For sure Nandishool the fall of the water has been created by the invisible hands of a supreme artiste!
-‘ To be honest I’m an ordinary man perhaps born with ordinary tastes because be it the special child or an ordinary one the nectar given by mothers is the best and the gifts of mother nature we all love. Born in mountains I didn’t have to go Disney lands’ or Essel Worlds or water parks which are trending but I played around in the mountains seeing them almost every day, perhaps I was born to see them rather than going down into the plains to see the man made creations in other words artificial. We the people born in a natural world are lucky to see such kinds of marvels everyday but the extraordinary pay to come here. I think that is the difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary. We see mother nature’s gifts very live and the latter in scenic paintings or pictures framed on walls’!
-‘Ask a child prodigy in Union Territory to name the ten best waterfalls in the world. Trust me the answer would be spot on and the reply would be, Sutherland falls, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand, Plitvice waterfalls, Northern Dalmatia, Croatia, Dettifoss, National Park, Iceland, Gullfoss, Haukadalur, Iceland, Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park (California), USA, Kaieteur Falls, Potaro River, Guyana, Angel Falls, Canaima, Venezuela, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada / New York, USA, Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia / now Zimbabwe and Iguazu Falls, Puerto Iguazu, Argentina / Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. But ask him about Nandi Shool waterfalls in District Poonch somewhere in the Pir Panjals, the answer trust me would be a blank face!’
-‘ There is definitely something special about waterfalls. They make great rhythmic sounds backed by some great ear thudding bass so the watchers should not feel sad for their tears as rocks never regret the waterfalls. They love them, therefore a waterfall cannot be silent, just as wisdom! When they speak, the voice of power speaks! Nandi Shool never is silent, it keeps reminding us that the waterfall rises with a splash acting as a catalyst for the humans. If you want to enjoy the scenic extravagance of these great mountains then better be at this waterfall. But remember that beauty and joy only lie in the eyes of the beholder and this waterfall is one created by the invisible hands that paint on the canvas prepared by themselves!’
If you are there at the locale where this waterfall makes its presence felt and be rest assured that this place Nandi Shool winks at every passerby or a watcher, the cold and crystal clear water, it falls gently on the sleeper, cleansing the mind and soothing the soul. It is exciting because it has the power, it has the rainbows, it has the songs, and it has boldness and craziness! So be there, trust me you will love it!’
We cannot know everything about a place in case we do not love to travel. This is what the ancient travelers did. Men like Xuanzang (Huein Tsang), Marco Polo, Vasco Da Gama, Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, Ferdinand Magellan, James Cook, Jeanne Baret, Charles Darwin, Ibn Batuta and many others to travel and search the world and that is the reason as to why we know as how the places have developed and have come to be known. Similarly people have moved around in UT Jammu and Kashmir and we can easily get into the great times of the epics Ramanya, Mahabharata and Puranas like Shiva Purana. The mythology still needs to be explored if someone has time but at the moment we all have none! Nandishool in Loran valley still needs a great exploration still, especially so do other places in sub division Surankote.
Ecotourism Sources in Poonch District’ dealing with the exploration of natural, religious, historical and cultural sources of Poonch District still need a great deal of studying to get into the real time facts. Some places of interest in Poonch viz; Noori Chhamb, Nandishool, Dehra ki Gali, Behramgala, Mandi, Loran, Valley of Surankote, Girjan Dhok, Nandan Sar, Tatakuti peaks, Mughal road, Pir ki gali and Dehr. While Noori Chamb is a waterfall, near Behram Galla in Tehsil Surankote, Nandishool is another waterfall about 12 kms from the village Loran in Tehsil Mandi. Dehra ki Gali is another attraction located at a height of about 6300 feet above sea level and Behramgala is a beautiful tableland. Mandi and Loran are small beautiful villages surrounded by mountains and Surankote. But this waterfall is special.
To be honest the first time I saw it I was completely astonished by the beauty of nature. I thought that our eyes see just a small fraction of the light in this part of the world. It is a trick to make a colored world, which does not exist outside of human beings. But Gods made it such that it is simply out of the world. We know that God is everywhere; but certainly we feel His presence most when his works are on the grandest scale spread before us; and it is in the unclouded night-sky, where his worlds wheel their silent course, that we read clearest his infinitude and his omnipotence. This place does give you that feel.
Loran is a small village 35 kms. away from Poonch town and is situated at the foot of high mountains of Pir Panjal range and is another attraction for the tourists. Loran Nallah which flows through this beautiful village makes the place more enchanting to the eyes. Loran was once the capital of Poonch state under Hindu rulers upto 1542 A.D. It was then known as Loran-Kote. There are ruins of the Lohar Kote fort which was once called the Gateway of Kashmir. It is in this valley that several gems are hidden and created by Gods and one of the many is Nandishool but still far from the eyes of the humans!
Jammu region offers a number of adventure activities. But someone has to rise above the self, spend a considerable amount of time to create the circuits where such travelling activities can be held. But that needs creativity. If a trekking circuit is planned by the department of tourism, that is, if it ever is, then this unexplored place that gets everyone and anyone into hallucinations of different kinds needs to be a part of the itinerary and the adventure menu presented to the people who love the activity mentioned above.
I have travelled a lot in Pir Panjals in search of everything about which I can write upon, the slopes, the narrow hollow valleys but if seen from the top look as gorges, the thick vegetation, the gurgling streams and the roaring waterfalls. Nandi Shool, the waterfall is God’s graceful poetry told at full roar. This waterfall brings its own exceptional music and lacy white to the travelling stream. There is a power and a brilliance in the tranquility, a place of stillness even in the roar of the water. I could watch this streaming water even in my sleep, a beautiful infinite dream. Nandishool waterfall located 12 kilometres from the Loran village and 33 kilometres from the town of Poonch, Nandishool is a spectacular sight. With the view of the hypnotizing, snow-capped Himalayan peaks, this 150 feet high waterfall makes a magnificent sight. Originating from Pir Panjal and the glaciers of the region, the waterfall is a relatively unexplored site, and thus free from the throng of tourists. Quiet and peaceful, set in the beautiful lush mountain ranges, Nandishool is a tiny luxurious paradise by itself. Be there to find out the aura that it creates on the mindset of humans.
So finally how should I describe this beauty locally termed as Nandi Shool. I’m just attempting it incidentally, the waterfall was gushing over the rocks. At its widest point, it was surging and plunging down the mountain. It had a beautiful serenity-pool at the bottom. It was veneer clear. The waterfall flowed as smoothly as syrup. It was swishing over the rocks joyfully. It was thundering down into the pool like a gigantic water spout. When it toppled into the ecstasy-pool, it foamed it at the bottom. The rest of the pool was as clear as cellophane, enabling us to see down into the rocky bottom. Fronds of forest-green plants waved gently around, of course a routine exercise after a minimum of seconds. The waterfall looked like a sheet of white and blue velour as it swished down. Its edges were hemmed with whipped-white lines. It was absolutely an astonishing view and my eyes refused to blink at this celestial scene as they had been hypnotized!