Aru Valley is a tourist spot in the Anantnag District of Jammu & Kashmir, India. It is located around 12 km from Pahalgam, 11 km upstream from the Lidder River. Noted for its scenic meadows, lakes and mountains, it is a base camp for trekking to the Kolhoi Glacier and Tarsar Lake. The village lies of the left bank of the Aru river, which is a tributary of the Lidder river.
The Overa-Aru Biosphere Reserve is located 76 km from the state capital Srinagar. It has the status of a Wildlife sanctuary, and is spread over an area of 511 km. The altitude ranges from 3000–5425 m above the sea level. It is famous for several rare and endangered species.
How to Reach Aru Valley
Aru Valley is 12 km away from Pahalgam. One can hire a private taxi from Pahalgam Taxi Stand for Rs 300 to 600 depending on your bargaining power or wait for the shared jeeps which will cost you only Rs 50 per person. The drive is exceptionally scenic, with water streams to allure you, waterfalls to enchant you, Pine and Deodhar tress that welcome you with open arms. At a distance you might see herds grazing on the grasslands and sun playing peek-a-boo with the clouds. It seems like you are in another world altogether.