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Betaab Valley, Pahalgam Overview

Previously known by the name of Hagan Valley or Hagoon, the Betaab Valley in Pahalgam is a breathtaking combination of picturesque surroundings that is encircled by mountains full of tall deodar trees and pine forests, with the Lidder River flowing right through it. The valley is located at a distance of 15 kilometres from Pahalgam in the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir in northern India. The valley got its more recent and attractive name from a famous Bollywood movie that was shot here and has been attracting a large number of tourists ever this. The Bollywood connect of the valley, coupled with the scenic views that the place offers, have made the area a popular tourist destination.

The valley falls between Pahalgam and Chandanwadi on the way to the Amarnath Temple Yatra and is one of the three angelic valleys of Pahalgam, the other two being Aru and Chandanwadi. Sprawling fertile pastures, snow-capped mountains and meandering streams are characteristic of this valley and add to the aesthetic appeal of this place. Apart from being well-known for this stunning landscape, the valley is also a renowned as a famous trekking base and camping site for travellers who want to explore the nearby regions or set out for the Amarnath Yatra.

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History of Betaab Valley

The Betaab Valley, a part of the Kashmir region, was ruled by the Mughals since the 15th century. In the latter part of the 15th century, the Turko-Mughal Military General- Mirza Muhammad Haidar Dughlat ruled here, first on behalf of Sultan Said Khan of Kashgar and then on behalf of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. The valley was then known as the Hagan Valley or Hagoon. After the popular Bollywood movie 'Betaab', starring Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh was shot here, the valley came to be known as the Betaab Valley.

Bollywood Connection of Betaab Valley

The Betaab Valley has been linked with the Indian film industry since years. Other than being featured in the movie Betaab, scores of other films have been shot here including Aarzoo, Kashmir Ki Kali, Silsila, Kabhi Kabhi, Satte Pe Satta and the more recent films such as Rockstar. This link between the valley and the films shot here especially appeal the tourists.

Things To Do at Betaab Valley

1. Tourists visit the Betaab Valley mainly to witness the picturesque scenes here. The valley is rich in pine and deodar trees, colourful huts, Walnut and Willow trees and a plethora of other colourful flowers. Along with that, you can also find lots of species of birds chirping around.
2. The Betaab Valley is also an ideal place for horse riding. You can hire horses by the hour and enjoy the fun-filled rides.
3. The valley is also a popular campsite of travellers from America and Europe, as it also serves as a base for trekking and further exploring the mountains.
4. The half an hour walk along the river Leddar here is also a good option. You can also view the majestic Amarnath mountain range in the backdrop. An island on Lidder, a one and a half kilometre walk from the valley, is full of willow trees and is a pleasant place to be at.
5. Local Kashmiri dresses are available on rent for just INR 60 per dress, so do not forget to rent a dress and get yourself clicked amidst the beautiful valley.
6. There is an amusement park for kids as well, wherein they can enjoy fun rides.
7. Baisaran and Tulian Lake are the few nearby attractions that you can visit too.

Best Time To Visit Betaab Valley

The beauty of the Betaab valley is when it snows, so ensure that you visit the place latest by July when the mountains are still snow-capped. During the offseason, the place becomes just like another ordinary park with rivers flowing and mountains around.

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