Located 95 km from Srinagar at a height of 7200 ft, Pahalgam, known as the ‘Valley of Shepherds’, is a famous hill station in Jammu and Kashmir where many films have been shot. Standing at the confluence of Lidder river and the Sheshnag lake, Pahalgam is surrounded by thickly wooded pine forests, breathtaking vistas of meadows and the snow-clad Himalayan mountains. The surrounding mountains contain many beauty spots and over 20 lakes to which countless guides and horsemen are more than keen to take you for a ride.
The best hiking often starts 12km away in Aru, a tiny village set beautifully amid the foothill peaks. Though Aru hibernates from November to March, in summer it’s an easy place to find guides and horses or to simply wander off by yourself into magical upland landscapes. Taking its name from the Sunny Deol-Amrita Singh hit debut film Betaab, the Betaab valley is situated at a distance of 15 kilometers from Pahalgam in Anantnag district in India’s northernmost state of Jammu and Kashmir. It falls between Pahalgam and Chandanwadi and is en route Amarnath Temple. The valley surrounded by lush green meadows, snow clad mountains and covered with dense vegetation. Betaab Valley is also a favourite campsite of travellers as it also serves as a base camp for trekking and further exploration of the mountains. The valley is a walk-able distance from Pahalgam. The crystal clear & chilly water of the stream bubbling down from the snowy hills is delightful. Other than the pony ride, Pahalgam offers white water rafting for the adventure lovers.
The beauty of this picturesque place is beyond words and is mostly depicted in our Bollywood movies. One must take time to roam around in Pahalgam and stay here for at least a night. A must visit in Kashmir travel itinerary.