Aru Valley is a small beautiful and yet self-sufficient scenic village located 15 km from Pahalgam. The location of the village among the snow capped peaks and grasslands make this place a tourist delight. Aru is a grassland surrounded by a gorge on one side. It is 12 km from Pahalgam. It is a beautiful shaded valley of the Lidder river, the mountains of which are covered with Pine and Deodhar Trees. Encircling and protecting Aru, are the conifer- spread mountains with occasional flash of high, snow-covered peaks rising against the blue sky. Aru is one of the most beautiful hill resorts of Kashmir and is still, serene and idyllic. There are small hamlets of wood-and-stone houses, some of them in the typical Gujjar-shepherd style with flat roofs, squat and backed against the hillside. Towering at a height of approximately 2408 meters, it follows the shepherds' trail to the high Kashmiri meadows.
Well connected by roadways, you can easily reach here by buses and taxis. Jammu Tawi is the closest railhead to this place. You may then travel by shared taxis, or buses. Sheikh-ul-Alam Airport or more commonly known as the Srinagar Airport is the nearest airport to this place.