Location of Lidder Valley
Lidder Valley is situated in the administrative region of Pahalgam tehsil, of Anantnag district in Jammu and Kashmir.
Geography of Lidder Valley
Lidder Valley has vast geographical extent with a sub Himalayan valley that forms the north-eastern corner of the Kashmir Valley. The Lidder River flows down the Kashmir Valley.
Entrance of Lidder Valley
The entrance to Lidder Valley lies seven 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 kilometres.
Extension of Lidder Valley
Lidder Valley is bordered by Kashmir Valley to the west, and Sind Valley to the north, and covers a length of 40 km. Lidder Valley has a maximum width of five km. The Lidder basin is surrounded on the south and southeast by the Pir Panjal Range, on the north by the Sind Valley and on the northeast by the Zaskar Range. The Lidder drainage basin has an area of 1134 square kilometres. It is formed by the flow of the Lidder River which flows within a Y-shaped valley, upstream of Pahagam the river diverges into the East Lidder and the West Lidder. The East Lidder of which reaches eastwards from Pahalgam up past Chandanwari and flows from east to west starting in the area of Sheshnag Lake and the Shisram Glacier. The West Lidder originates from the Kolhoi Glacier and runs through green coniferous forests through many alpine meadows.
Economy of Lidder Valley
Lidder Valley provides fresh water supply to other districts and irrigation for agriculture. The Lidder River flows through the entire valley passing several natural landmarks and tourist spots, including Aru, Pahalgam, Betab Valley, and Akad. The main towns in the Lidder Valley are Mandlan, Laripora, Phraslun, Ashmuqam and Seer Hamdan. Tourism in Lidder Valley is one of the major landmarks in the economy of this region.
Tourism in Lidder Valley
Lidder Valley offers the natural beauty of Lidder River, the short part of Kashmir valley, Pahalgram, Aru, Betab Valley and many places. Trekking in Lidder Valley will be the awesome experience of any traveller. Lidder Valley formed over millions of years as the Lidder River cut into the Himalayan Mountains. So, it adds to the natural beauty. Today, the river continues to deposit sheets of sand in the lower areas of Anantnag District of Jammu and Kashmir. Lidder Valley has many glacier-fed streams, and the tributaries of the Lidder River are home to different types of trout. Lidder Valley is the natural habitat of the Himalayan black bear. The Himalayan brown bear, musk deer and snow leopard have also been spotted in the Aru and Lidderwat areas, which are close to Dachigam National Park, another top searched tourist location in this region.
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