Aru, Jammu and Kashmir

Aru 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.[3]

Aru Valley
Aru Valley
Aru is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Aru is located in India
Coordinates: 34°5′27″N 75°15′48″E / 34.09083°N 75.26333°ECoordinates: 34°5′27″N 75°15′48″E / 34.09083°N 75.26333°E
StateJammu & Kashmir
Community development block in IndiaKhoviripora (Pahalgam)
Elevation2,414 m (7,920 ft)
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Postal Index Number
Census code00222700[2]


The Aru valley is noted for its scenic meadows.[4][5] It is popular among the tourists for its peaceful environment and scenic beauty.

The village is a base camp for trekkers to the Kolahoi Glacier, the Tarsar-Marsar lakes and the Katrinag valley. It is also a base for the treks to Lidderwat, the Vishansar-Kishansar lakes and Kangan.[6][1] The Kolahoi is the largest glacier in the Kashmir Valley, and is located near Mt. Kolahoi (5425m), the highest peak in the Valley. A number of hotels, restaurants and huts are available for boarding and lodging.

There are about 20 alpine lakes, peaks and meadows around the Aru Valley. In the winters, when Aru receives heavy snowfall, skiing and heliskiing are practiced. Other popular tourist activities include fishing of trout in the Lidder river, trekking, hiking, horse riding, sightseeing and photography.

Overa-Aru Biosphere Reserve

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 km2.[7] The altitude ranges from 3000–5425 m above the sea level.[8] It is famous for several rare and endangered species.[4]

Entrance to Aru Village

Entrance to Aru Village


Landscape at Aru Valley

View of Aru Village enclosed by snow clad mountains from top of Birzamal


  1. ^ a b M.S. Kohli (1 April 2004). Mountains of India: Tourism, Adventure, Pilgrimage. Indus Publishing. p. 205–. ISBN 978-81-7387-135-1. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Census codes for Kashmir Division" (PDF). J&K Energy Development Agency (JAKEDA). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 November 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  3. ^ Sharad Singh Negi (1991). Himalayan Rivers, Lakes, and Glaciers. Indus Publishing. p. 34. ISBN 978-81-85182-61-2. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Anantnag: Pahalgam". Anantnag District Administration. Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  5. ^ Parvéz Dewân (15 January 2004). Parvéz Dewân's Jammû, Kashmîr, and Ladâkh: Kashmîr. Manas Publications. p. 149. ISBN 978-81-7049-179-8.
  6. ^ "Tarsar Marsar Twin Lakes Pahalgam Trek By Kashmir Treks". Kashmir Treks. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  7. ^ "ENVIS Newsletter: State Environment Related Issues, J&K" (PDF). Directorate of Environment & Remote Sensing. March 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 October 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  8. ^ "Dachigam Management Plan pdf" (PDF).
Hill station

A hill station is a town located at a higher elevation than the nearby plain or valley. The term was used mostly in colonial Asia, but also in Africa (albeit rarely), for towns founded by European colonial rulers as refuges from the summer heat, up where temperatures are cooler. In the Indian context, most hill stations are at an altitude of approximately 1,000 to 2,500 metres (3,300 to 8,200 ft); very few are outside this range.

Lidder Valley

The Lidder Valley or Liddar Valley in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India, is a Himalayan sub-valley that forms the southeastern corner of the Kashmir Valley. The Lidder River flows down the valley. The entrance to the valley lies 7 km northeast from Anantnag town and 62 km southeast from Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. It is a 40-km-long gorge valley with an average width of 3 km.

Tarsar Lake

The Tarsar Lake or Tar Sar is an almond-shaped, oligotrophic alpine lake situated in the Kashmir Valley, specifically in Aru, Anantnag district, Jammu and Kashmir, India.


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