Deen Mohammad

BETAAB VALLEY : PAHALGHAM KASHMIR INDIA

16 km from Pahalgam lies Chandanwari which is a valley with the meandering Lidder River with gushing water and lots of waterfalls. When the Lidder valley widens over a flat land is the place which is now fondly called "Betaab Valley". Chandanwari is the starting point of the Amarnath Yatra. This region looks very similar to European resorts and is a good, idyllic campsite. Located at an altitude of 2530 meters above the sea level, this picturesque valley has all that which can attract you to its beauty. The eye catching sapphire like waters, the green fields, the meadows and the deodar trees add to the charming beauty of this heavenly valley. This place is also famous for trout fishing.

Pahalgam has four different areas to explore: a meadow above the village called Baisaran and three scenic valleys – Betaab, Chandanwadi and Aru. Baisaran and Betaab valley can be trekked to or accessed on ponies, while the other valleys are far out and need a car ride.

Betaab valley is a large picnic area with the Lidder river flowing right through it and green, snow-capped mountains forming the backdrop. Made famous because of the shooting of a Hindi film ‘Betaab’ – starring (in fact, introducing) Sunny baba and Amrita Singh – the area is quite gorgeous and beautifully maintained. A paved walkway runs around the perimeter of the meadow and plenty of trees provide many shaded spots for visitors to picnic under.

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