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Aru Valley, Pahalgam Overview

Juxtaposed against the snow-covered Himalayan peaks, Aru Valley is an enthralling village in Kashmir. One of the most popular valleys in Kashmir, it is the base camp for visits to the huge number of lakes, meadows and peaks around it like the Kolhoi glacier and the Tarsar lake. The village of Aru lies beside the Aru river, a tributary of the Lidder river. The Aru valley is noted for its scenic meadows. Most tourists come here for areas of peace and quiet in the lap of nature. Aru is a great place for family outings because it has beautiful resorts and activities for all kinds of people. The locals truly make you feel at home with innumerable cups of Kaah'wa and by taking you sightseeing.

Located 12 km from Pahalgam, despite being a small village Aru Valley is captivating with its scenic meadows and activities like horse riding, hiking and trekking. This place is an excellent choice for people looking to spend their holidays in luxury as well as those looking for some adrenaline pumping adventure. 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. Aru is one of those places which simply leave you in awe of nature, beckoning you to visit it time and again!

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Best Time To Visit Aru Valley

The climate in Aru valley for most of the year is beautifully pleasant, a pleasant surprise, given its location.

Stay Near Aru Valley

Staying at Aru valley is a better option if you treasure nature as an experience, and enjoy scenic beauty in silence. The Milky Way guest house offers beautiful cottages and is one of the most preferred staying options here. Rohella is another very popular one.

Activities At Aru Valley

There are about 20 alpine lakes, peaks and meadows around the Aru Valley. In the winters, when Aru receives heavy snowfall, skiing and heli-skiing are practised. Other popular tourist activities include fishing of trout in the Lidder river, trekking, hiking, horse riding, sightseeing and photography. While in Aru Valley, do take time to just sit in the meadows and soak the pristine beauty of the place. You will enjoy the solitude here like no place else.

Food At Aru Valley

While you might not find any local specialty or highlight in the cuisine here, some of the hotels and resorts can be seen offering basic and popular Indian and Chinese preparations. One might chance upon some local preparations as well, especially in the nearby towns.

Restaurants Near Aru Valley

One can find a number of hotels and restaurants at the valley.

Sample Itinerary For Aru Valley

Various packages will be available at the hotels you will be staying at. One of the best packages available is one including Aru valley, and Betab valley. ECO cars are available to transport you there, and the whole trip costs about 1050 INR for these two points. Prices are negotiable. It takes a total of 3-4 hours if you are staying at nearby Palgham, but it will take less if you are staying at Aru itself. Places like Chandanwadi can be visited if you visit anytime other than winter. Baisaran and Kashmir valley can be explored on Pony as well.

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

  • Air: The closest airport is that at Srinagar which is situated at 95 kms from Pahalgam.

  • Rail: The Jammu Tavi railway station is situated closest to Pahalgam. Once you de board the train, there are plenty of buses and cars available to Pahalgam. This journey will take about 8 hours by car and 12-14 hours by bus.

  • Road: Well connected to Srinagar and Jammu by roadways, Pahalgam can be very easily accessed why buses and taxis. There are also luxury vehicles available.

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