Betaab valley is located in Pahalgam which is around 2 hours drive from the capital city of Srinagar. Pahalgam is actually a town that is very picturesque and also quiet. You can either visit the town via Anantnag or via Srigufwara. The drive way between Srinagar and Pahalgam is also worth enjoying since you get to travel through the fields of Apple orchards and Saffron.
Apart from Betaab Valley, some other places of interest in this town and in the vicinity are Aru Valley and Chandanwari. Chandanwari is a popular tourist spot in Pahalgam and is very near to the town, only 15 km. There is a huge glacier here which is worth taking a look. You can also take the Amarnath Yatra from here which is around 30 km via trekking.
Betaab Valley is located on the way to Chandanwari. Earlier it was known as the Hajan Valley and changed its name to Betaab after a bollywood movie by the same name, which was shot here extensively. This valley is located next to a stream and is surrounded by mountains with snow caps all over. There are also many gorgeous willow trees all around that makes for a colorful and pretty picture.
The streams flow directly from the hills and the water is crystal clear and very chilly. In fact the local people of the villages around the stream drink water directly from the stream. The Aru Valley on the other hand is a beautiful tourist spot in Kashmir. The roads that lead to Aru Valley are also beautiful altogether. If you just wish to explore the beauty of the place, you can go on foot and relax while enjoying the beauty of the place.
Aru Valley is a paradise for the trekkers. If you wish, you too take trek through the valley to reach Sonemarg within the next 3 days. Sonemarg is located on the other side of the mountain. Back to Pahalgam, you can shop to your heart’s content at the local art shops that sell different handcrafted items, suits, shawls and other wooden artifacts.
Coming back to the capital city of Srinagar, you should not miss the magical stay at a houseboat on the Dal Lake. In fact it is the face of tourism in Kashmir. All the houseboats are anchored in the Dal lake and if you wish to travel across the lake, you have to opt for a ride on a Shikara.