Aharbal lies in the Kulgam district’s Noorabad Area of Jammu and Kashmir. It is located on the Veshu River, a tributary of the Jehlum River, in an alpine valley covered in pine and fir trees within the Pir Panjal mountains, 18 km It lies at an altitude of 2266 metres above sea level.
Aharbal is known for its waterfall, Aharbal Falls, where the Veshu falls noisily 25 metres and 7 metres through a narrow gorge of granite boulders. Aharbal Falls are also referred to as the Niagara Falls of Kashmir, owing to the volume of the water that falls. According to a report, the water volume would be sufficient to generate 100 MW of hydroelectricity. The terraces leading to the falls are fenced, but care must be taken to avoid slipping.
Aharbal is a base for adventure tourism. The Veshu River is stocked with trout. The fishing permit can be obtained from the Fisheries department stationed at Aharbal. The alpine meadow of Kungwatan lies at the halfway point of the two-day trek to the high-altitude Konsernag Lake, which is the source of the Veshu. Other activities include horse riding, photography, and skiing during winter. The Aharbal Development Authority, a government agency responsible for development in Aharbal, has built tourist infrastructure including huts and a cafeteria, and other lodging and boarding facilities have also been made available.
How to Reach:
District Kulgam does not have an airport. Nearest airport is Srinagar Airport (SXR), Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir. Kulgam 68km away from srinagar.
The nearest railhead is at Anantnag. Instead of Kulgam you can a get a train to Anantnag on regular basis. Kulgam is 19 km away from anantnag railway station.
There are regular buses from Srinagar to Kulgam. Tourists can avail of taxi from srinagar and reach the aharabal in a short while.
For a comprehensive list of hotels as well as online reservation, please see Jammu and Kashmir Tourist Development Corporation website. Office Tel: 0194 2502274 , 0191 2549065