Natural Springs and Water falls
The famous waterfall at Aharbal is located some 75 kms from Srinagar and towards the south of Kashmir. 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 isnâ€™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.
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Location : 79-km From Srinagar, Kashmir
Also Known As: Papashudan Nad Or Sin-Cleansing Springs
Houses: A Botanical Garden And A Rose Garden
The great Mughal historian, Abul Fazi, has chronicled for posterity the benefits of the sweet water spring of Kokernag. This beneficent gift of nature is still regarded as having extraordinary healing powers and the sick are brought here for treatment by its waters, and solitude. Kokernag is also known therefore, and most aptly, as "Papashudan Nag" or Sin-Cleansing Spring.
Kokernag, which lies 79-km from Srinagar has as it's setting at an altitude of 20,12 meters, a botanical and rose garden, where a myriad varieties of flowers and shrubs perfume the air. The spring gushes out of the base of a thickly wooded hill from where it separates into channels, which bear an uncanny resemblance to the claw-foot of a hen, hence its name.
Kokernag, whether it is to drink of its curative waters or breathe in the fragrance and quiet beauty of its gardens, remains one of the loveliest of all the springs in this verdant valley.
Accommodation is available at well furnished cottages and rooms at reasonable rates. Easily accessible excursions can also be made to Daksum, Achhabai, and Verinag
Location : Kothar District, 78-km South East Of Srinagar Via Anantnag, Kashmir
Named After: Nila Nag, Son Of Kashyap Rishi
Rebuilt In: 1620 By Emperor Jahangir Verinag
One of the largest springs in India, Verinag, which lies in the Kothar district, is 78-km southeast of Srinagar via Anantnag, and is easily accessible through a bypass from the Jammu-Srinagar highway.
Named after "Nila Nag", the son of the wise saint, "Kashyap Rishi" who reclaimed the Kashmir valley, the original shape of this spring was in the circular from of a 'Kund' in 1620 the Emperor Jahangir had the shape changed into the traditional Mughal octagonal. The spring, which has a circumference of 80m, is enclosed today by a brick wall under which are vaults.