Shumber Waterfall

Shumber Waterfall Margalla also has leopards

Shumber waterfall, Shahdara Village is near Bara Kahu, Islamabad

Shumber waterfall distance from Islamabad

This Shumber waterfall, Shahdara is 22 km or 40 minutes drive on a good road from Islamabad

Waterfalls near Islamabad

The waterfalls in Islamabad are 

Shumber Waterfall Islamabad directions?

I found the water fall at a 45 minutes drive from Rawalpindi.

  • You have to turn left on the Shahpur road, just before start of Bara Kahu town.
  • Go straight into the mountains.
  • the waterfalls is where all the restaurants end and the hiking track begins
  • To reach the actual waterfall, water slide, and green pond, you’d have to hike half an hour on a generally straight track.

Can women hike to this Waterfall?

Even women and children can reach the site.

Just beware of rowdy students of Quaid e Azam University in the peak summer months, bathing there.

Shumber Waterfall Google Maps location

The location and map of the Shumber waterfall are posted for your reference.

 

Shumber Waterfall

My trip to the waterfall at Shahpur Islamabad

I had never heard of Shahdara before I went there.

I had no idea there still is peace of green heaven remaining in Islamabad – but there is.

It is a light green pond of crystal clear water that collects from Margalla hills. People have still not reached there to smirch the natural beauty and wildlife.

The sounds, images, and pictures of shumber waterfall are beautiful.

Photos of waterfall can be used as wallpapers – it is that pretty

We trekked to Shumber waterfall pond, walking straight up the near-dry stream. Boulders were a little tricky but as they were dry in the spring months, there was enough foot grip over them.

The deeper we went into the ravine, the greener and peaceful it became.

One turn later we saw the waterfall that originates in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa.

The waterfall starts flowing in the summer months when the snow melts on the top.

Kids jump from the top of the waterfall into the water crucible of solid stone below.

There is a natural water slide there too that terminates into another beautiful pond.

Leopards near Shahdara Islamabad

The unregulated urban growth around the habitat of leopards of Shahdara has made them vulnerable.

The mountain leopards’ of  come to the waterfall to cool down in summers and so do people from Rawalpindi Islamabad.

Reportedly, land grabbers have cleared out natural vegetation in the area and that has reduced the game lands for these beautiful predators.

A few goats and cows have already been hunted by these leopards mostly because they fiercely protect their turf.

Shahdara village people have reported seeing one family of leopards with two cubs that roam the thick bushes at night, drinking water from the same Shumber waterfall and Shahdara streams.

At the Shumber waterfall site, I was constantly on the lookout for the renegade leopard and rogue monkeys in the bushes.

Best time to visit Shumber Waterfall?

At Shahdara, the speed of the water starts picking up in the month of March and ends somewhere in September, every year.

I wanted to hike further into the Margalla mountains where I heard is a Mughal era Check post on the mountain top complete with barracks and a well, but postponed it for a  later day.

CDA and natural beauty  of Margalla hills

The Einsteins in CDA are planning to build a concrete canal with embankments for tourists at this site.

Will someone tell them the beauty of Shumber waterfall & Shahdara stream is its natural beauty?

I wish our people would let Mother Nature be.

Restaurants at Shumber waterfall, Shahdara Islamabad

There are many restaurants at Shumber, Shahdara, near the road.

On the return journey from Shumber waterfalls, we stopped for Doodh Patti Cha (milk tea) and fries at Shahdara village, while sitting in the center of the clear water stream.

To know more about waterfalls in Pakistan, check this out.

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2 Comments

  1. Masood Qazi says:

    Really good post but things seem to have changed a lot. The locals are getting repulsive by the day and don’t entertain outsiders much. Their reasons may be justified but there have been couple of deaths and serious injuries reported due to locals resisting the visitors. Experienced the behaviour of both the locals and the visitors in my last trip here (Sep 2019).
    Still a fantastic place pretty much one hour (including the drive, hike) from main city!

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