As on approaches the great waterfall of Aharbal, the distant rumble turns into a roar. Dotted with delighful picnic spots this waterfall is also the starting point for intresting treks. (1 and half hour drive). pahalgam-kashmir One of the beautiful places to see in Kashmir is the AHARBAL WATER FALL.
In fact so thrilling is the beauty of this water fall that one tries to go near and near to it and keep watching it for hours together . The water fall of 24.4 metres is created by river VESHAV( VISHNU PAAD ) as it moves further down from KUNGWATTAN area to join river JHELUM or VITASTA at SANGAM (just near BIJBIHARA Bridge) . The source of River VESHAV is KOUNSER NAAG Lake . As a matter of fact there are two water falls . Another fall just fifty metres below the main fall is about 7 metres in height . The roar of this fall with mist created by water vapours looks horribly beautiful.The fall provides a potential to generate about 100 Megawatts of Hydroelectric power for this Power starved state . The water fall is about 76 kms from Srinagar city if we take a shorter route via P and Shopian . The other route is through Khannabal and Kulgam. This route is a little longer roughly 95 kms from Srinagar city . From Shopian town the actual Fall site is about 16 Kms. One has to go down just 100 well laid out steps, duly fenced to reach the fall from the car parking area of Aharbal.Entire area is being developed by Aharbal Development Authority. Restaurants , Huts for night staying , Tea stalls , and view spots are fast coming up.
The area is mostly inhabited by Gujjars and Pahari speaking people though some kashmiris also live in and around AHARBAL. Just 3 kms from SHOPIAN Town near village CHOWGAM, a road branches to BAFLIAZ ( POONCH ) . The road is known as Mughal Road.
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