LAKES IN JAMMU
Another reason of travelling to the “city of temples” is its lakes. Many scenic loughs are located in the Jammu division and are frequented by travellers throughout the year. Ponds in Jammu are known for their pristine beauty, serenity and splendour. If you are in Jammu and you do not visit the freshwater here, you will miss a great deal. Although the lakes in Jammu are not as activity oriented as in Kashmir, still the lagoons have a lot to offer. The beauty of the lagoonsis exceptional and they are ideal for sightseeing and a visit will definitely relieve you of your daily complications.
Jammu is a sub-tropical region and it remains comparatively hotter than the other regions of the state. However certain areas receive snowfall in winters. Consequently, the number of water bodies is not as great as in Kashmir valley. However, the few of the meres found in Jammu are really beautiful and a must visits. The most famous lakes in Jammu are the twin of Mansar and Surinsar, together called Dwigrit. The loughs are frequently visited by a large number of tourists every year, who are charmed by the beauty of the stream and the variety of the flora and fauna that the ponds harbour in their bosom.
Mansaris located at a distance of about 51 km from Jammu. It lies nestled in the lower Shivalik Mountains. It is a treat to watch. This land is believed to have an underground link with Surinsar and hence the two lagoons are together known as Dwigrit, which means two pits. According to a legend, it is believed that Arjuna shot an arrow into the ground at Mansar, which pierced the earth and came out at Surinsar. Thus the two lakes got connected. You can enjoy the beauty of a lagoon in a boat as boat rides are available. You can view birds, tortoises and fish of different species in the loughsfrom the projected view decks on the edges of the stream. There are many temples also located along the freshwater shore thronged by devotees.
Surinsar is another beautiful loughsin Jammu located at a distance of about 42 km from Jammu and 9 km from Mansar.Surinsar is comparatively smaller than Mansar, but equally scenic. It has an island in the middle, which makes it more attractive. However, boating and swimming are not allowed in the loughs due to religious restrictions. It is actually a wetland and a bird sanctuary with rich flora and fauna. Water birds of all kinds are found in this lake. The loughs attract bird watchers and it is a great site for bird watching.