Calm, clear waters provide the perfect foil to the majestic Himalayan slopes which surround the entirety of the Kashmir Valley. Welcome to the Manasbal Lake, a fresh water of gigantic proportions and a favorite haunt of bird watchers from all around the world. A tour to Manasbal is a definite must-visit if you are planning an excursion from Srinagar.
Located at a distance of just around 30 kms away from Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, the Manasbal Lake is considered to be a 'gem' among all the lakes of Jammu and Kashmir. Known as the deepest lake of Kashmir as well as the lake which offers the most secured ice formation amongst the lakes of Kashmir during the summer months, the Manasbal Lake is a definite must visit while on a holiday in Jammu and Kashmir.
The lake, which is close to a limestone hillock known as Ahtung, is drained artificially while an outlet channel connects it the Jhelum River. The lake is the main source of water for the people of Manasbal and definitely the prionciple tourist attraction while on a tour to Manasbal.
How to reach Manasbal
The easiest way of reaching Manasbal is by air. The nearest airport is at the Badgam District around 30 kms away from the village of Manasbal.
The nearest railhead to Manasbal is at Jammu from where it takes an approximate time of around half an hour to reach Manasbal.
Manasbal is well-connected to a number of other regions of Jammu and Kashmir. There are a number of well maintained roads which lead to Manasbal.