The Road that leads to ‘Betaab Valley’
Pahalgam, this nature’s abode is situated at a distance of ~96kms from Srinagar. Pahalgam has a lot more to it than beautiful resorts, serene view from window and Switzerland point (every tourist spot has this Switzerland point claimed to give you the best feel of the place)!!! And before you know it, you are surrounded by the bhaiyas with horses ready to take you to that point. Anyways this write-up is dedicated to this fascinating and spellbinding place called ‘Betaab Valley’ 🙂 It is as wonderful as it sounds.
This ride was part of our 5 days trip to Srinagar in August 2012.
We began our bike ride from Srinagar in the morning, the roads were still quite and clouds serene. There was some checking at few points, the army is stationed at almost every place in Srinagar but they don’t trouble tourists. The road is breathtaking as the Srinagar is located in the valley, fortunately there’s straight road & hence it saves time 🙂 Lidder river keeps moving along as if it’s leading the way, we crossed many hamlets on route & stopped at few points to interact with the locals & have the legendary ‘Kahwa’.
We discovered lot of beautiful gardens and interesting points, took beautiful shots, rested a bit & kept on moving. We touched Pahalgam in about 2.5 hours; it was explicit as the place was full of resorts & restaurants (typical tourist spot!!). We just skipped these points (Oh yeah, we stopped at the petrol pump there), kept moving & found some solace (without a lot of tourists around and the bhaiyas with Horses, some relief!!!).
It was so freaking hot that day, we both got tans but the water was so chilly that it was difficult to stand bare feet for 20 seconds!!! We spent around an hour chatting, relaxing & continued our bike ride. I mentioned earlier the roads are so amazing; it was long romantic bike ride 🙂 which we wished to continue forever.
Agog Heart at ‘Betaab Valley’
Then we reached the legendary ‘Betaab Valley’, this is quintessential factor to your trip to Pahalgam. The valley got its name from the Sunny Deol-Amrita Singh hit debut film Betaab; since then so many more movies have been shot here including Ranbir Kapoor’s Rockstar!!! But according to us its ‘Betaab’ because it just leaves you craving for more, it’s such an amazing place you cannot satiate yourself in short span of time.
We spent almost 2-3 hours at this place, moving around, playing in the crystal clear water, exploring as much as we wanted to, taking brilliant shots and had a small picnic too.
Reluctantly we began driving back to Srinagar before it was too dark, it started raining out of nowhere but it was still a lot of fun to be out on the roads in the lap of the nature and great experience which we won’t give away for anything.
You can choose to take a cab or car too but nothing beats bike ride, cheerios 🙂