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गांदरबल گاندربل
Ganderbal is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Ganderbal is located in India
Location in Jammu and Kashmir, India
Coordinates: 34°14′N 74°47′E / 34.23°N 74.78°E / 34.23; 74.78Coordinates: 34°14′N 74°47′E / 34.23°N 74.78°E / 34.23; 74.78
Country  India
State Jammu and Kashmir
District Ganderbal
Elevation 1,619 m (5,312 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 297,446
 • Official Urdu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Ganderbal is a tehsil and a notified area committee in Ganderbal district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India.


Ganderbal is located at 34°14′N 74°47′E / 34.23°N 74.78°E / 34.23; 74.78.[1] It has an average elevation of 1,619 metres (5,312 feet) above sea level. It is bordered by the Srinagar district in the south, Bandipore to the north, Kargil in the northeast, Anantnag to the southeast and Baramulla in the southwest. It is divided into four blocks viz, Ganderbal, Kangan, Lar and Wakoora.

Power project[edit]

The Sind River, a major tributary to the Jehlum River flows through this district. The water of the river is mainly used for irrigation, and generation of hydroelectricity. There are three hydroelectric power stations, Lower Sindh Hydroelectric Power Project Ganderbal, Upper Sindh Hydroelectric Power Project 1st Kangan and Upper Sindh Hydroelectric Power Project 2nd Sumbal generating electricity on the Sind River. Besides, the water of the river is used for drinking by Srinagar city through Rangil Water Treatment Plant.[2]


Water rafting tournaments are being organised at the tourist destination of Sonamarg every year, to boost the tourism industry of Kashmir valley. Besides Manasbal lake, Gangabal Lake[3] at the foot of Mount Haramukh is one of the destinations of foreign tourists visiting the valley. Vaishnosar Lake and Gadsar Lake are situated north of Sonamarg.


Despite the fact that in the past Ganderbal has remained CM‘s[4] constituency,[5] it is quite behind in development as compared to other districts. Now Ganderbal constituency is represented by Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar who defeated qazi afzal by a little margin of 461 votes in recently held state assembly elections 2014. The State government has now shown some seriousness towards the development of the district. The only Central University[6] of Kashmir Valley is being constructed in district Ganderbal. One Faculty, the Faculty of Forestry of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir is under construction at Benhama, with the objective to boost the economy and education of the district, which is well behind at present. Physical education college the only one in state is situated at {Gadoora Ganderbal} some 3.5 km away from district headquarters.


As of 2011 India census,[7] Ganderbal had a population of 297446.[8] Males constitute 53.36% of the population and females 46.64%. Ganderbal has an average literacy rate of 58.04%, lower than the national average of 74.04%: male literacy is 68.85%, and female literacy is 45.71%. In Ganderbal, 17.01% of the population is under 6 years of age.[9]


There is a Physical Education College, a Sainik School[10] Mansbal, Industrial Training Institute, a Degree college and many higher secondary schools. In addition a polytechnic college has been recently constructed and its current status is active. Government has also proposed to construct Central University of Kashmir in Ganderbal. Since 1 April 2007 Ganderbal is now a district carved out from Srinagar.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc – Ganderbal. Retrieved on 2011-12-14.
  2. ^ Rangil Water Treatment Plant finds hard to feed tail end areas Lastupdate:- Fri, 4 Sep 2009 18:30:00 GMT. (2009-09-04). Retrieved on 2011-12-14.
  3. ^ Gangabal Lake in India. (2005-06-07). Retrieved on 2011-12-14.
  4. ^ Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir
  5. ^ Electoral constituency
  6. ^ Central University of Kashmir, Ganderbal | CareerPages. Retrieved on 2011-12-14.
  7. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  8. ^ census of India official website,
  9. ^ this is census of india 2011,
  10. ^ J&K Sainik School Manasbal- Village (Borus). Retrieved on 2011-12-14.