders with the states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab to the south. 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. Betaab Valley is covered with lush woods of pine and deodar, and overlooks snow-laden peaks.
This is more developed as Nature Park with tall trees and river flowing in between the park. This place is well maintained with river flowing through the valley. Encircled by mountains featuring deodar and pine forests, Betaab Valley is a perfect gateway to enjoy the heavenly pleasure of Mother Nature. The valley is characterised by picture perfect views and is a kind of popular picnic spot for tourists to arrive. Resting between two major mountain ranges, Pir Panjal and Zanskar, Betaab Valley acts as a base for trekking to other major mountain ranges. While here, you can alsoexplore nearby tourist places like Tulian Lake and Baisaran.
How to Reach :
Betaab Valley is 7 km from pahalgam. Pahalgam is well connected from Srinagar (95 km) by road. The nearest Airport is in Badgam District which is well connected with major cities of India. The nearest Rail Head is at Jammu (255 kms.) Hire taxis or buses from here.
Aru Valley :
Aru is a tourist spot in the Anantnag District of Jammu & Kashmir, India. It is located around 12 km from Pahalgam, Noted for its scenic meadows, lakes and mountains, it is a base camp for trekking to the Kolhoi Glacier andTarsar Lake. Here horse is available to climb up the valley. You can also climb up and see the beauty of green valley. It is popular among the tourists for its peaceful environment and scenic beauty. Like other villages of Kashmir this too is acclaimed for its glistening lakes, meadows and ice-capped that it looks upon.
Visit the land of adventure with no pre-conceived notions because this place is surely going to give you a lot of surprises. Explore the exotic flora and fauna that makes Aru Valley unique and famous as a hot spot for bio diversity best known to mankind. The village is a base camp for trekkers to the Kolahoi Glacier, the Tarsar–Marsar lakes and the Katrinag valley. There are about 20 alpine lakes, peaks and meadows around the Aru Valley. In the winters, when Aru receives heavy snowfall, skiingand heliskiing are practiced. Other popular tourist activities include fishing of trout in the Lidder river, trekking, hiking, horse riding, sightseeing and photography, Breathtaking beauty and interesting activities like trekking, hiking and horse riding make it one of the most popular tourist places to visit in Pahalgam.
If you are in winter months or early summer then this total valley will be full with snow. In peak summer months you can get green valley only. However snow will be available in distance peaks. On the way to Aru valley you will be passing through various picnic spots and the zoo. While returning or going towards Aru valley you can visit the zoo.
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
How to reach :
The closest airport is that at Srinagar which is situated at 95 kms from Pahalgam. Aru Valley is 12 km away from Pahalgam. The Jammu Tavi railway station is situated closest to Pahalgam. Once you de board the train, there are plenty of buses and cars available to Pahalgam. Well connected to Srinagar and Jammu by roadways, Pahalgam can be very easily accessed why buses and taxis. There are also luxury vehicles available.
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