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Chandanwari, Pahalgam Overview

Chandanwari, located 15 km from Pahalgam, is the starting point of the famous Amarnath Yatra. It is also famous for the snow sledging on a snow bridge. The place is perfect to enjoy a picnic with your family and enjoy the natural beauty.

Pahalgam is a popular hill station in Anantnag district of Jammu & Kashmir. It is a very famous tourist destination, and many tourists visit the place every year. It is located on the banks of Lidder River. Chandanwari is best recognised as the place where the Bollywood movie "Betaab" was shot. Many modern facilities have come up here for the visitors. Treks in this region begin from Pahalgam, as the 35 km trail crosses through pinewoods to the Kolahoi Glacier.

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Local markets in Chandanwari

Local markets are full of fun for the food lovers and shopaholics. There are shops of exquisite Kashmiri handicrafts. People who are interested in ancient artefacts and embroidery will surely enjoy the place.

Sightseeing and other activities at Chandanwari

It is considered one of the most beautiful picnic spots for tourists. People can enjoy white water rafting there. Apart from it, there is an ancient temple, Mamal Shiva Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva situated nearby. The famous Kolahoi Glacier is also there which is presently a hanging glacier and an interesting sight to view. Trekking can be done up to the Lidder Valley to enjoy the beauty of this glacier.

Best Time To Visit Chandanwari

April to mid June is the best time to visit Chandanwari.

Stay Near Chandanwari

It is best to stay at Pahalgam, at a short distance from Chandanwari, as it offers numerous choices for accomodation.

Food At Chandanwari

While the platters at Chandanwari might not exactly stand out, Pahalgam and Srinagar have countless options and will have you indulge in a rich variety. The local preparations that you can enjoy in the nearby area include Matschgand (minced lamb meatballs in spicy red gravy), Kaanti (lamb pieces in red hot gravy, usually eaten as a snack and not part of the main course main course). Other popular items are Modur Pulaav (Sweet Pulao, usually as a dessert), Muj Gaad (Fish with Radish), Nadir-Haaq/Gogji/Monji (lotus stems cooked with Spinach or Radish), Marcha-wangan korma and Syoon Olav (Meat with Potatoes cooked in spicy gravy)

Tips For Visiting Chandanwari

Be sure to get your permits early so that your trip will be a smooth one.

How to reach Chandanwari

  • Air: The nearest aerodrome is Srinagar. You can hire a taxi from the airport to reach Chandanwari.

  • Rail: Jammu is the closest station to Chandanwari after which there are plenty of tour operators to guide you.

  • Road: Cabs from Srinagar and Jammu are available for Pahalgam, and should take you to Chandanwari, only 16kms away.

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