Location : 62-km East Of Jammu, Jammu
Best Time To Visit: April To October
Situated 62 kms from Jammu,
Mansar is a beautiful lake fringed by forest-covered hills, over a
mile in length by half-a-mile in width. Besides being a popular
excursion destination in Jammu, it is also a holy site, sharing
the legend and sanctity of Lake Mansarovar. Newly weds
consider it auspicious to perform three circumambulations (‘Parikarma’)
around the lake to seek the blessings of Sheshnag, the lord
of serpents, whose shrine is located on its eastern bank. There
are also some ancient temples on the lake’s shores, which are
visited by devotees in large numbers. Mansar is also ideal for
boating for which the Tourism Department provides adequate
facilities. For the convenience of visitors a well lit flagstone
walkway has been laid all around the shores.
A Ruined Palace, Mahor Gadh Ruins, Food & Crafts Festival &
The lake is about 4-km in
circumference and surrounded by dense mangrove stands, backed by
pine trees on the slopes of the hills. Like Surinsar the lake is
also covered with lotus flowers in summer.
PLACES TO LOOK AROUND
A Ruined Palace
Beside the lake there is a small ruined palace with colourful
frescoes on the walls and another ancient building is nearby.
Often newly married couples can be seen walking around the edge of
Mansar, as it is considered auspicious for their future well
Mahor Gadh Ruins
The mysterious ruins of Mahor Garh, nobody knows who built them or
why - are reached from Mansar.
CELEBRATIONS AT MANSAR
Every year around Baisakhi, a food and crafts festival is
organized here by the J&K tourism. Towards the end of May each
year there is a major festival at Mansar in which the folk spirit
of the Dogra people is reflected in exuberant singing and dancing.
Later the 'Chhing' festival features wrestling bouts with
wrestlers invited from near and far to display their prowess.
These festivities are repeated in a number of villages in the
area, one after the other.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Road: Regular buses
ply from Jammu to reach Mansar Lake.
WHERE TO STAY
Accommodation is available
for tourist in the Bungalow and huts of J&KTDC.;