A Hill-Station With Beauty And Adventure
Residing in the Shivalik belt of the Himalayas, Patnitop lies at a height of 2024 metres. This charming plateau is nestling with dense woods and lush greenery of Pines and is considered one of the best-developed tourist spots in the Kashmir valley. It is situated about 112 km from Jammu on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. Due to its tranquility and refreshing sites, Patnitop lures a number of tourists throughout the year.
The River Chenab flows in close proximity to Patnitop. In ancient times, there was a pondPatan Da Talab? (meaning pond of the princess) where the princesses used to take bath. The town was named 'Patnitop' in the British era because of this pond. Here are three ice-cold freshwater springs which have medicinal properties. Although it is relatively unknown in comparison to other hill stations of the state, it is unbeatable in terms of natural beauty and adventure sports.
Attractions in Patnitop
The Naag Temple
This 600-year old temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and welcomes a large number of devotees during festivals like Naag Panchmi, Shivaratri, etc. The ancient architecture of the temple is truly spell-binding.
Patnitop is an ideal starting point for many short or longer treks to the nearby destinations or hills. Take picturesque walks to nearby areas like Sanasar, Sundarani or Shiva Garh (about 11 km) to catch unseen facades of nature. These walks offer splendid view of the mountains in the Chenab Basin.
The town receives heavy snowfall in winters. The snow covered slopes of Patnitop are perfect skiing sites.
Aero sports are quite popular here. The months of May-June and September-October are considered most favourable for paragliding. Hot-air Ballooning is another popular activity in Patnitop.
Despite being a small town, Patnitop is visited by lakhs of tourists every year. The town offers various private huts, tourist bungalows, budget hotels and luxurious hotels for comfortable and isolated accommodation. Most of the accommodation units are maintained by J&KTDC.
By Air: Jammu (112 km) is the nearest airport.
By Rail: The nearest railhead is Jammu.
By Road: Patnitop is well connected with all the major cities of the state by state road transportation. Buses ply from Jammu quite frequently. Private taxis are also available for intercity as well as local transportation.