Chandanwari Overview

Situated at an altitude of 2895 metres, Chandanwari is a mesmerising valley in Pahalgam. This popular destination is famous for offering a tranquil atmosphere and beautiful scenery. Another reason for the popularity of this destination is that it is the starting point for Amarnath Yatra. 

The valley offers surreal views of the snow-capped mountains and the Lidder River. It is an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts, photographers and adventurers. 

The Chandanwari Glacier is a popular hotspot in this valley for sledging. It is a must-try activity in Chandanwari that will surely make your trip even more memorable. There are also several other exciting activities that you can try including horse riding, hiking, snowboarding and skiing. Additionally, there is a small local market from where you can purchase souvenirs to cherish your trip. Chandanwari is surrounded by various popular attractions that you can include in your tour such as Betaab Valley, Aru Valley, Sheshnag Lake and Mamleshwar Temple. 


• Unwind yourself amidst the serene views of Chandanwari, a popular destination in Pahalgam.
• Explore the gorgeous valleys on a pony for a fun and memorable experience. 
• Indulge in adventure activities such as hiking, snowboarding, sledging and skiing.
• Shop for souvenirs from the local market of Chandanwari to cherish your trip in the future.
• Visit nearby popular attractions such as Betaab Valley, Aru Valley, Sheshnag Lake and Mamleshwar Temple.

How To Reach

By Road: Chandanwari is located at a distance of around 83 km from the city centre of Srinagar. From Srinagar, you can take a taxi to Pahalgam which takes around 20 hours via the NH501 route. Once you reach Pahalgam, you can hire a local taxi for your final destination, Chandanwari. Outside taxis are not allowed to enter the premises of Chandanwari. 

By Air: For a more luxurious experience, you can also take a helicopter from Srinagar to Pahalgam. The helipad ride not only offers stunning aerial views but also eliminates the need of a long road journey. You can either choose a one-way journey or a round trip depending upon your itinerary. Once you reach the Pahalgam helipad, you can take a short walk covering approximately 600 metres to Chandanwari. 

Best Time To Visit

Chandanwari is an all-year-round destination, offering memorable experiences throughout the year.

Best Season: Visit Chandanwari during the summer season, starting in March-April to experience pleasant weather conditions and comfortable temperatures. 

Best Day of the Week: You can visit Chandanwari during weekdays if you wish to avoid the crowds of the weekend.

Best Time of the Day: You can plan your visit to Chandanwari any time of the day depending on your itinerary. 

Other Essential Information

Visitor Tips:

1. Wear comfortable and sturdy shoes as you will be required to walk a lot.

2. Carry jackets even if you are travelling in the summer season as it can get cold at night.

3. Maintain the serenity and the cleanliness of the environment by disposing of garbage in the dustbins.

4. Make sure to bargain while purchasing souvenirs as the localities tend to increase the prices for tourists.

5. Carry essentials like ID proofs, sufficient cash and first aid to avoid any inconveniences. 

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