Pahalgam from srinagar, Betaab valley, Aru valley and Lidder river are the Main attraction of tourism in Kashmir travels for Summer vacation, Holiday today, Amarnath yatra. Travel to natural areas, which conserves the environment and improves the welfare of local people. It is tourism based on the natural attractions of the area. Examples include bird watching, photography, stargazing, camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, and visiting parks.
Pahalgam Kashmir, includes:
Pahalgam is a popular Kashmir tourist destination and a hill station. Pahalgam town is located 45 kilometers from Anantnag on the banks of Lidder River at an altitude of 7,200 feet. Kolahoi Glacier, situated up the Lidder Valley, just below Kolahoi Peak is currently a hanging glacier. It is accessible from Pahalgam via Aru and is known to have extended for at least 35 kilometers.
The glacier receded by half since 1985 and it is not safe to study because it is hollow and has 200-foot-deep crevices. The area holds a rich cover of vegetation, the dominant forest consisting of conifers which account for over 90%. There are many species of rare, endangered and protected species. The main species are hangul, musk deer, serow, brown bear, Leopard, rhesus macaque, grey langur, Himalayan mouse hare, etc. Wild bears still roam much of the area, and local villagers are on constant alert for their presence.
Betaab Valley is a valley located 15 kilometers from Pahalgam. The valley got its name from a Bollywood movie Betaab that was shot here. Due to the constant threat of illegal border crossings, the Indian army is always patrolling the area and is on constant high alert. As the local population cannot carry firearms, this has saved the bears from being hunted to extinction. With the abundance of fresh trout in the rivers and local farm animals, they have plenty to eat. Monkeys also populate the area.
Betaab Valley – main attraction of Pahalgam
The area houses a good population of pheasants and upland birds apart from other species, both resident and migratory. The common birds are griffon vulture, monal, snow cock, koklas, blue rock pigeon, Kashmir roller, European hoop, jungle crow etc. Pahalgam is the headquarters of one of the five tehsils of Anantnag district and associated with the annual Amarnath Yatra.
Chandanwari, located 16 kilometers from Pahalgam is the starting point of the Amarnath Yatra that takes place every year in the months of July-August. Pahalgam is administered by the Pahalgam Development Authority, headed by a Chief Executive Officer who functions as the administrator of local town area committee.