Aharbal

Aharbal

The most popular, highest and massive waterfall of the Kashmir Valley is Aharbal. It  is located some 75 kms from Srinagar, and towards the south. Considering its dimensions, the fall is not what one can name as a gigantic one, just some 20 metres or so. However, the volume of water that comes crashing down on the rocks below does takes the breath away.

 

The trip itself to Aharbal is the most entertaining in itself, as in the way, the apple orchards of Shopian appear considerably delightful. The road curves in loops just before the fall and then descends sharply. The roaring water at the fall is immensely captivating and you can immediately make it up to the edge of the fall which is formed by hard granite boulders. The stream that flow just 50 m from the fall is known for yet other recreation, the trout fishing as the trout fishes breed in small rock crevices and The water isn’t too deep. There is an office of the fisheries department that offers permits. The stretch extends for several kilometers. Aharbal is renowned for trekking and the treks steer to the beautiful lake called Kounsernag. Treks alongside the lake in the Pir Panjal range are quite popular among the trekkers. The most delightful characteristic remain to be the tranquility of the place, the gorgeous stream coursing through the region, small hamlet and clumps coniferous trees. There are few lush meadows at Aharbal and one among them called Kunga watan which is very prevalent.

Aharbal can be reached either taking the Pulwama Shopian road or taking the Anantnag road. As was mentioned earlier,the entire trip is plasing filled with all kinds of surprises. The hill side,landscapes and orchards reveal some fantastic faces of the nature.

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