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Sanasar is basically a group of two small villages of Sana and Sar which are located in the Jammu province. These islands were named after the small local lakes which were also known as Sana and Sar. These were located at a distance of around 20 km west of Patnitop. 

There is a nearby mountain range as well which also goes by the name of the Shanta Ridge. This place is situated at an altitude of around 2,800 meters and apparently, the views from up above are simply magnificent to behold in one’s memory. What makes visiting this place really interesting is that while it was being made, no mortar was essentially used to join the stones of these temples. 

Why You Should Visit Sanasar

Sanasar is a kind of place which is a must-visit and must explore destination owing to its rich blend of natural aura. It won’t be wrong to consider this place as one of the hidden gems of Kashmir. From paragliding to camping to trekking, there are just too many options for a tourist to discover Sanasar in a completely new dimension and in a completely new light. 

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Places to Visit in and Around Sanasar

Naag Mandir. The temple is situated near Patnitop. It is said that this temple dates back to 600 years old. And, during the Naag Panchami festival, this temple sees literally hundreds of Shiva devotees who throng this place to pay their respects. It is one of the best places to visit in Sanasar.

Shank Pal Temple. The Shank Pal Temple is located at an altitude of around 2,800 m. It is considered that this temple is around 400 years old. And it particularly takes a 5-hour trek from Sanasar to reach this temple. Furthermore, it is interesting to know that no mortar has been used to join the stones of this temple.

Suri Kund. The Suri Kund is basically a small pond which is located on the Shank Pal ridge. This place is located at a distance of 2 km from the Shank Pal Nag temple itself. Furthermore, it needs to be seen that for any regular person it would take at least a 7-hour long trek to reach this destination.

Things to Do in and Around Sanasar

Go Rock Climbing in WAC. Situated among high conifers, the rocky regions of the Sanasar are quite famous for rock climbing and trekking activities. And if you consider someone who likes adventures then you must try this activity at WAC. 

Go Shopping. If you visit Sanasar, then there is a possibility that you may not find too many options here for shopping. However, for a great shopping experience, one may head to the nearby towns of Jammu and Patnitop where you will come across a lot of options such as wooden carvings, shawls, sweets, and many other things. 

Go Rappelling. You should definitely go and experience rappelling as it allows you to enjoy a 25-foot over the edge descent which lands on the rock face with the proper assistance of a rope. If you haven’t done this before, then you must give it a shot. 

Events and Festivals in and Around Sanasar

Hemis Festival. It is known that the Hemis Gompa is one of the largest as well as the richest monastery in Kashmir. On this festival, there is a state holiday and is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Shri Padmasambhava. 

Baisakhi. This festival is particularly celebrated not just in Jammu but all across the country as well. This day is observed as the onset of the New Year by the Sikhs in India. And it also marks the beginning of the harvesting season in the country. In Kashmir, Baisakhi is celebrated with a great level of enthusiasm among the people. Read More

Tulip Festival. There are hundreds of Tulip gardens in the Kashmir region. During the spring season, the state flourishes with a wide variety of Tulips. And it can be said that the sight of these tulips is one to behold and is simply breathtaking. This festival takes place at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden in Srinagar, Kashmir. 

Best Time to Visit Sanasar

The best time to visit Sanasar is from the months of May to June and September to October. This time is quite ideal for sightseeing. The overall weather conditions during this time in Sanasar are very pleasant and comfortable for travelling around. 

Famous Food and Clothing of Sanasar

Jammu and Kashmir is truly a great place to explore owing to its beauty. The people here are very hospitable. So, if you ever get a chance to explore this place, then you must definitely try the flavours of this place such as Rogan Josh, Modur Pulav, Kashmiri Muji Gadd, Aab Gosht, Thukpa, etc. Coming on to the clothing, the people here generally like to wear shawls, kurta-pajama, phiran and the womenfolk here generally like to wear salwar-kameez, silk sarees, etc.   

How to Reach Sanasar

By Air. Thinking about flying to Sanasar? Then it would be convenient for you to take direct flights to Jammu Airport and then from there you will need to get a cab or some other means of transportation to reach Sanasar as it is situated at a distance of about 4 hours or so from the airport. 

By Road. Sanasar has a well-connected system of roads. You can easily get to this place via major Indian cities such as Delhi, Pune, Chandigarh, Mumbai, etc. You can either hire a direct cab or use public transport to reach Sanasar. 

By Rail. Jammu Tawi railway station is the nearest railhead to Sanasar at a distance of about 132km. Once you have reached the station, you can hire a cab or get a bus to get to your destination. It is very well connected with other cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Pune, Mumbai, etc. 

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