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.