Aru is a tourist spot in the Anantnag District of Jammu & Kashmir, India. It is located around 12 from Pahalgam, 11 km upstream from the Lidder River. Noted for its scenic meadows, lakes and mountains, it is a base camp for trekking to the Kolhoi Glacier and Tarsar Lake. 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).
The Betaab Valley is located at a distance of 15 km from Pahalgam in the district of Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir. The valley owes its name to the film stars Sunny Deol-Amrita Singh hit debut film ‘Betaab’. The valley lies to the northeast of Pahalgam, in the middle of Pahalgam and Chandanwadi, and is characterised by lush green meadows and snow clad mountains. Betaab Valley is an immensely popular tourist destination, besides being a favourite stop for camp travellers and those looking to trek and explore the mountains further. Also not to be missed are the nearby lakes of Baisaran and Tulian.
Often dubbed as ‘Mini Switzerland’ because of its long dark meadows resembling the ones in Switzerland, Baisaran is an eye-catching meadow, located just 5 km away from Pahalgam. The dense pine forest that gives the green carpet look to the meadow provides a contrasting hue to snow-capped peaks of the surrounding mountains. A major tourist place to visit in Pahalgam, a voyage to the meadow is truly a treat for the senses. Additionally, Baisaran is also an ideal campsite for trekkers who want to move further up to Tulian Lake. Accessible through ponies from Pahalgam, this off-beaten track of Jammu and Kashmir tourism offers panoramic sights of the town and Lidder Valley.
Situated at a height of 3353 meters above sea level is Tulian Lake, a beautiful and scenic spot among the several icons of Jammu and Kashmir tourism. Though there are several tourist places to visit in Pahalgam but the allure of this pristine water body is unmatched. The lake lies amidst the Zanskar and Pir Panjal Mountain ranges and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks that are normally 300 meters above its level. Mainly covered with snow, Tulian Lake expedition is an ideal way to experience the charm of Kashmir valley. Its way from Baisaran is full of challenges with no marked trekking trails and with some tough heights to scale. Travelers can either access this tourist sight from Pahalgam, which is about 16 km away from Tulian Lake or can trek down its location from Baisaran, which is just 11 km away.
Picturesque snow-fed Lidder River is a 73 kms long river in the Kashmir region of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The river flows through the scenic town of Pahalgam and is one of the important attractions of the region, where adventure enthusiasts can enjoy angling, trekking and rafting. Considered as one of the important tributaries of the Indus River, Lidder River is the main source of water for Anantnag and its nearby areas, which is only accessible via trekking. The beautiful Lidder Valley from which the river derives its name adds to the scenic beauty as the peaceful environs of the valley rejuvenate your tired mind, body and soul. Take a walk along the Lidder River and if you want to enjoy angling here then do remember to bring your own equipments as they are not available here. Other than that you may visit Kolahoi Glacier.
Mamleshwar is considered to be an ancient temple that probably dates back to 400 AD. It is located at just a mile away from Pahalgam town. This temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and stands across the Kolahoi stream up towards the mountain. According to legend, this is the temple where Ganesha was placed as door keeper not to allow anyone to enter the temple without his permission. Mam Mal means don't go, and thus it is also known as Mammal temple. Tourists from across the world throng the temple during their holidays in Pahalgam.