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Sanasar

Sanasar is the name given to the two small villages of Sana and Sar in Jammu province, India.

Location: 119 km from Jammu and only 17 km from Patnitop.

Named after small local lakes, 'Sana' & 'Sar' are located 20 km west of Patnitop, on the national highway 1A, in the Jammu province of the state of Jammu & Kashmir, India. At an altitude of 2050 mts it is the hub for adventure sport activities in Jammu region. At 11 km from Patnitop, Natha Top offers scenic views of the mighty western(Kishtwar) Himalayas and the lower Shivalik range. The Bramha Massif, with its prominent peaks of Brahma 1 and 2 & Flat Top, is clearly visible. Eight kilometres down the road, from Natha Top, is Sanasar, with Matha top falling en route. As you approach Sanasar, the range on the right is Shanta Ridge,with the ShankPal Nag temple situated at its highest point of 2800 mts.


Best Time To Visit: May-June and September-October.
Sanasar, the mini Gulmarg and one of the remotest region of India, is a wonderful hill station in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The town is built in a cup-shaped meadow surrounded by gigantic conifers. Recently, it has been developed as a golf course for its tourists. While visiting Sanasar, you are provided opportunities for paragliding, parasailing and horse riding also. All these adventure sports activities are controlled by J&K government authorities. The place is a paradise for those who want to explore their latent sporting spirits and sportsmanship. It is particularly famous for the wide range of sporting activities.



Major Attractions
Sanasar is a wonderful destination for Eco-Adventure activities.

Tandem Paragliding Joyrides:-Introduced by "Extreme Hmalayan Adventures" Sanasar offers Tandem (pilot+passenger) paragliding joyrides. The low flying ride, take off area, is near the parking lot, with a flight path over the lake of Sansar, to landing in the meadow, below. The 'over a minute' short flight attaining an altitude of 150-200 feet, makes it one of the safest, enjoyable paragliding experience, in India. Sanasar is the second site, after Solang Nallah-Manali, in north India, to offer such tandem rides. The high flying site is at Natha Top and offers an 8- to 10- minute, depending on the wind condition, 1500-2000 feet high, tandem paragliding experience. The take off area is near the road, but one has to walk up, from the landing site, below. Safety is of paramount importance, and it is never compromised.

Wilderness Adventure Camps-Sanasar (WAC-Sanasar):- WAC-Sanasar, started 4 years ago by "Extreme Himalayan Adventures" is dedicated in promoting and providing wilderness adventure camping and adventure sports in general. The camp can accommodate about 100 participants, including boarding and loading. It is run by "Extreme Himalayan Adventures" in collaboration with the Dept of Tourism, Jammu.

Rock climbing WAC basic pitch offers a taste of the sport. Situated among the high conifers, the rock offers the natural feel of climbing.

Abseiling The WAC Basic Rock offers a 25 feet, over the edge feel of descending the rock face with the help of a rope. It is a 'trust' exercise.

Trekking trails

Shank Pal Temple is located on the Shank Pal ridge at an altitude of 2800 mts and is a 5 hr moderate trek. The 400 yr old temple, is dedicated to Nag Shank Pal. No mortar has been used, to join the stones of the temple.

Ladoo Ladi (meaning a boy and a girl, in local dialect) is a soft nature walk of 4 km, starting from Madha Top.

Shanta Gala is a pass on the Shanta ridge and offers the view of the Panchari valley on the other side of the ridge. The pass leads to the Lander area.

Surni Kund is a small pond on the high Shank Pal ridge.2 K\km from the Shank Pal Nag temple, it is a 7 hr demanding trek from Sanasar.


Food Cuisine
There is a unique experience in gourmet eating at Sanasar. It offers a variety in traditional and decent Indian cuisine. There is a lot of variety in meats, herbs, spices and homemade dairy products with exotic flavours. The local people love tandoori, bread and rice items.


Shopping
Primarily a place for adventure, there are very few shopping facilities.


Climate
There is a requirement of cottons in summers, but thick and warm woolens in winters as the temperature goes down to 0 degrees. There is a requirement of woolens in rainy season too.


Accommodation
Sanasar, being a remote area, offers only J&KTDC's tourists bungalows and self contained huts. Both type of accommodation units are well equipped with basic modern amenities.


How To Reach
The most convenient way to access Sanasar is to travel in your own vehicle. The other option would be hiring a taxi from Jammu (119 km). Jammu Tawi is the main railhead at Jammu and is well-connected with all other major cities of the country. Taxis are available from Jammu at reasonable rates.

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