Sanasar is basically a group of two small villages of Sana and Sar which are located in the Jammu province. Located at a distance of around 20 km west of Patnitop, these islands were named after 2 small local lakes that go by the same name.
There is also a mountain range nearby that is known as 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 and something to cherish all your life.
Sanasar is a kind of place which is a must-visit and must explore destination owing to its rich 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, every time they visit this place.
The best time to visit Sanasar is from the months of May to June and September to October. The overall weather conditions during this time in Sanasar are very pleasant and comfortable for travelling around.
Major Attractions in and Around Sanasar
1. Naag Mandir
Situated near Patnitop, this temple dates back to 600 years. And, during the Naag Panchami festival, it sees literally thousands of Shiva devotees who throng this place to worship their beloved god. It is one of the best places to visit in Sanasar.
2. 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.
3. Suri Kund
It is basically a small pond which is located on the Shank Pal ridge at a distance of 2 km from the Shank Pal Nag temple. 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.
4. 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 are visiting with someone who likes adventures then you must try this activity at WAC.
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.
How to Reach Sanasar
Sana and Sar are two adorable villages located in Jammu. People who are always ready to go on adventures and exotic places, this place would make them fall in love with itself. To reach here, you will need to cover a total distance of approximately 672, 2,036, 2,190, 2,835 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Check out the following details on how you can reach Sanasar via different means of public transportation.
The nearest airport is Jammu Airport (IXJ) situated (approx) 130 km away. Jammu airport is a civil enclave airport and was ranked as the 27th busiest airport in India as per the data of 2013-2014. Overall, the airport has good flight connectivity with direct and connecting flights from various cities. After deboarding at the airport, you will need to book a taxi or avail some other means of transportation options available to reach your destination.
From Chandigarh - Board Air India, Spicejet, IndiGo flights from Chandigarh Airport. The airfares start from INR 5,000 - INR 8,000
From Lucknow - Board IndiGo, Air India flights from Lucknow AIrport. The air tickets will cost you about INR 5,000 - INR 10,000
From Jaipur - Board IndiGo, Air India flights from Jaipur Airport. The air ticket price starts from INR 3,000 - INR 4,000
Jammu Tawi railway station is the nearest railhead to Sanasar situated 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 Indian cities. Like from Delhi you can board NDLS JAT SPL from New Delhi Railway Station and deboard at Jammu Tawi Station.
Sanasar is well-connected by road networks that are well-maintained, motorable and quite easily accessible. If you want, then from the nearby regions like Srinagar and Jammu you can book buses which frequently connect Sanasar to and fro with other nearby cities. Taxis are also easily available from nearby cities and towns. If you want to explore and relish the beautiful topography of Jammu while travelling then your best bet would be to travel via your own vehicle here.