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Tourist Places To Visit In Udhampur
As the second largest city in Jammu and fourth largest in the state, Udhampur holds a place of importance in the region. This has been enhanced due to the army and airforce base that it has. However, strategic importance is not the only point in favour of Udhampur. It has some lovely places to explore and visit and gorgeous surroundings. Let us take a brief look at the tourist places to visit in Udhampur and its vicinity.
Constructed in the 11th and 12th centuries, the Krimchi Temples, also known as the Pandava Temples are believed to have links to the Mahabharata epic. There are four large and three small temples here which are all dedicated to Lord Shiva. The architecture of the temples bare strong Greek influence and have been built on top of a stone complex. There are small streams flowing by which adds to the charm of the place. According to the legend, the Pandava brothers are said to have made a brief stop here during their exile from their kingdom. It is a must visit place for history lovers.
Sansar is named after two lakes, ‘Sana’ and ‘Sar’. It is located at an altitude of over 2000 meters and is about 19 km from Patnitop. It is a great place for adventure activities like hot-air ballooning, paragliding, trekking, rock climbing, parasailing, etc. It is a remote area with untouched beauty, surrounded by lush green meadows and dense forest. Such is the beauty of the place that it is often referred to as ‘Mini Gulmarg.’
Located 112 km from Jammu on the Udhampur-Srinagar road is one of the most popular hill stations of the region, Patnitop. It overlooks the River Chenab and is covered by towering Cedar and Blue Pine trees. It’s gorgeous surroundings are a treat for the eyes. It is shrouded by snow during winter months and offers some beautiful locales for romantic walks. It is also an ideal spot for skiing and sledging. Patnitop is a perfect getaway from Udhampur and Jammu.
About 40 km from Udhampur is one of the prettiest lakes of India, Mansar Lake. There is dense wood covering the lake and its shores, towering mountain peaks and crystal blue waters, all of which weave a magical spell over the place. Boasting of rich flora and fauna, one also comes across wildlife like spotted deer, ducks, cranes and Neelgai water birds. Mansar Lake is an extremely popular destination among tourists.
Surinsar Lake is a mere 9 km from Mansar Lake. Though smaller in size, it is just as beautiful. Due to sacred reasons, swimming and boating are not allowed in this lake. However one can stroll down its banks, breathe in the fresh unpolluted mountain air, and enjoy the picturesque surrounding locale. Surinsar Lake is also a home to migratory birds and breeding ground for many others. It is the perfect stop for bird lovers and photographers. There is also a small bird sanctuary near the lake where one can get a glimpse of some charming birds. It is a refreshing destination.