Ganderbal is a town and a municipality committee in Ganderbal district in the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. It is the headquarters of Ganderbal district.It is in Central Kashmir, it has an average elevation of 1,619 metres (5,312 feet). It is bordered by district Srinagar in the south, Bandipore to the north, Kargil in the northeast, Anantnag to the south-east and Baramulla in the south-west.The current District Magistrate of Ganderbal is Mr. Shyambir Singh.District Ganderbal is known for its beauty,there are many beautiful places in Ganderbal.Sonmarg is the most famous place in Ganderbal, Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra is also done in Ganderbal.

View of Ganderbal town in Jammu and Kashmir, India
View of Ganderbal town in Jammu and Kashmir, India
Ganderbal is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Location in Jammu and Kashmir, India
Ganderbal is located in India
Ganderbal (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
Union TerritoryJammu and Kashmir
Named forBeauty
1,619 m (5,312 ft)
 • Total28,233
Demonym(s)Ganderbali, Ganderbalia, Ganderbalan
 • OfficialKashmiri, Urdu, Hindi, Dogri, English[1][2]
 • SpokenPahari, Gujari, Shina, Balti, Phustu
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationJK16
Ganderbal (constituency of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly)


Ganderbal is located at 34°14′N 74°47′E / 34.23°N 74.78°E / 34.23; 74.78.[3] 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. It is divided into six Tehsils viz, Ganderbal, Kangan, Lar, Tulmulla, Gund and Wakoora.

Power projectEdit

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.[4]


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[5] 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[6] constituency,[7] 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 not shown seriousness towards the development of the district. The only Central University[8] 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. Besides, there is a stadium which holds a record of playing a day-night matches Physical education college, the only one in the state, is situated at {Gadoora Ganderbal} some 3.5  km away from district headquarters.


Religion in Ganderbal Town (2011)[9]

  Islam (98.21%)
  Hinduism (1.37%)
  Sikhism (0.13%)
  Christianity (0.15%)
  Buddhism (0.01%)
  Not Stated (0.13%)

As of 2011 India census,[10] Ganderbal had a population of 297446.[11] 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.[12]


The Municipal Committee Ganderbal is an Urban Local Body with 17 elected members. Its last elections took place on 16 October 2018.[13]

Keys:   BJP (2)   INC (2)   Independent (13)

# Name Municipal Ward Reservation Status Party
1 Samia Ahad Beehama Nagripora Women Open Independent
2 Abdul Rashid Rather Beehama Wahid Sahib Open Independent
3 Jeelani Ahmed Mir Ganderbal A Open BJP
4 Haleema Ganderbal B Women Open Independent
5 Showkat Ahmad Mir Arampora A Open Independent
6 Altaf Ahmad Lone Arampora B Open Independent
7 Mehak Shah Duderhama Gousia Women Open INC
8 Hilal Ahmad Tantray Duderhama Open Independent
9 Nazir Ahmad Ganaie Fathipora A Open Independent
10 Rashida Bano Fatehpora B Women Open Independent
11 Ghulam Hassan Dar Gangerhama A Open Independent
12 Bashir Ahmad Koul Gangerhama B Open Independent
13 Nabla Wanipora Women Open Independent
14 Sajjad Ahmad Bamloora Open INC
15 Lateef Ahmad Saloora A Open BJP
16 Sara Saloora B Women Open Independent
17 Abdul Majid Saloora C Open Independent


There is a Physical Education College Located at Gadoora Village, a Sainik School[14] Mansbal, Industrial Training Institute, a Degree college and many higher secondary schools. In addition, a polytechnic college has been recently constructed in the lands of hoakersar and its current status is active. The under-construction Central University of Kashmir in Ganderbal is at Tullamula also class work started at main campus and different government accommodations at different places. Since 1 April 2007 Ganderbal is now a district carved out from Srinagar.[15] there is a newly created engineering college namely GCET govt college of engineering and technology Safapora Ganderbal (under construction). There are also three faculties of SKUAST-K namely Faculty of veterinary Science and AH Shuhama Alusteng, Faculty of Forestry Benihama, Faculty of Fisheries Rangil in the district.[16]



Ganderbal is well-connected by road to other places in Jammu and Kashmir and India by the NH 1.


Ganderbal is not connected with railways. The nearest railway station is Srinagar railway station located at a distance of 31 kilometres.


The nearest airport is Srinagar International Airport located at a distance of 30 kilometres.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Act, 2020" (PDF). The Gazette of India. 27 September 2020. Retrieved 27 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Parliament passes JK Official Languages Bill, 2020". Rising Kashmir. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  3. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc – Ganderbal. Retrieved on 2011-12-14.
  4. ^ Rangil Water Treatment Plant finds hard to feed tail-end areas Lastupdate:- Fri, 4 Sep 2009 18:30:00 GMT. (4 September 2009). Retrieved on 2011-12-14.
  5. ^ Gangabal Lake in India. (7 June 2005). Retrieved on 2011-12-14.
  6. ^ Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir
  7. ^ Electoral constituency
  8. ^ Central University of Kashmir, Ganderbal | CareerPages Archived 23 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2011-12-14.
  9. ^ "Ganderbal Town Population". Census India. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
  10. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  11. ^ census of India official website,
  12. ^ this is census of India 2011,
  13. ^[bare URL PDF]
  14. ^ J&K Sainik School Manasbal- Village (Borus). Retrieved on 2011-12-14.
  15. ^ History of Ganderbal.. Retrieved on 2021-05-31.
  16. ^ Journey of SKAUST.. Retrieved on 2021-05-31.