A Day in Pahalgam, Kashmir – Top 5 Things to do when traveling with Kids!

A Day in Pahalgam, Kashmir

Hi friends, hope you are liking my travel posts. The weekend is here and I’m eagerly waiting for Sunday to take a break from writing & spend some quality time with family. But before that, I want to share our experience from our day in Pahalgam, Kashmir. And, today I will be sharing the top 5 things you can do with kids when in Pahalgam.

We had spent 2 days in Pahalgam, day 1 we kept for leisure and on day 2 we went exploring the charming beauty of Pahalgam. However, if you want, you can club these activities together in a single day. We had booked Kolahoi Green Resort which is located en route to Pahalgam from Srinagar. And the Pahalgam market is just 7 km from the resort.

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This resort is strategically located in the most peaceful location offering a splendid view of the mountains. And, the best part is the Lidder river flows just across the road making it a perfect resort to stay with family. We had spent most of our leisure time at the riverside.

A day in Pahalgam, Kashmir. Top 5 things to do in Pahalgam when traveling with kids

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Top 5 Things to do with Kids in Pahalgam

1- Fun Time at Lidder Amusement Park

Now, if you are traveling with young kids then you should definitely take them to this place. This fun amusement park is just 5 mins from Pahalgam & is a perfect place for young kids to play & enjoy rides. You may read more about it here!

2- Visit Betab Valley, Pahalgam

A 15 min scenic drive from Pahalgam with the Lidder river flowing by your side will take you to Betab Valley. If you have watched the famous Bollywood movie ‘BETAAB’ starring Sunny Deol & Amrita Singh then it won’t take much time to relate to the name of this valley. And, this will also make you excited to look for exact shooting locations which you could recall from the movie.

Movie poster betaab valley

Movie Poster – Betaab

My mother & husband were quite excited to explore this place. While my mother in law and I were just happy to be at such a calm and peaceful location. Nemit was happy to see all the green open space which was perfect for him to run around.

The weather in Kashmir is quite unpredictable, it can go from sunny to cloudy to windy within no time. And, when it gets windy, it gets super chilly too. Only a Maggi & chai can save you. Luckily, it was Nemit’s nap time, so he slept peacefully for an hour while we had a Maggi picnic at Betab Valley. Check out the below post for more pics!

 

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I would suggest reaching here around 10 – 11 am and spend an hour or two. Kids will love exploring this place.

3- Trek to Chandanwari Glacier

Chandanwari is a beautiful spot just 20 mins from Betab Valley. It is also the starting point of Amarnath Yatra. When we reached Chandanwari, it was already 2.30 pm and the temperature had started going down. Our driver dropped us near a small market from where we had to walk or I can say trek to the glacier point.

Trek to Chandanwari

Trek to Chandanwari

 

 

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It was a memorable experience, Nemit was enjoying the most. He just wanted to keep going even when the terrain was quite rough and we had to literally run behind him to catch up.

Nemit trekking to the glacier

Nemit trekking to the glacier

There was a completely different feel to that place. I don’t know if it was the Oct month or the time of the day but the place was extremely quiet. The only sound we could hear was our own echo in the valley or the gushing sound of the river water. The moment I took a step towards the glacier I fell in love with this place.

 

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I wanted to dance and sing and just stay there forever. I am really not able to put my exact feelings in words, but I was completely mesmerized by the beauty of Chandanwari.

Snowfall at Chandanwari, Pahalgam

Snowfall at Chandanwari

Just when we were returning to our cab, it started snowing. It was very slow and we could hardly feel it. But that added to our ecstatic mood. We decided to stay for some more time and again ordered a round of Maggi & chai for us. And, cookies & chocolate milk for the little one.

4- Drive to Aru Valley

Our next stop was Aru Valley which was an hour drive from Chandanwari. Since it was already 4 pm when we started, we knew we won’t be able to spend much time at Aru Valley. Just after 10 mins drive, it started raining heavily. And, the whole drive turned into the most delightful long drive in the hills.

We put on the music and started our own karaoke in the car. While our driver was getting worried, we were in full mood to go out and enjoy the rain. And, as soon as we reached Aru valley, the weather took another turn, and now we could see the rain and the hail together. Even that could not stop us.

Aru valley, pahalgam

Crazy We!

For me and my husband, it was the perfect moment to go out and feel the chills. And, we did that exactly. In that extreme weather, we walked a few meters to the valley and clicked pictures. That’s crazy we!

Aru valley

At Aru Valley

Nemit was missing all the action since his grandmothers didn’t let him go with us. Poor baby! But on our way back when it stopped raining and the sky changed colors, we stopped once again.

At Aru valley, pahalgam

Posing in rain & hail!

It was a small viewpoint from where one can have the complete view of Lidder valley. And, click click, how could we not take pictures with such a stunning landscape in the background.

Lidder Valley viewpoint

Family Pic

If you can make to Aru Valley before 4 pm and if the weather permits, it’s a beautiful valley to spend some leisure time with family.

5- Leisure Time by the Lidder River

We were lucky that we booked Kolahoi Green Resort in Pahalgam, it was the best place we could book considering its location. And, how could we not walk down to the riverside for some lovely family time? Read more about it in my next post here.

 

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So, that’s all about spending a day in Pahalgam & the top 5 things you can do with kids. I hope you liked reading our experience. And, if you plan a day in Pahalgam, you know what all you need to include in your day-itinerary.

Do share it with your friends and family. I am signing off now, see you guys tomorrow!


Today is Day 11 of #BlogchatterA2Z and the letter of the day is ‘K’. My theme for the challenge is ‘Traveling with kids’ & I have chosen K for Kashmir. 



You may read all my posts under BlogchatterA2Z here!


 

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14 Comments

  1. Nidhi KM April 23, 2019 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Seems like you have had a blast there. Photos have come up so nicely. Loving the scenery and the freshness that is being showcased

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      Neha Sharma April 23, 2019 at 8:20 pm - Reply

      Oh yes, it was an awesome trip. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  2. Silja Nair April 23, 2019 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    I just loved reading your experience in visiting pahalgam. After reading it i just feel to call my hubby & tell him lets go to see this place, about which neha has mentioned in her blog. I want to see all this 5 places..

    • mm
      Neha Sharma April 23, 2019 at 8:15 pm - Reply

      Aww, that’s so sweet of you. Thank you so much.

  3. Pooja budhiraja April 23, 2019 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Beautiful post on pehalgam , locations, pictures and videos. It seems you had great time with your family there

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      Neha Sharma April 23, 2019 at 8:14 pm - Reply

      Thanks a lot, Pooja 🙂

  4. Farha Shaikh April 23, 2019 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    This is such an informative post , the best is you’ve given a mix of all activities which will keep all age groups engaged and will enjoy to the fullest

    • mm
      Neha Sharma April 24, 2019 at 12:46 am - Reply

      I am glad you find it informative, thanks a lot, Farha 🙂

  5. Akanksha April 23, 2019 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    Seems like you have been travelling a lot lately . Good that you share so many tips for travelling with kids. My son is 5 year old and it really helps if I have few pointers.

    • mm
      Neha Sharma April 24, 2019 at 12:44 am - Reply

      We traveled extensively last year, so just sharing a few of our experiences. Thank you, Akanksha 🙂

  6. Bushra April 23, 2019 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    Seems like perfect guide to explore activities in lap of pehalgam. In love with the natural beauty of the pehalgam

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      Neha Sharma April 24, 2019 at 12:43 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Bushra 🙂

  7. Khushboo April 23, 2019 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    All the clicks are amazing. This blog post is really helpful for parents who can plan with their kids.

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      Neha Sharma April 24, 2019 at 12:42 am - Reply

      Thanks, Khushboo 🙂

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