Directorate of Tourism conducts three days trekking expedition

Participants during trekking expedition.
Participants during trekking expedition.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 4: To promote and keep up the adventure tourism quotient in Jammu, the Directorate of Tourism, Jammu conducted a three day trekking expedition from Sanasar to Shankpal for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers.
The Group comprising of 30 participants from within the State and also from other States like Delhi, Hyderabad etc. made their 14 Kms long journey to Shankpal and back.
The Shankpal temple is located at the highest point on the Shankpal ridge at an altitude of 2897 metres. The camping ground is pristine, secluded and provides a spectacular view in every direction. The beautiful trek amidst lush green meadows gives a 360 degree view of Udhampur, Doda, Batote, Ramban and Patnitop region. All Trekkers found the expedition a complete rejuvenating experience and were happy to trek to Shankpal temple which has unmatched beauty. Locals maintain that the original temple was over 400 years old and no mortar was used to build this temple.
Speaking on the occasion, Om Prakash Bhagat Director Tourism, Jammu said that the participation of outside State Trekkers is a welcome step as they would spread a word about the place which is mostly untouched and unheard.
On the first day (3rd May, 2019) activities like Rock Climbing/Rappling and Ground run with Paraglides was conducted. Also camping tents were pitched at Sanasar to give a complete feel of Adventure. On the second day (4th May, 2019), the trekkers were flagged of by Nagendra Singh Jamwal Chief Executive OfficerMansar-Surinsar Development Authority and the trekking wasconducted under the supervision of Ansuya Jamwal, Deputy Director Tourism, Publicity and Adventure, Tourism, Jammu. The Himalayan Bagpipers group accompanied the trekkers adding to the liveliness and vibrancy of the surroundings. Later in evening a bonfire was lit and a cultural program depicting local folk culture of Sanasar and Ramban was organized.
The varied dance forms like Kud, Thali Dance, Flute Dance etc, were performed representing the age old customs and life style of Rural people reflecting mood enthusiasm and gaiety associated with the social events and sense of celebrating together. Also the Sanasar Lake was illuminated and well decorated with beautiful Shikaras.
The program culminated with a certificate distribution ceremony to all the participants who successfully completed the trekking expedition. Other officers who were present in the occasion wereAmbika Bali, Assistant Director Tourism, NHW Batote, Sheena Sahni, Assistant Director Tourism, Jammu etc.