Jammu, Dec 16 (PTI) Hundreds of enthusiastic trekkers Sunday thronged Surinsar-Mansar twin lakes on the occasion of Mansar great trek festival here, an official spokesperson said. Also Read - Eco-friendly vehicles for tourists to ride around Mansar Lake

The occasion was marked by organising a trekking event on four different nature trails culminating at the Mansar lake, he said. Also Read - J-K Wildlife Dept to conduct census of turtles at Mansar Lake

Organised by Surinsar Mansar development authority under Mansar sunday series in collaboration with directorate of tourism, he said the trekkers were flagged off from Surinsar, Mahoregarh, Manwal and Baarigarh respectively. All the treks were manned by forest officials from the Department Of Wildlife, Directorate of Social Forestry and Territorial Forest Divisions under Eco Tourism Initiative, the spokesperson said. He said the trekking routes were opened after carrying out a recce of the nature trails by the Forest Department and its allied agencies. Also Read - JK Guv announces scholarship for differently abled students

The aim of Eco Tourism Initiative was to promote adventure activities in a sustainable and eco-friendly manner, the spokesperson said, adding that the Wildlife Department has already introduced battery-operated vehicles at Mansar to reduce carbon footprints.

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