Aru Valley
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  • anand
    Gurugram (Gurgaon), India89 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Average place,
    This is 45 mins drive from pahalgam with not so good road. Quite an average place if you have visited a few other options (Sonmarg, Doodhpatari etc). Good for tracking in case you prefer to hike and even can go further to green top or Kootpathri. Need a hard bargain with Pony people as they ask anything (across Kashmir) and hard to bargain. Definitely, they charge a lot more than what it is worth. River Point is quite nearby and good to visit in case you go there. you can walk on your own till that point very easily. Aru Valley also has a short paragliding experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Ria1104
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India617 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the Best Hill Stations in India
    I have seen many hill stations in my life but Aru Valley was one of the most beautiful one. The green meadows, high mountains and the Lidder river with its full flow made the place magical. Aru was the start point of our Tarsar Marsar trek so we stayed there overnight. The place was much colder than Srinagar in the mid of July. If you are in Srinagar during this part of the year then do not miss Pahalgam or Aru Valley. The strong flow of the Lidder River amidst the lush green meadows will just mesmerize you. It will give you a glimpse of how the views will get during the lower altitudes of the famous treks in Kashmir. I would suggest you to avoid the tourist spots and just roam amidst the random meadows if you want to avoid crowd. There was a bridge where the river flow looked amazing and we were the only ones there in the evening. In case you are staying in Aru overnight, then I strongly recommend trekking for a km towards Lidderwat (you do not need to entirely go to Lidderwat) up to the lush green meadows. But beware, as this section has a steep ascend so will recommend it only if you are fit enough to climb. Few things to note: In case you are travelling by Srinagar cab the local syndicate will stop your car and demand money per person Rs 25 per day to enter Aru Valley from Pahalgam. Local cabs of Pahalgam were exempted from this. Also if you are visiting here during Amarnath season, then try to cross the checkpost and enter Pahalgam in the first half (same is true for return) as the checkpost will close in the second half preventing transfer of people to and fro between Pahalgam to Srinagar.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 2 August 2023
  • DRSANDHIR
    Chandigarh, India125 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit
    stunning surroundings beautiful valley. so much of greenery and scenic beauty. Daisy flower beds. everything is so good but as usual over crowded in season and poor eating facilities. even there is no proper place to sit and relax specially for elderly. Better to take your own food.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 August 2023
  • VineetMe
    Gurugram (Gurgaon), India67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another fantastic place in Kashmir
    Along with betaab valley this is another great place to visit. It is 12 to 13 kms from main Pahalgam. The road is in bad shape but the good news is that it is being repaired (albeit slowly). Here too, you can take a horse ride up the valley or you can trek it yourself. We are not so physically active but we managed to trek up. Took us 30 odd minutes. The trek and the valley view is just awesome. There are more places to visit from the base valley, we did not visit all. Best time to visit is in mornings. Sitting besides the river and dipping feet in the snow melted cold water was just fantastic.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Vishal Bhargava
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates239 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Journey is more beautiful than destination
    Aru village is a tourist village which is located around 12 kms from Pahalgam. The journey from Pahalgam to Aru village has probably the best views of the Valley, beautiful meadows, mountain, lakes and river on one side. Sometimes the journey is more beautiful than the destination, which is applied for this road trip. The village is the bank of Aru River and has beautiful views all around. Must visit place when travelling to Kashmir.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 September 2023
  • Debashis T
    Dehradun, India1,711 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The least beautiful valley
    The least beautiful valley One thing in whole Kashmir I like is the fixed rate of taxi in Pahalgam.No bargaining and you have to choose your type of vehicle according to price, but most of the time they say that lower end vehicles are not available and you have to take SUVs, which costs you 3200/- for 3 spots(Betaab Valley, Chandanwari and Aru Valley).Betaab Valley and Chandanwari is in same route and worth seeing. But you may skip Aru Valley. It is on another route, long distance nothing to see there. Here to mention that in Pahalgam, you can’t take your cab from Srinager to visit places in Pahalgam.You have to take local taxis like in Sonamarg. Aru Valley is the last scenic village of the Lidder Valley.On the way to valley, you see the spots which are there in the list shown by cab driver for whole day visit of Pahalgam.So no need to take a whole day visit.The vechicles are parked at some distance.River Point is quite nearby and good to visit. You can walk on your own till that point very easily. Why I wrote you can skip it as most places are fenced off.The place where people are allowed is too crowded.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 October 2023
  • Jayesh Chandra ... P
    Nashik District, India246 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breath taking
    Don’t miss this valley. And don’t go on the ponies. It is a16 km drive but worth it with 2 or 3 scenic photo shoot points. Go before the sun sets. The valley gets very dark. It is really beautiful. Words cannot describe this place.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 January 2024
  • Rashmi Bhat
    Mysore District, India11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but very beautiful. Road to this valley is even more beautiful!
    Aru valley is relatively small compared to other valleys like Betaab or Baisaran. But I must say that its worth visiting Aru skipping Baisaran! All these ABC valleys can be easily reached via Pahalgam local taxi which is hassle free. Road to Aru valley is really beautiful with snow covered mountains, crystal clear water streams everywhere. Once you reach the parking area you will have 1 hr to explore it (you can spend more time but need to pay extra to taxi). As usual, local ponywalas start bugging us saying actual Aru valley is behind which you need to go on Pony. I suggest don't bother about these sugar coated talks and just enjoy full 1 hour.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 April 2024
  • Nostalgiyeah
    Bothell, Washington1,902 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A pristine spot to savor some of the beauty Kashmir has to offer!
    A very picturesque valley tucked away in Pahalgam a few kilometers upstream of the crystal clear Lidder River, the road to reach the valley however, is not easy to navigate. But while the quality of the road is not great, the road meandering along the contours drawn by the Lidder River is extremely scenic and is a treat for the eyes. In fact I would go on and say that the drive to Aru Valley is probably a better experience than the end point itself. At the end of the drive, one will be treated to a magnificent vista of the Aru River gently flowing through with some towering Himalayan peaks in the backdrop. The views from Aru valley are quite breathtaking. Since there is some elevation gain to get to this point, the Aru Valley can be pretty chilly and more often than not, one can find snow on the ground, thus it is recommended to layer up accordingly. Even when there is snow on the ground, you wouldn't be requiring snow boots here, unless you're planning to trudge on the snow. There are a number of people offering pony rides, and saw quite a few ponies around. There is a bustling marketplace at Aru Valley - some local vendors, eateries and shops, selling things from keychains to shawls and Kashmiri punchoos.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 April 2024
  • Map My Destination
    New Delhi, India109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nature's Splendor Unveiled: A Journey to Aru Valley
    A hidden gem nestled in Pahalgam, the journey to Aru Valley unveils nature's splendor. Despite the challenging road, the scenic drive tracing the Lidder River's curves is a visual feast, surpassing even the destination itself. Arriving at Aru Valley rewards with a majestic panorama: the serene Aru River winding amidst towering Himalayan peaks. Its beauty is truly breathtaking, making the journey an unforgettable experience. Aru Valley stands as a testament to nature's grandeur, a place where every twist of the road unveils another marvel, leaving travelers in awe.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 April 2024
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Map My Destination
New Delhi, India109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
A hidden gem nestled in Pahalgam, the journey to Aru Valley unveils nature's splendor. Despite the challenging road, the scenic drive tracing the Lidder River's curves is a visual feast, surpassing even the destination itself. Arriving at Aru Valley rewards with a majestic panorama: the serene Aru River winding amidst towering Himalayan peaks. Its beauty is truly breathtaking, making the journey an unforgettable experience. Aru Valley stands as a testament to nature's grandeur, a place where every twist of the road unveils another marvel, leaving travelers in awe.
Written 13 April 2024
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Nostalgiyeah
Bothell, WA1,902 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
A very picturesque valley tucked away in Pahalgam a few kilometers upstream of the crystal clear Lidder River, the road to reach the valley however, is not easy to navigate. But while the quality of the road is not great, the road meandering along the contours drawn by the Lidder River is extremely scenic and is a treat for the eyes. In fact I would go on and say that the drive to Aru Valley is probably a better experience than the end point itself. At the end of the drive, one will be treated to a magnificent vista of the Aru River gently flowing through with some towering Himalayan peaks in the backdrop. The views from Aru valley are quite breathtaking. Since there is some elevation gain to get to this point, the Aru Valley can be pretty chilly and more often than not, one can find snow on the ground, thus it is recommended to layer up accordingly. Even when there is snow on the ground, you wouldn't be requiring snow boots here, unless you're planning to trudge on the snow. There are a number of people offering pony rides, and saw quite a few ponies around. There is a bustling marketplace at Aru Valley - some local vendors, eateries and shops, selling things from keychains to shawls and Kashmiri punchoos.
Written 11 April 2024
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Rashmi Bhat
Mysore District, India11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Aru valley is relatively small compared to other valleys like Betaab or Baisaran. But I must say that its worth visiting Aru skipping Baisaran! All these ABC valleys can be easily reached via Pahalgam local taxi which is hassle free. Road to Aru valley is really beautiful with snow covered mountains, crystal clear water streams everywhere. Once you reach the parking area you will have 1 hr to explore it (you can spend more time but need to pay extra to taxi). As usual, local ponywalas start bugging us saying actual Aru valley is behind which you need to go on Pony. I suggest don't bother about these sugar coated talks and just enjoy full 1 hour.
Written 10 April 2024
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NayantSavani
Mumbai, India783 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Our first encounter in Kashmir with lots of snow. Spread over and the valley was too beautiful. we enjoyed the views and took photos from every angle.
Written 24 March 2024
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Jayesh Chandra ... P
Nashik District, India246 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Don’t miss this valley. And don’t go on the ponies. It is a16 km drive but worth it with 2 or 3 scenic photo shoot points. Go before the sun sets. The valley gets very dark. It is really beautiful. Words cannot describe this place.
Written 11 January 2024
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Mark S
Jersey, UK17 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Horrid place. Surrounded by such beauty and wilderness, this is literally a fenced off field, full of rubbish. You are dropped off by your taxi, run the gauntlet of pony ride salesmen, only to end up in grassy area surrounded by fences, with a load of other bemused people. Avoid this place, and seriously, pick up some rubbish, it is disgusting.
Written 22 December 2023
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Debashis T
Dehradun, India1,711 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
The least beautiful valley
One thing in whole Kashmir I like is the fixed rate of taxi in Pahalgam.No bargaining and you have to choose your type of vehicle according to price, but most of the time they say that lower end vehicles are not available and you have to take SUVs, which costs you 3200/- for 3 spots(Betaab Valley, Chandanwari and Aru Valley).Betaab Valley and Chandanwari is in same route and worth seeing. But you may skip Aru Valley. It is on another route, long distance nothing to see there. Here to mention that in Pahalgam, you can’t take your cab from Srinager to visit places in Pahalgam.You have to take local taxis like in Sonamarg.
Aru Valley is the last scenic village of the Lidder Valley.On the way to valley, you see the spots which are there in the list shown by cab driver for whole day visit of Pahalgam.So no need to take a whole day visit.The vechicles are parked at some distance.River Point is quite nearby and good to visit. You can walk on your own till that point very easily. Why I wrote you can skip it as most places are fenced off.The place where people are allowed is too crowded.
Written 28 October 2023
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Harsh Pratap S
New Delhi, India85 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
A valley in it's truest sense, very picturesque, Surrounded by great snow views,
The drive to the valley in itself is very beautiful.
There were very few tourists there at the time, an experience not to be missed.
Written 25 October 2023
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ashiq a
Leh, India32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Aru valley is nature’s friendly Palce, is u haven’t did any trek before, you can easy try here to trek in up the valley where u will get to see best view of valley, I did with my kids aahil and aariz which are in the age of 8 and 4 years . You will feel the best moments of kashmir here .
Written 2 October 2023
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Vishal Bhargava
Dubai, United Arab Emirates239 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Aru village is a tourist village which is located around 12 kms from Pahalgam. The journey from Pahalgam to Aru village has probably the best views of the Valley, beautiful meadows, mountain, lakes and river on one side. Sometimes the journey is more beautiful than the destination, which is applied for this road trip. The village is the bank of Aru River and has beautiful views all around. Must visit place when travelling to Kashmir.
Written 29 September 2023
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