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Time Required : 1-2 days

Best Time to Visit : Sightseeing - July to September
Skiing - December to February

Entry Fee : INR 25 per person for Aru Wildlife Sanctuary

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Aru Valley, Pahalgam Overview

Juxtaposed against the snow-covered Himalayan peaks, Aru Valley is an enthralling village in Kashmir. Located around 11 km from Pahalgam, it is the base camp for trekking to the Kolhoi Glacier and the Tarsar-Marsar Lake. Aru lies beside the Aru river, a tributary of the Lidder river, and is known for its scenic meadows and activities like horse riding, hiking and trekking.

During the winter months, Aru Valley becomes a winter wonderland covered with snow as far as the eyes can see. This makes it a perfect place for skiing. There is an entry fee for Aru Wildlife Sanctuary but it doesn't have any fauna.

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Tips For Visiting Aru Valley

1. The horse owners will flock you and quote a high price for the horses claiming that it featured in the movie "Bajarangi Bhaijaan". However, don't be fooled and bargain properly before starting the ride.
2. If opting for activities like skiing, make sure to confirm price beforehand.
3. If you want to explore the place in a cab, you need to hire it from the marketplace in Pahalgam. Outside taxis are not allowed in Aru Valley.
4. Wear comfortable shoes as you need to walk a lot in Aru.

How to Reach Aru Valley

Located around 12km from Pahalgam, one can easily hire a taxi to reach Aru Valley. The taxis are easily available from Pahalgam taxi stand. On reaching Aru, one can walk and trek around or take a pony ride.

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