Manasbal Lake is located in Ganderbal District in the State of Jammu and Kashmir in India. The name Manasbal is said to be a derivative of the Lake Manasarovar. Lake is encircled by three villages viz., Jarokbal, Kondabal (also called Kiln place, is situated on the north-eastern side of the lake) and Ganderbal and is stated to be the deepest lake (at 13 m or 43 ft depth) in India.] The large growth of lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) at the periphery of the lake (blooms during July and August) adds to the beauty of the clear waters of the lake. The Mughal garden, called the Jaroka, (meaning bay window) built by Nur Jahan overlooks the lake.
The lake is a good place for bird watching as it is one of the largest natural stamping grounds of Aquatic birds in Kashmir and has the sobriquet of “supreme gem of all Kashmir Lakes”. The rootstocks of lotus plant which grows extensively in the lake are harvested and marketed, and also eaten by the local people.
How to Reach:
The nearest airport to Mansbal Lake of Ganderbal District is located at Srinagar which is at a distance of 43 Km.
Nearest railway station is at Jammu which is around 290Km from Ganderbal District. Udhampur Railway Station is around 220 km for Ganderbal District
Mansbal Lake of Ganderbal district is well connected by road network. It is located about 30 km from Srinagar, about 290 km from Jammu. National Highway 1A passes through the district connecting Leh and Kargil. Regular bus services are available to major cities of Jammu & Kashmir.