Mansar Lake, in Samba District, is situated 62 km from winter capital Jammu and 36 kms from Udhampur City. Having length more than a mile and width half-a-mile, the lake looks very beautiful surrounded by greenery.
Mansar is a place away from hectic life and it’s a perfect destination for someone who wants to spend some time in a quiet place near to nature. A place where there is no busy schedule, no hectic crowd, it a place to live close to yourself and to rediscover yourself.
Mansar lake shares the legend and sanctity of Lake Mansarovar. Mansar lake is considered to be the abode of Sheshnag, a Hindu Serpent God.
It is believed that it is auspicious for newly wed couples to seek blessings of Sheshnag by performing three Parikarma around the lake.
Certain communities of Hindus perform the Mundan ceremony over here.
The history of Mansar and Surinsar goes back to the time of Mahabharata. Babar Vahan, son of Arjuna and Ulpi (daughter of king Nag), was ruling this area during Mahabharata.
As the Mahabharata war ended, Arjuna performed “Ashwamegh Yagya” to prove his superiority over the land. The horse was captured by Babar Vahan at village ‘Khoon’ (on Udhampur-Battal Road )where Arjuna was killed by Babar Vahan. With joy of victory, Babar vahan presented the head of Arjuna to his mother Ulpi. She told him that he had killed his father and to give his father (Arjun) a life again, a mani from Sheshnag was required. Hence Babar Vahan made an Underpass(Surang) by his arrow and formed ‘Surangsar’ which is now named as ‘Surinsar’. After defeating Sheshnag and capturing mani, Babar vahan came out at ‘Manisar’ now known by the name ‘Mansar’.
Apart from its religious importance and heritage, the Mansar Lake is also picking up as a great tourist spot for all its scenic beauty, flora & fauna. The lake has proper walk way all around with required illumination, with projected view decks to enjoy flickering of seasonal birds, tortoise and fishes.
There is also a wild life Sanctuary housing jungle life like Spotted Deer, Neelgai etc.
While during summers, the place won’t be a perfect go-to destination especially during the afternoon, but for evenings, you can quicky pack your bags and head to the place for serenity is something you will surely find here on summer evenings!
What to Do:
There are number of things one can do at Mansar.
If you love boating this is a perfect place to enjoy boating in a beautiful and calm place.
Walk close to the nature, there is a track around the lake and if you love to walk and want to see how beautiful the nature is around this lovely place, this is a perfect way to go.
Enjoy a trip to Mansar Wildlife sanctuary situated on one side of the lake.
One which we liked the most is to spend sometime close to nature and above all be close to yourself.
Where to Stay:
Mansar is in itself a day visit place for most of the people so one can find only limited number of places to stay. JKTDC runs their tourist huts and rooms situated in Mansar along with few other guest houses, Mansar is not an over crowded place so one can find the place to stay easily.
Recommendation: We suggest you to go for JKTDC, since they are being operated by the State government itself and besides the location of their guest houses is generally good which will give you the best view of the lake.
There are numerous eating places around the lake, besides JKTDC is also running their restaurants on the Eastern bank of the lake.