Aharbal Falls is in 75 kilometers from Srinagar and is in the south western part of Kashmir.
It is known as the Niagara of Kashmir.
From Srinagar, the journey will take 2 hours. Recommend to take it early in the morning and the drive was scenic and you would be welcomed by the breathtaking views of the alpine valley covered in pine and fir trees within the Pir Panjal mountains. The Veshu River, a tributary of the Jehlum River, runs through the valley, adding to its charm.
Aharbal is a magnificent waterfall with emerald blue water cascading down from the top, flowing into the Veshu River.
The path to the waterfall is well-laid out for the safety of visitors and the climb is not very steep, making it easily accessible for all. One can spend around 2 hours at the waterfall, walking down from the entry gate to the viewing area.
One can also stay at Aharbal for the night at JKTDC rest house located near the waterfall. The rest house was well-maintained and can have a comfortable stay. The next day, one can take a stroll around the area, the meadows, pine and fir tree forests, and the snow-clad mountains.
In conclusion, Aharbal Waterfall is highly recommended to all nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. It’s a real hidden beauty of Kashmir Valley and a must-visit if you’re in the area. I would also suggest visiting this waterfall during the rainy season or after instead of visiting popular tourist destinations like Sonmarg and Gulmarg, which were a disappointment during our visit in July. Trust me, you won’t regret visiting this breathtaking waterfall!