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How To Reach Chandanwadi

Reaching Chandanwadi: A Guide for Every Traveler

Nestled in the heart of Kashmir, Chandanwadi is a scenic spot that serves as the base camp for the Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage. But even outside of pilgrimage season, Chandanwadi offers stunning Himalayan views and a chance to experience the beauty of Kashmir. This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to reach Chandanwadi, from choosing your route to picking the perfect mode of travel.

Understanding Chandanwadi Location:

Chandanwadi is roughly 16 kilometers away from the town of Pahalgam in Kashmir. It’s important to note that Chandanwadi is the end point for motorable roads. From here on, if you’re undertaking the Amarnath Yatra, you’ll need to proceed by foot.

Reaching Chandanwadi

1. From Srinagar to Chandanwadi

Distance: Approximately 90 kilometers

Travel Time: 4-5 hours

There are no direct routes from Srinagar to Chandanwadi. Here’s the most common way to get there:

Option 1. You can hire a taxi from Srinagar that will take you directly to Chandanwadi. The journey takes around 4-5 hours depending on traffic conditions.

Option 2: Car + Taxi – If you’re driving to Srinagar, you can park your car in the town and then hire a local taxi to cover the Srinagar-Pahalgam leg (around 80 kilometers, 3-4 hours) and another taxi from Pahalgam to Chandanwadi (16 kilometers, 30 minutes).

2. From Pahalgam to Chandanwadi:

Distance: 16 kilometers

Travel Time: 30 minutes 

This is the final leg of your journey by road. Here are your options:

Taxi: The easiest way to reach Chandanwadi from Pahalgam is by hiring a taxi. Local taxis are recommended on this route as they are familiar with the terrain.

Shared Taxi: You might find shared taxis operating on this route, especially during peak tourist season. This can be a budget-friendly option, but be prepared for slightly longer travel times.

Important Considerations:

Road Conditions:

Be aware that road conditions in Kashmir can vary depending on the season. It’s advisable to check the latest updates before your trip, especially during winters when snowfall can disrupt traffic flow.


If you’re planning to undertake the Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage, obtaining the necessary permits beforehand is crucial.


Chandanwadi is located at a high altitude (around 2,890 meters). Be prepared for cooler temperatures and possible altitude sickness. Acclimatization in Pahalgam for a day or two is recommended before starting the trek to the Amarnath Cave.

Additional Tips:

  • During peak tourist season (Amarnath Yatra period – June to August) is best time to visit Chandanwadi, booking your accommodation and transportation in advance is advisable.
  • Carry warm clothing and comfortable shoes, especially if you plan on exploring the surrounding areas.
  • Be mindful of the environment and avoid littering.

By following this guide and considering these additional tips, you can plan a smooth and enjoyable journey to Chandanwadi. Remember, the breathtaking scenery and the fresh mountain air will make your trip worthwhile

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