Udhampur

Famous For: Udhampur is a lush green area replete with eucalyptus forests. It is a Pakistani border area which is a famous tourist spot. Sanasar Lake, Krimchi Temples, PatniTop Circular Road, Chenani-Nashri Tunnel, Mansar Lake, Surinsar Lake are the most famous places to visit.

Major Attractions: Surinsar Lake, Mansar Lake, PatniTop, Krimchi Temples, Sanasar Lake.

Ideal Visit Time: Ideal Visit time to Udhampur is Summer (March to June). Because Udhampur enjoys sub tropical climate. Temperatures do not cross the 40°C and remain quite pleasant. Due to the extreme temperatures in winter most people like to visit Udhampur during summer to soak in the warmth and explore this lovely places.

About Udhampur

Udhampur is founded by Raja Udham Singh and it was named after him. The city of Udhampur is located in the Udhampur District in Jammu & Kashmir. The 4th largest city in the state and the 2nd largest in the Jammu region. This city is located at an altitude of about 755 metres among the dense forests of Eucalyptus trees in the Shivalik range of the Himalayas. A capital of the Udhampur district, the city also serves as the Northern Command headquarters of the Indian Army. Lying 68 kilometres from Jammu and 23 kilometres from Katra, Udhampur is a site of mesmerizing beauty with dozens of attractions waiting to be explored. Many tourists gather here every year.

 

Let’s talk about some major attractive places of Udhampur below:

 

Mansar Lake

Located 62 km from the main city of Jammu and about 40 km from Udhampur city, Mansa Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in India. The hills are covered with thick wooden blankets and all the land on the shores of the lake is covered with sparkling blue water and foggy hills. All in all it creates an impossibly beautiful scenery, which is undoubtedly enjoyable. Spread over an area one mile long and one and a half miles wide, the lake is not only a popular tourist destination but also revered as a sacred place due to a historical legend, which adds its sanctity to Mansarovar Lake.

Moreover, it is a region that is well known for its variety of flora and fauna. Spotted deer, Neelgai,  ducks and crane are observed here.

Mansar Lake
Mansar Lake

Surinsar Lake

It is located about 9 km from Mansa Lake. Although relatively small, it is no less. Against the backdrop of majestic mountains, there is also a small island right in the middle of the lake. Several superstitions and places of religious practice are observed here. Swimming and boating on the lake are not allowed. Around this enchanting lake you can spend leisurely leisurely. You can breathe in the fresh mountain air, enjoy the beautiful scenery and enjoy the fascinating bird watching experience. A breeding ground for migratory birds and a breeding ground for many endemic bird species, Lake Surinsar is a small bird sanctuary. Glimpses of multiple captivating birds here are able to grab your mind.

It is a peaceful abode of rich flora and fauna and a great destination for your refreshing vacation. Deep in the interior of the Himalayas, this ancient sight provides a memorable holiday experience.

Surinsar Lake
Surinsar Lake

PatniTop

One of the most popular hill stations, PatniTop is located about 112 km from Jammu city on the Udhampur-Srinagar road. It is located at an altitude of about 2024 meters above sea level. Resting on a plateau in the Shivalik belt of the Himalayas, Patnitop overlooks the course of the Chenab river that flows close to it. With dense forests of cedar and blue pine trees, the site is completely snow-covered in winter, with bright-eyed sights. It is an ideal place for skiing and sledging. The pastures here are spectacular and provide a great view as a result of the boundaries of the misty blue mountains. It is a perfect place for solitude or romantic walks. All in all, PatniTop’s wood provides much needed serenity.

PatniTop
PatniTop

Krimchi Temples

Built in the 11th or 12th century, the temples of Krimchi are also known as the Pandava Temples. It carries the historical significance of the Hindu mythology of the Mahabharata. Seven Antideluvian temples are located here. Four large temples and three small temples, which is dedicated to Shiva. These are located on top of a rock complex with small streams flowing through them. The abstract and intricate installation of the temples exhibits a strong Greek influence. They contain sculptures of various Hindu gods and goddesses including Ganesha, Parvati, Shiva etc. 

It is believed that the Pandavas stayed here for some time during their exile. The main temple of the complex is cut into 50 feet long marvelous architecture. Krimchi is one of the places for those who are interested in Hindu mythology or authentic history.

Krimchi Temples
Krimchi Temples

Sanasar Lake

Sanasar Lake is located about 19 km from Patnitop. This lovely area is named after two small lakes called ‘Sana’ and ‘Sar’. The lake is located at an altitude of about 2000 meters above sea level. It is a well-known site for providing exciting adventure activities. Sanasar offers rock climbing, abselling, paragliding, trekking, para-sailing hot-air ballooning and more. One of the remotest areas of the state, Sanasar is an unblemished destination of wondrous meadows and dense cover of forests. It is known as “Mini Gulmarg” for its Gulmarg-Esk qualities. Sanasar has been placed in a bowl-shaped long green enclosure. The Cedar trees stand tall and surround the whole land, providing mesmerizing views.

Also most interesting is that, if golf fans want to enjoy the thrill of this royal game, there is an opportunity for them to play golf amidst the vast expanse of a dense green meadow.

Sanasar Lake
Sanasar Lake

How To Reach Udhampur

By Road: You can easily get regular buses to Udhampur from other major cities of the country. Udhampur is well connected to Srinagar and Jammu as multiple buses plying between them usually pass through Udhampur. Some of the bigger operators who run the services are National Travels, Gee Pee Travels, Sreenath Travels, Bhatia Travels among many others.

By Train: Udhampur is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular trains. The main railway station of Udhampur is “Udhampur (UHP)”. It is well-connected by multiple express trains such as the Delhi – Udhampur Jammu Mail, Delhi Sarai Rohilla Udhampur AC Superfast Express, Uttar Sampark Kranti Express. Many other trains from Jammu have been extended to connect this city as well.

By Air: There are no regular flights from other major cities of the country to Udhampur. Nearest airport is Satwari Airport. It is 36 km away from Udhampur. If you want to make your trip to Udhampur by air, you need to reach Satwari Airport  at first.  Taxi and cabs are available from the airport to reach the preferred destinations.