Suppose one morning you wake up to see the sun shining on the snow-clad mountains, the lush green meadows spreading out aimlessly to a distance that your vision can cover, some white and black sheep grazing on the field.
And when you walk out of your house into the open, you feel the freshness in the air; the pollution-free air; your mind starts feeling at once light & refreshed. Will it not be great? Well, this is not some dream of distant past. You can actually experience such a lifetime feeling if you have ever gone to the Betaab Valley.
Betaab Valley, previously known as Hagan or Hagoon Valley, is situated at around fifteen kilometres from Pahalgam, Anantnag District in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, India. It is located in between the two Himalayan Ranges- Pir Panjal and Zanskar. The valley came to be called Hagoon until 1983, but after the release of the movie Betaab this valley became popular as ‘Betaab valley’. The Majority of the scenes of this blockbuster Bollywood movie starrer- Sunny Deol & Amrita Singh were shot in this valley after which the valley got its new name; i.e. ‘Betaab Valley’
Natural Beauty of the Valley
Located at around 8000 feet from the sea level, Betaab Valley provides you with the unique combination of natural enigma and man-made beauty. Beautifully bordered by the Lidder River, the valley comes up with untainted natural sceneries that would appeal to most nature lovers. The river carefully parts itself into two streams forming an island in between before joining again into the main flow. The crystal clear water lures you to have a taste of the divine sublime beauty. The mountains are decked with willow, Apricot, Deodhar and pine trees. The valley is home to a plethora of exotic flora and fauna that’ll enthral you with their variety, changing colors and complete harmony with the purity of the Natural ambience.
The man-made features include the differently coloured cottages, the bridges and the long narrow snaky paths and lanes cutting across the quiet wooded pine forests. Although situated along side one of the best tourist spot in the world, Betaab valley scores equally as Pahalgam when it comes to scenic beauty. You just need to pay a meagre amount as the entry fee for the valley and once you step into the place, a mystic sense or positive energy encircles you in no time.
History of the valley
The Betaab valley has an illustrious historical significance. It was a part of the great Mughal Empire and has got several references in many of the literary works dating to that period. Sultan Ghiyas-ud-Din Zain-ul-Abidin, better known by his courtiers as the greatest local King that has ever ruled Kashmir, had a stronghold on this place and the people here are just a reflection of his good nature. They are cordial, helpful and come with a friendly attitude which gives you a back-at-home feeling.
Weather of the Valley
The weather condition prevailing at Betaab Valley is pleasant during the summer. Winters do get a bit chilly but that is quite common at such high altitudes. The lush green meadows, the chilling water, long pine trees with the sunrays making their way through the gaps- all these mesmerizing features have lured many film directors to shoot their movies at the backdrop of the Betaab Valley.
Cuisine & Accommodation
The cuisine is wonderful and you will get fantastic hotels & wooden cottages at a fairly low price. Over the years, this place has been enthralling the tourists and those who have ever visited Pahalgam can never go without visiting the Betaab Valley. So what are you waiting for? You just need to pack your bags, get your camera ready, and just set forth to make one of the memorable journeys of your life.