Patnitop Tourism

Patnitop Tourism

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We took a car from Chandigadh to Jammu. Had some personal work at Jammu. Next morning we took a local taxi to Patni Top. Its always better to use local transport on unknown terrain. The distance was about 100 odd km. After the turn to Katra (The famed Vaishno Devi base town), the road starts climbing uphill. The road is fairly good, it took us about 2-1/2 to 3 hours to reach the top. On the way a brief stop at KUD village is a must. The fresh, cool water of Jhelum coming from a Lion Mouth has to be tasted,experienced and the freshness it gives is to be felt all over. It's real cool and refreshing. Also, the hot Sonpapdi (a sweet preparation made of ground gram) must be tasted and savoured. It just dissolves on the tongue.
Reaching Patni Top, we encountered our first snow. The vast expanse was completely under the blanket of snow and very pleasing to the senses. We got out of the car and entered the park. Rubber shoes are available on rent to walk on the snow. As we were getting ready for the walk, we were blessed with a nice, light snow fall. It was exhilarating. It lasted maybe 15-20 minutes but was really enjoyable. Later it started raining. Then we went to the nature park ahead a km. There we had again a vast expanse of snow. The walk was very nice.
The place has tall Deodar trees lining the road. In summer the vast expanse turns into a Green Carpet. I had earlier visited this place in Summer and spent a night in a tent under the twinkling stars. I was impressed with the place hence this second visit in winter.
A few km away lies the famous Jawahar Tunnel which is the gateway to the Valley of Kashmir.
Pony riding, camping, long walks are enjoyable here.
There are eateries and hotels around for a comfortable stay. And a tipple in the cold was very welcome in a Bar at the top.
In summer, it is pleasant and you can beat the Jammu heat, in winter, it is good for experiencing the snow so near Jammu without actually going to the valley. Natha Top nearby is also worth a visit.

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Gaurang Kirtikar
  • Gaurang Kirtikar
  • Lives in Chandigarh
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  • 12 Reviews

"An encounter with Snow!" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
We took a car from Chandigadh to Jammu. Had some personal work at Jammu. Next morning we took a local taxi to Patni Top. Its always better to use local transport on unknown terrain. The distance was about 100 odd km. After the turn to Katra....... More
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Bhargavi Sriram
  • Bhargavi Sriram
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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  • Posted 8 months ago
It is a nice place to visit. but it does not need a special visit for the place. Don't expect much from the place. Overall you will have good romantic weather. Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Do not expect any shopping from the place, but....... More
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Santhosh Bala
  • Santhosh Bala
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Paradise of Earth - Literally!!"

  • Posted 10 months ago
Snow Covered Mountains everywhere - Patni Top and Pathan Top are great place to spend atleast 2 or 3 days in our life. Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food - Availability is Good but do NOT expect great taste!! Shopping - Not a place to....... More
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Srinivas R
  • Srinivas R
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  • Lives in Mysore
  • 3 Reviews


  • Posted 11 months ago
The destination is much similar to ooty with lot of pine trees around with winding roads. Good point to catch a sunset. Quite lonely during the evening hours. There is a small naga temple which is under renovation but surrounded by a small....... More
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Rajesh Vadodaria
  • Rajesh Vadodaria
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  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Excellent location"

  • Posted 12 months ago
It is very excellent location once must visit it. the atmosphere is very good and sight seeing is also very nice . I advice that every one should visit this place Food, sight-seeing and shopping: excellent Activities & things to do:....... More
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Patnitop Info

  • State: Jammu & Kashmir
  • Famous for/as: Hill
Patnitop or Patni Top is a hill top tourist spot located in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir. Situated on a secluded plateau in the Shiwalik belt of the Himalayas, Patnitop is a popular destination offering opportunities for adventure sports, walks and picnics.

Situated amidst picturesque surroundings, Patnitop lies at an altitude of 2,024 m above sea level in the Lower Himalayan Ranges. It is situated on National Highway 1A, between Udhampur and Srinagar, at a distance of 35 km from Udhampur and 112 km from Jammu.

There are no substantial records of the earlier history of Patnitop when compared to its nearby towns of Kudh, Batote and Udhampur. The presence of the 600 year old 'Nag Temple', a temple to honour the Serpent deity, is the only evidence to prove earlier inhabitation at this place.

As per the local lore, the name Patnitop originated from the phrase 'Patan da Talab', meaning ‘pond of the Princess’. It is believed that there was a pond on the grassy slopes of this place where a princess used to bathe.

Patnitop was a part of the princely state of Jammu & Kashmir. The tourism industry flourished at Patnitop after militancy began to disturb the tourism industry of Kashmir. Patnitop witnessed a huge influx of visitors from the neighbouring states of Jammu, Punjab and Delhi.

Located on the lower reaches of the Pir Panjal mountain range, the hill station of Patnitop is built on an irregular, more or less flattened plateau, with River Chenab flowing close by. Low rolling hills covered with shrubs and pines surround this plateau.

Patnitop is full of deodar, which is one among the world's four varieties of 'true cedars'. Patnitop’s long natural walking trails, dense woods of pine and deodars, views of the Chenab Basin and thick snow sheets in winter attract tourists in large numbers.

An all season destination, Patnitop has a lot to offer to its visitors which ranges from camping, trekking and nature walks to paragliding, abseiling, rock climbing and skiing. From Patnitop, excursions can be taken to Buddha Amarnath Temple, Bahu Fort and temple and the holy caves of Vaishno Devi.    

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