Aharbal Waterfall Kashmir
Aharbal the pine- covered mountains of Pir Panjal range, the boisterous waters of Vishav river tumble down straight 25 metres below at Aharbal creating a sault. This famous waterfall is located in the south Hesperian part of the clough in Kulgam district, some 75 kilometres from Srinagar at an altitude of 2266 metres above sea level. The sheer volume of water that comes crashing down on the quiet below is enough to make its rout audible from a distance. The serenity all around pronounces the sound of waterfall to deafening decibels as one nears it. Of late arrangements have been made for visitors to make it up to the edge of the fall, thus infusing adventure into the sightseeing of Aharbal waterfall. It is also referred to as the Niagara Falls of Kashmir, owing to the volume of the water that languishes down. The source of the water lies deep in the pine and fir woodland in the form of gorgeous Kounsarnag Lake (13,500 ft above sea direct). Aharbal acts as the starting point for trek to Kousarnag Lake which passes through stunningly beautiful elevated valleys and meadows. All along the way wild flowers, gigantic alpine wood, roaring waters of Vishav and myriad wildlife invigorates the trekker. Famous for its scenic fashion, Aharbal has wax a well known excursion spot for school children and the locals who throng the place when plain areas witness sweltering temperatures.
The meadow of Kungwatan lies at the halfway point of the two-Time journey to the high-altitude Konsarnag Lake. Surrounded on all sides by crass canopy of raw alpine trees, the meadow is a calm and tranquil place, mostly uninhabited during summertide by the Bos herders. One can even enjoy angling in the Vishav stream for trout fishes. All it needs is just a halieutics permit which can be obtained from the Fisheries department stationed at Aharbal. HOW TO REACH Aharbal is smoothly accessible from Srinagar and lies eight 8 km near of the Mughal Road that connects Srinagar and Poonch. It takes about 2 hours by car or bus via Pulwama and Shopian to reach there. It is 18 km south of Shopian town and 28 km far from Kulgam. An alternate route leads to Aharbal via Kulgam, Aharbal Development Authority, trustworthy for development in Aharbal, has shape excursionist infrastructure including huts and a cafeteria here. Besides, lodging and boarding facilities are also available.
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