Jammu and Kashmir, a North Indian state often called as 'the paradise on earth' is replete with beautiful places. Oodles of tourists throng these places in order to explore their perennial beauty. Palaces, lakes, hilly terrains, forests, wild animals, etc. make a perfect holiday for any traveler to this land. A variety of geographical regions, weather and vegetation have led to the establishment of many parks. Ramnagar wildlife sanctuary, Kishtwar High Altitude National Park, Jasrota Wildlife Sanctuary, Surinsar Mansar wildlife sanctuary, etc. are some of the famous sanctuaries in the state.
Surinsar mansar wildlife sanctuary is marked for the wide variety of flora and fauna. Tourists from various parts of the country visit the park that has educational value. It is equally enjoyable for the young and the old. So let's take a virtual tour and know about the rich bio diversity of the sanctuary.
The picturesque beauty of the state is simply indescribable. The two lakes located on the two corners of the sanctuary add to its charm. The name of the sanctuary is derived from the name of these lakes.
Area and location:
The sanctuary occupies a total area of 97. 82 sq km. Located at a distance of 42 km from Jammu, the sanctuary is marked for its pristine settings. It stands on an altitude that ranges from 430 to 611 meters above the sea level.
Flora and fauna:
The favorable climatic conditions of the state lead to the growth of various types of vegetation in the Surisar Mansar wildlife sanctuary. Mixed scrub forest with broad leaved species mixed with stands of Pinus gerardiana is the main vegetation. Other leaved species include Acacia spp., Mallotus phillipensis, dalbergia sissii, ficus religiosa, bahunia variegate, etc.
There are 8 species of mammals and 15 species of birds that will keep you occupied during your trip. You will find mammals like leopard, barking deer, goral, wild boar, etc. The avifauna species include blue rock pigeon, peafowl, green pigeon, black partridge, grey partridge, red jungle fowl and rufus turtle dove.
So there are a lot of animals in the sanctuary that are very interesting to watch and know about. Roaming around the sanctuary would just be fun and watching the two lakes would be a delightful experience.
When to visit?
For mammal viewing the months between September and March are the best. If you love bird watching, then the months of March to May is the best time.
Where to stay?
As Jammu is not so far from the sanctuary, you can easily stay in any hotel in Jammu. Hotel Asia Jammu Tawi, Jehlum Resort, KC Residency, Palace Hotel, Hotel Premier- these are some of the best hotels in Jammu.
How to reach the park?
The sanctuary is well connected to all the neighboring regions and hence to the other states of the country. Jammu at a distance of 58 km is the nearest airport. The nearest railhead is at Jammu that is 56 km away.
Visiting some more places:
When in Jammu, you just can't miss its popular attractions like Vaishno Devi Mandir, Amaranth, Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary, Mansar Lake, Peer Kho Cave, etc.
If you want to visit the sanctuary during spring or summer, it is advisable to bring raincoat, light clothing, sunglasses and trekking shoes; while in winter you can take some heavy woolens, waterproof windcheaters, trekking shoes, etc.
If you want to know anything more about the sanctuary or want to make reservations, then contact The Regional Wildlife Warden Jammu Region, near Jammu Ashok Hotel Manda (Ramnagar).
Thus there are a lot to see and do in the Surinsar Mansar wildlife sanctuary. Book a vacation along with your near and dear ones. Time spent with the wild animals in the lap of nature would surely refresh your body and mind.