Achabal Achabal is situated at a distance of 58 km from the district of Srinagar, at an altitude of 1677 mtrs. Achabal is the most beautiful spring in Kashmir valley, which gushes out of the Sosanwar hill, is a visual treat for the eyes and was once enlisted by the emperor Jehangir in the service of beauty and pleasure. It is said that the Breng river which disappears at Dewalgam in the fissures of the limestone is the real source of the Achabal spring.
Achabal is about 7 kilometres away from Anantnag. The place is famous and attractive due to an ancient spring surrounded by a garden terraced and developed by the Mughals. The place has got some historical background also. The upper portion of the garden is called 'Bag-e-Begum Abad' developed by Malika Noor Jehan Begum in 1616 AD and renowned as Sahib Abad in which there is a Hamam (treasure of water) getting heat from a logical lamp (Tosnag).
Being at one and half hour drive distance from Srinagar, a tour to Achabal is the best one day trip place to witness the nature, charming Mughal architecture, it is the perfect weekend getaway from Srinagar.
Laid following the Persian style of gardening, one of the most popular styles of the Mughal era, the Garden is a riot of colors while sparkling waters gush out of exquisitely designed fountains. The garden which is built on the foot of a hill is surrounded by a spell binding array of tall Chinar trees, which add a special touch of regality to the still stately Mughal Gardens at Achabal. A tour to Achabal during autumn is made even more special when these Chinar Trees turn red, it is a rare view which cant be experienced anywhere in India.
While visiting Aharbal , what is more entertaining is the trip itself. Aharbal is a tourist destination in the south-western part of Kashmir Valley in about 75 km south of Srinagar at an altitude of 2266 metres above sea level. 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.
Aharbal is known for its waterfall, and is referred to as the Niagara Falls of Kashmir, owing to the volume of the water that falls. Besides this there are few meadows nearby Aharbal and one among them called Kungawatan and is very popular.
Aharbal is also base for adventure tourism. Like Trekking, Angling, Camping and Fishing can be experienced here. From Aharbal trekkers take route leading to the beautiful lake called Kounsernag which is a two day trek. And also Treks alongside the lake in the Pir Panjal range are quite popular among the trekkers. The fishing permit can be obtained from the Fisheries department stationed at Aharbal.
How to Reach:
Aharbal is easily accessible from Srinagar and is about 75 kms drive from Srinagar, and only 8 kms from the Mughal Road that connects Srinagar and Poonch.