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Manasbal Lake – Located in Jhelum Valley which is to north of Srinagar in Kashmir.

Manasbal Lake is located in the Jhelum valley which is to the north of Srinagar city in the State of Jammu and Kashmir which is in India. The name Manasbal is said to be a derivative of the Lake Manasarovar. The lake is encircled by three villages.
Jarokbal, Kondabal and Ganderbal are the three villages. This lake is known to be the deepest lake. This lake is at a depth of 13 m/43 ft depth in the Kashmir valley.
The large growth of lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) at the periphery of the lake is special to this lake. This lotus blooms during July and August and this lotus adds to the beauty of the clear waters of the lake.
The Mughal garden which is also called the Garoka was built by Nur Jahan overlooks this lake. The lake is a good place for birdwatching. This lake is one of the largest natural stamping grounds of Aquatic birds in Kashmir.
It is known as the sobriquet of “supreme gem of all Kashmir Lakes”. The rootstocks of lotus plant are harvested and marketed which are eaten by the local people. The lake is surrounded by the Baladar mountains on the east.

There is an elevated plateau known as ‘Karewa’. Karewa comprises of lacustrine, fluviatile and loessic deposits on the north. It is bounded by the Ahtung hills in the south. These hills are used for limestone extraction.
Along the course of the Jhelum River, the Manasbal Lake falls under the third series of high altitude lakes.

The glaciated lakes are:
• Alipathar
• Sheshnag
• Kounsarnag
• Tar Sar
• Mar Sar
• Vishansar
• Gangbal
• Kishna Sar
• Kyo Tso
• Pangong Tso

1. Water basin
• The drainage basin for the lake, covering an area of 33 km (13 sq mi).
• Lake water outflows to the Jhelum River through a regulated outflow channel.
• The lake is the source of water for fishing and for obtaining food and fodder plants.

2. Facilities include:
• Sources of water
• Navigation
• Transportation
• Fisheries
• Harvesting

3. Activities include:
• Sightseeing
• Tourism
• Recreation

4. Flora include:
• Char Chinar (Four Chinar Trees)
• Orchards (apple, mulberry)
• Platanus (Chinar trees)
• Salix trees
• Badshah Boni, royal Chinar
• Maize
• Mustard
• Wheat
• Emerged Macrophytes
• Floating Macrophytes
• Submerged Macrophytes
• Phytoplankton

5. Fauna include:
• Plankton
• Benthos
• Fish
The economically important fishes are:
• Schizothorax niger
• S. esocinus
• Cyprinus carpio specularis
• C. carpio communis
• Neomacheilus latius

Attractions in and around Manasbal Lake

1. Wullar-Manasbal Development Authority has reported unearthing of an ancient Hindu temple.
• This is on the eastern shore of the Manasbal Lake.
• The temple was built in the traditional architectural style of ancient Kashmir.
• The lower half of the temple was buried in earth.
• The temple was found during the restoration works undertaken for the lake.
• The temple is dated to 800-900 AD, during Avantivarman or Sankaravarman rule.
• The temple is based on epigraphic writings, the temple and is constructed in local grey stone.
• The temple has a unique pyramid-shaped roof top with Corinthian or floral motifs.
• It is stated to be a new pilgrimage attraction for pilgrims when visitings the cave shrine at Amarnath.
• Kheer Bhawani temple at Tulmulla in Ganderbal district is another pilgrimage attraction.

Other tourist attractions in the lake area are:
• Manasbal Temple
• Ruins of a terraced Mughal garden
• Sculptured stones of some Buddhist shrines

2. Water skiing
• The weather is pleasant in the months of May and August.
• This lake offers water skiing sport.
• Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Department (JKTD) provides essential water skiing equipment and trained instructors to adventure seekers.
• The lake’s surface sheen and its long length and width attract tourists to water skiing sport.

Facts summarized
• Surface area [km2] – 2.81
• Volume [km3] – 0.0128
• Maximum depth [m] – 13
• Mean depth [m] – 4.5
• Water level – Regulated
• Normal range of annual water level fluctuation [m] – 1.5 2.0
• Length of shoreline [km] – 10.2
• Residence time [yr] – 1.2
• Catchment area [km2] – 33

During their visit to Manasbal Lake, tourists can also visit Pahalgam and Srinagar.

Attractions of Pahalgam

• Mamaleshwar Temple
• Sheshnag Lake
• Tulian Lake
• Baisaran Meadow
• Betaab Valley
• Kolahoi Glacier
• Lidder River Rafting
• Lidderwat Valley Trekking Trail
• Pahalgam Golf Course

Attractions in Srinagar

• Shalimar Bagh
• Nishat Bagh
• Dal Lake
• Shankaracharya Temple
• Mughal Gardens
• Shikara Ride
• Houseboats
• Chashme Shahi Garden
• Hazratbal Mosque popular
• Pari Mahal (Quntilon)
• Nagin Lake popular
• Dastgir Sahib Shrine
• Khanqah of Shah Hamdan popular
• Sri Pratap Singh Museum
• Jamia Masjid
• Wular Lake
• Sangin Darwaza
• Masjid of Akhund Mullah
• Hari Parbat Fort
• Pathar Masjid
• Rozabal Shrine
• Kathi Darwaza
• Tomb of Madin Sahib
• Rainawari
• Naseem Bagh
• Harwan Garden
• Burzahom
• Garden of Char Minar
• Chatti Padshahi Gurudwara
• Khanqah of Khwaja Moinuddin Naqsbandi
• Jyeshtheshvara Temple
• Imambara Hassanabad
• Makhdoom Sahib Shrine

Things to do in Srinagar

• Shikaras in Dal Lake
• Parihaspora, Dewar
• House boating
• Bird viewing

Best time to visit / climate

The best time to visit is between April and September.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there?

• The lake is approached from Srinagar by a 30-kilometre (19 mi) road via Shadipur, Nasim and Gandarbal.
• Road to Wular Lake, the largest lake in Kashmir, passes through this lake, via Safapur.

1. Srinagar by Air
• Srinagar domestic airport is connected with many airports of the major cities in India.
• Regular flights are operated between Srinagar and Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh and Shimla.
• International travelers get the connecting flights from Delhi International airport.
• This is at a distance of 876 km from Srinagar.

2. Srinagar by Train
• Jammu is the nearest railway station to Srinagar.
• This is at a distance of 290 km.
• Jammu railway station is well connected to all major cities in India by rail.
• Direct train services are available from Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Trivandrum.
• Taxi services are available from Jammu to Srinagar.
• The fare is about Rs 6000.

3. Srinagar by Bus
• Many tourist bus service providers arrange deluxe luxurious bus package tours from many neighboring cities to Srinagar.
– Srinagar is well connected by tourist bus services to:
• Chandigarh (630 km)
• Jammu (290 km)
• Delhi (876 km)
• Leh (434 km)
• Phalgan (96 km)
– Packaged tours charge about Rs 4 – Rs 5 per km.

4. By plane
• Sheikh ul Alam Airport is commonly known as Srinagar Airport.
• It is an international airport.
• Flights are operated by Jet Airways, Air Deccan, Spice Jet, Kingfisher Airlines, Go Air, Jet Lite and Indian Airlines from Delhi and Mumbai to Srinagar.
• The frequency is once or twice a day by each airline.
• The cost is approximately Rs 2,500 from Jammu, Rs 2,500-5,000 from Delhi one way and higher from Mumbai.

5. By taxi from Jammu to Srinagar
• Hiring a TATA Sumo SUV from Jammu costs approximately Rs 1,900-2,700 depending on time of year or even time of day.
• The journey takes around 8 hrs.

6. By bus from Jammu to Srinagar
• J&K State Road Transport Corporation (J&KSRTC) operates fairly comfortable buses from Jammu costing around Rs 350 and does the journey in around 12 hrs.
• 2 day buses run between Srinagar and Leh staying overnight in Kargil.
• There are also direct buses from Delhi taking almost 24 hrs to reach Srinagar.

Some travel books from Amazon about Manasbal Lake

The Vale of Kashmir Travels in Kashmir: A Popular History of Its People, Places and Crafts Agony Of Dal Lake

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

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Blogs / Sites about Manasbal

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Images and photos of Manasbal

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