The famous waterfall at Aharbal is located some 75 kms from Srinagar and towards the south. By its dimensions the fall is not what can be called a gigantic one, just some 20 metres or so. However, the volume of water that comes crashing down on the rocks below does amuse one. Topography resembles to other tranquil villages of Kashmir.
While visiting Aharbal, what is more entertaining is the trip itself. While reaching the place, the apple orchards of Shopian look quite pleasing. The road curves in loops just before the fall and descends sharply. The roaring water at the fall is quite fascinating and one can directly 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 amusement, the trout fishing. The water isn’t too deep and trout fishes breed in small rock crevices. There is an office of the fisheries department that offers permits. The stretch extends for several kilometers.
Aharbal is also famous for trekking as the treks leading to the beautiful lake called Kounsernag. Treks alongside the lake in the Pir Panjal range are quite popular among the trekkers. The most pleasing features remain to be the tranquility of the place, the beautiful stream running through the region, small hamlet and coniferous trees.
There are few lush meadows at Aharbal and one among them called Kungawatan is very popular. 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 hillside, landscapes and orchards reveal some fantastic faces of the nature.
Aharbal is ideal for the day visit as there are no deluxe hotels and accommodation facilities. Also food can be a problem for travelers and it is recommended to carry eatable while traveling to this place. So far as real amusement is considered, trekking, angling and photography are the best activities to engage in.