Patnitop is a popular hill station of Jammu located at an elevation of 2024 meters, across Jammu – Srinagar highway. Patnitop is a destination of those tourists who are interested in paragliding and aero sports.
Patnitop experiences different temperatures according to the altitude variation that ranges from 600 - 3000 m. The average maximum temperature that has been recorded as per this range is 35° Celsius to 10° Celsius. The average minimum temperature is in the range of 15° Celsius to -2° Celsius. March to June is the time for summer in Patnitop. The maximum temperature that has been recorded during summer is in the range of 40° Celsius - 18°Celsius and the minimum in the range of 34° Celsiusto 10° Celsius. Cotton clothes, warm clothes and woollen clothes are required according to the destination of visit in Patnitop during summer.
Monsoon in Patnitop is from July till September. Patnitop experiences thunder storms during monsoon. Warm clothes and woollen clothes will be required during the monsoon months since temperatures can drop down at an average variation rate of 6 to 8° Celsius. Sightseeing and outdoor trips can get difficult during monsoon months in Patnitop due to heavy rain falls.
Winter season in Patnitop begins from December and it lasts through February. The climate gets chilly during the winter season. The maximum temperature that has been recorded is in the range of 24° Celsius to 6° Celsius as per the altitudinal variation of the place. The minimum temperature during winter nights can get at sub-zero levels at higher altitude destinations in Patnitop. Lower altitude destinations in Patnitop have been recorded with a minimum temperature of 15° Celsius.
The best season to visit Patnitop is February to March and October to November which is also ideal for sightseeing and outdoor trips.