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Amongst the various lakes in Kashmir, Manasbal is the deepest. In ancient Hindu legends the lake is represented as unfathomable, and it is related that a holy man (reshi) spent several years in making a line long enough to reach the bottom of the lake, but despairing of success he threw himself in the lake never to rise again. According to Sir Auriel Stein the lake was formerly known as Manasa or as Manasaras. This ancient name is derived from the sacred hindu lake on the mythical Mount Kailash, usually located in the Mansarovar of the Tibetian highlands.

Manasbal Club: The project focuses on the Manasbal Lake. Manasbal Lake is a major tourist attraction and visitors from all over the country are seen enjoying its beauty during summer months. It was proposed to construct the Manasbal Club within the site where the tourism cafeteria-cum-rest-house once existed; and which was gutted down. There was, therefore, a pressing tourism requirement for exclusive guest accommodation. The site is about 500ft away from the lake shore and situated on a terrace that overlooks the Lake.

Sports Centre: A need was felt to provide leisure sports activity in the vicinity of the Manasbal Club with medium sporting facilities like bowling alley, snooker, and table tennis etc.



 

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