Mansar Lake

Mansar Lake, a breathtaking location with both natural beauty and deep cultural significance, is situated in Jammu's Samba district. This lake is well-liked by both residents and visitors because it provides a calm haven with lovely scenery. Mansar Lake, which is surrounded by hills and thick forests, offers a tranquil setting for boating and leisurely strolls along its well-kept paths. In addition to being a well-liked destination for excursions in Jammu, it is a sacred location that shares the holiness and legend of Lake Manasarovar. There is a shrine to Shesha, the serpent-mount of Vishnu, on the Eastern Bank of the Lake. The shrine consists of a large boulder that has several iron chains placed on it, possibly symbolizing the tiny serpents that are waiting on Shesha's tutelary deity. In the vicinity of the Mansar Lake are two old Shiva temples, one dedicated to Narasimha, and another to Durga. On festive occasions, people bathe in the lake's holy water. Engaging in three parikrama circles around the lake is deemed auspicious for newlyweds as it allows them to seek the blessings of Shesha, the lord of serpents, whose shrine is situated on its eastern bank. On the lake's edges are also a few old temples that receive a lot of visits from devotees. Mansar is also a great place to go boating, and the Tourism Department has all the facilities needed. Mansar's history begins with the Mahabharata period. This area was ruled by Babar Vahan, son of Arjun and Ulpi, King Nag's daughter. Following the war, Arjun carried out the Ashwamegh Yagya, which was represented by a horse that Babar Vahan had captured in the Khoon village. After killing Arjun and giving his mother his head, Babar Vahan discovered that he had also killed his father. Babar Vahan went to Sheshnag for the Mani in order to resurrect Arjun. He dug a tunnel known as "Surangsar" (now Surinsar) and came out at the other end, at Mansar, with the Mani. A wide range of wildlife, including numerous fish and bird species, can be found in the lake. Because of this, it's the ideal location for bird watching, particularly in the spring and fall when a variety of bird species can be seen around the lake. The area's surrounding vegetation, which includes vibrant greenery and blossoming flowers, adds to the attraction. Mansar Lake is an important cultural and historical landmark in addition to being a stunning natural location. It is a must-visit location for anyone traveling through the Jammu region because of its unique blend of religious significance, tranquil landscapes, and lively local customs. Mansar Lake has something to offer everyone, whether they are looking for adventure, spiritual solace, or just a place to unwind.

  • Best Time to Visit: October to February weather is pleasant (March to September is hot so people are advised to visit in the morning or in the evening)
  • Ideal Duration: 1 to 2 hours
  • Distance From Airport: The nearest airport is in Jammu which is 52 kms away.
  • Distance From Railway Station: The nearest railway station is in Samba which is 30 kms away.
  • Distance From Road: It is situated 46 kms away from Jammu.
  • Travel Tips: Boating, visit the sheshnag temple, nature walks, picnicking and bird watching
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