(Last Updated on : 01-12-2015)
Nature Tourism in Udhampur District is very popular in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Mansar Lake, Patnitop, and Sanasar provide great amusement to the tourists. The lake of Mansar is situated 40 kms in the South of Udhampur town on the Udhampur Samba Road. Apart from a picnic spot, Mansar Lake has the religious significance too. People take a holy dip in the water of the lake on festive events. With all pious belief and legacy behind the Mansar Lake is also picking up its recognition among the tourists with all its flora and fauna. The lake has cemented path all around with requisite illumination, with projected view decks to take pleasure in flickering of seasonal birds, tortoise and fishes of diverse species. There is a wild life Sanctuary housing jungle life like Spotted Deer, Neelgai etc. besides other water birds such as Cranes, Ducks etc. One can also observe the traditional and typical distinctive life style of Gujjar and Backarwals wearing cultural costumes, living in open Kullhas around on the hills of Mansar Lake.
Patnitop is a prominent hill resort which is suspended on a beautiful plateau, at an altitude of 2024 meters (6400 feet) on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway about 40 Kms from Udhampur District. Encased by deep wooded forests, Patnitop offers striking spots, quiet walks and breathtaking views of mountain scope of the Chenab basin. In winter, the resort is usually enveloped with a thick mantle of snow thus providing opportunities for a variety of snow games including skiing. Sanasar is 60 Kms away from Udhampur and only 19 Kms from Patnitop. Sanasar is a Saucer Shaped meadow bounded by gigantic conifers. A place for quiet holiday, the meadow has now been developed as a nine hole Golf Course. It also provides opportunities for Para-gliding. The tourists enjoy mysteries of nature, widely spread in form of blue skyline in the day, sunlight filtering through charming deodars, hushed silence, calm cool breeze and pine scented flowers strewn meadows.
Kud is a popular tourist resort situated on the Jammu Srinagar National Highway, at an altitude of 1738 meters (5500 feet), in the lap of supercilious mountains and is surrounded by picturesque hills. A most developed hill station of Udhampur District, Kud has been blessed with good peaceful and pleasant weather and has immense natural exquisiteness.