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Patnitop Tourism

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  • State: Jammu & Kashmir
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: Udhampur
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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Sumanjeet kaur

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  • Sumanjeet kaur
  • 10 Reviews
  •  364 readers

"Chilling"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 7, 2017
Its a very simpe park and a hill to. Very good for couples wanting quality time and enjoying with group of friends. Naag temle and lake are a good visit pint. But most fun and frolick is in the parks of Patnitop with friends. Local food is good and simple nothing special. Maggi and eggs with coffee are stape food here as hotels ff ring other foods are generally expensive. Hotels amenities are below average due to hilly region. Nothing much to enjoy for a long time but only for a day or two. And that too with good compny
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Raj Kamal

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  • Raj Kamal
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  • Lives in Delhi
  • 93 photos
  • 100 Reviews
  •  380 helpful votes
  •  97611 readers

"Nice Hill Station"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 2, 2017
Patnitop is the nearest hill station located en route to Srinagar and at 115 odd kms, it can be reached in 3-3. 5 hrs from Jammu.
Weather remains beautiful all through the year however best time to visit is during the summer months for a cool respite from hot Jammu.
A beautiful 6 lane highway connects Jammu to Udampur and a distance of 45 kms can be covered in no time. Udhampur onward journey is bit painful as roads are in bad shape but construction of new highway till Srinagar is in full swing. Toll charge is rs 85/- one way.
There are many options for stay and Samson, Forest View, Patnitop Heights, Shiva resorts etc are good options. Food options are many and not expensive. Many of the hotels have in house Bar.
There are many places to see around in Patnitop but nothing much to do as far as activities go. So it is best suited for clam and unwinding holidays with family and friends.
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Abhishek maloo

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  • Abhishek maloo
  • 3 Reviews
  •  659 readers

"Excellent stay in Patnitop"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 22, 2016
About hotel Samson in Patnitop. Very nice property, excellent house keeping. Good staff. Would like to opt again and will advise to friends as well to stay in this hotel. Need improvement in breakfast which was not good. Overall very good experience.
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Prabal Awasthi

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  • Prabal Awasthi
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 20 photos
  • 75 Reviews
  •  44 helpful votes
  •  40254 readers

"A refreshing destination near Jammu"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 30, 2016
Patnitop lies around 110 km from Jammu on Jammu Srinagar road.. A chilled destination to relax from heat of Jammu.. Its beautiful scenery full of pine and deodar trees fills you with energy.. It has beautiful lush green parks and apple garden and a holy temple of Nag Deva... If you enjoy this destination one night stay is must.
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Chitendra nath goswami

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  • Chitendra nath goswami
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 11 photos
  • 9 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  2857 readers

"Place for enjoyable holidays"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 28, 2016
Patnitop is a very decent holiday destination in hilltop. One can enjoy the beautiful forestry and clean environment. Morning and evening walk through the forest is very pleasant and temperature during June is quite normal and cold wind is enjoyable. It is a very good destination for holidays during summer.
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Arnav Mathur

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  • Arnav Mathur
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 75 Reviews
  •  61 helpful votes
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"All year day getaway"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 17, 2016
Located an hours drive from Udhampur, this place is perfect for a day outing all throughout the year. During the summers, one can enjoy the beauty of the green meadows and in the winters one can enjoy the snow blanket covered on all the mountains and even indulge in small snow games/activities.
Witnessing the snow fall is an experience in itself and pair it up with a bhutta in hand, a perfect lifelong memory.
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Sonal Bharadwaj

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  • Sonal Bharadwaj
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
  • 5 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  2362 readers

"Beautiful place to see"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jun 13, 2016
Patnitop appears to be an underrated place. Before my visit I was scared there is nothing to do at Patnitop. But it is realtime off beat holiday location. After a tiring visit to Vaishno Devi shrine, everyone must relax here for a two days. A perfect weekend getaway to relax in the arms of nature and do nothing. Nathatop and Sanasar Lake are amazingly beautiful natural sceneries. Amazing and beautiful for nature lovers.

Could be tiring for old age people though.
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Saurabh

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  • Saurabh
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 photos
  • 10 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  939 readers

"Lovely place and weather"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 11, 2016
The place is awesome.

The climate is amazing throughout.

Best place enjoying good weather in summers.

You can visit this place if you're travelling to Vaishno Devi.

Just beware of 'Chingu' blanket offers, it's a complete fraud. It's not government registered but they try to fool you by saying so.

Otherwise take a resort and enjoy the scenery that's what is known for :)
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Dheeraj pal

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  • Dheeraj pal
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  12185 readers

"Good for short trip"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 5, 2016
To get yourself relaxed, this is best place to visit in this region and state. Pani-Puri seller in garden has very good preparation. Please try it for sure. Children garden is waste of time swings are poorly maintained. Instead go to main garden and swings are good there. This location is good for short trip not for long trip.
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C.s. manish Dasgupta

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  • C.s. manish Dasgupta
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Must visit this place with family or friends"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 12, 2016
You can take a cab from Katra to reach Patnitop. Good Road conditions. Food available after every 10 odd km's. And loads of off shops. One must visit this place with family or friends. Both experiences will be completely different. We were a group of 6 and took an innova for 2 days covering Jammu, patnitop and nathatop (10km from patnitop).
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