Day 2: Srinagar - Pahalgam - Srinagar :
Srinagar – Pahalgam – Srinagar (88km).
Pahalgam,To the east, 99 Kms from Srinagar is a small valley romantically fascinating and one of the loveliest spots in Kashmir- Lidder Valley with its crown spot Pahalgam, deservingly one of the most popular tourist resort. Ringed by fir clad mountains and youthful roaring Lidder of clear icy water running through offers a very personal and bridges span the valley. Enroute the visitor comes across saffron field and bubing brooks abounding with trout uphill.Uphill, Zigzag road running parallel to the rock-bedded murmuring Lidder makes the 96 Kms.drive by cab.Pahalgam GAM the excellent base for longer treks and is the right place for the anglers.Lidder offers one of the finest trout fishing in Kashmir.
Local Sightseeing in Pahalgam – Aru - Chandanwari - Betaab Valley (on your Own): -
Chandanwari: Chandanwari, situated at a distance of 16 km from Pahalgam, lies at an elevation of 2,923 m. Famous for its snow bridge, this location serves as the starting point of the Amarnath Yatra 3952mtrs.The holy cave is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva.The ice lingam formed by water droplets,symbolises Lord Shiva.People visit the Holy Cave during the scheduled yatra period.Yatries can hire a pony or Dandy from (Nunwan) pahalgam.
Distance of Stopers from pahalgam are chandanwari - 16km, Pissu top - 19.6km, Sheeshnag - 25.6km, Panjtarni - 40.2km, Holy Cave - 46.7km.
All stopers have facilities from tents to medical camps and langars.the trek is covered in 2 to 3 days.This Hindus pilgrimage is believed to be the discovery of a Muslim shepherd named BUTTA MALIK who's descendants still receive a percentage of the donation made by pilgrims.The state government organizes yatra generally during June to August depending upon the Hindus calender (Sawan Purnima).
Aru : Aru is a resort village 11km from Pahalgam,a famous trek via Lidderwat leads to the Kolohoi Glaciers (36km) at an altitude of 3,400 mtrs.Here,you can have a glimpse of Kolohoi peak,5370 mtrs.Another trek from Lidderwat leads to the most desired twin lakes,Tarsar 3704mtrs & Marsar 3788mtrs (2-3 days trek).Tulian Lake (14km) at an altitude of 3353 mtrs is a full day trek via Baisaran.The steep terrians leads to a magically crystal clear lake where one would love to stay for a long.
Betaab Valley: Betaab valley is situated at a distance of 15 kilometers from Pahalgam in Anantnag district in India's northernmost state of Jammu and Kashmir. The valley got its name from the Sunny Deol-Amrita Singh hit debut film Betaab.The Valley is towards northeast of Pahalgam and falls between Pahalgam and Chandanwadi and is en route Amarnath Temple Yatra. The valley surrounded by lush green meadows, snow clad mountains and covered with dense vegetation.
Chandanwari / Aru / Betaab Valley on your own ( as srinagar cars are not allowed beyond pahalgam).
Overnight stay at srinagar.