Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Patnitop - An Excellent Vantage Point to Enjoy

Patnitop is a beautiful hill station in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir. It is one of the best tourist spot for adventure sports, peaceful walks and unforgettable picnic. It is 112 km ahead of Jammu. It is a 20th century hill station and all other hill stations of this state had been discovered centuries ago. This area is bounded by dense forests of pine and cedar trees. There are three ice-cold freshwater springs in the area, which are said to have medicinal properties. In winter, the resort is generally covered with snow, thus providing opportunities for various snow games including skiing.

Best Time to Visit

Although Patnitop, the quite paradise, is an ‘anytime’ place, summer is the best time for visit because of its cool and bracing climate. If seeking snowboard joys, December to March is the time to be here. September and October is also a best time to be here.

How to Reach There:-

a) By Air

The nearest airport is at Jammu. It will take 3 hours to reach Patnitop.

b) By Rail

The nearest railway station and rail-head is also located at Jammu.

c) By Road

Buses and taxies are available from all the important cities like Jammu, Kata, Udhampur, Chineni etc. The route from Jammu is NH1A to Patnitop via Domel, Udhampur and Chineni.

Activities to Do


All the trekking routes are open in summer season. It is a suitable place for any long and short treks. Trekking equipments like rucksacks, jackets, carry mats, tents, sleeping bags and windcheaters are available from tourism shops of Jammu and Kud.

2. Skiing

Skiing is possible in January and February for tourists when there is snow all around. One should get a host of skiing options at a place called Madhatop which is around 6 kilometers from Patnitop.

3. Paragliding

Paragliding joyride is possible at Sansar which is 20 kms away from Patnitop. Anybody within a weight limit and with an average health and courage can experience a paragliding joyride here. There is a pilot who will fly the Paraglider, you will be a passanger attached to the glider and tothe pilot, in tandem.

4. Pony Riding

If you wish, there are ponies on hire and one can utilize this opportunity.

5. Camping and Walks

The flowery meadows of Patnitop consist of an ideal place for walks and camping. It is easy to walk around Patnitop – never too hot and crowded.

Must-Visit Spots in and around Patnitop:-

Chinar Garden, Skating Garden and Picnic Spot are the three must visit spots of this place. Madha Top, the ridge opposite Patnitop and Sansar, a grassy meadow fringed by fir trees are the other two must visit spot out of Patnitop.

Places of Religious Importance:-

1. Nag Temple

The 6th century Nag Temple at Ishadhari is within Patnitop itself. The small bazaar that has sprung up around it offers some cherry-like dried fruits that double up as ‘prasad’ as well as mementos.

2. Shudh Mahadev Ka Pahad

Shudh Mahadev is famous for its archeological importance. It stands on the bank of the holy river Dewak. It isone of the well known pilgrimage centre of Jammu and Kashmir.

3. Shiv Khori

Shiv Khori, the holy cave, is situated 100 kms away from Jammu. It is considered second only to the shrine of Vaishnodevi according to religious importance.

4. Mantalai

Its religious link is that Lord Shiva is said to have married Parvathi Devi here.

5. Krimchi

Krimchi is one of the oldest temple in Jammu region.

6. Raghunath Temple

Raghunath Temple is in the heart of Jammu. It is surrounded by a group of other temples. This temple is dedicated to Lord Rama.

7. Budha Amarnath Temple

Budha Amarnath Temple, the unique Shiva Temple is the other important pilgrimage centre near Patnitop.

Important Hotels at Patnitop

1. Hotel Green Top

Hotel Green Top, the business hotel, offers modern amenities and facilities. It also offers unmatched views and it enjoys the most silence.

2. Subash Palace

All the rooms of this hotel face the valleys of the Chenab Basin. This is a very comfortable hotel with modern facilities. Don’t miss the indoor games here.

3. Vardaan Resorts

The resort has comfortable rooms with television, heaters and refrigerators. The entertainment centre of this hotel offers some indoor games for its guests. It also offers equipment for trekking which includes trekking.

4. Asia the Oasis Resort

Asia the Oasis Resort in Panchot, 4 kms away from Patnitop offers great view of the gorge. It has an open air restaurant with multi cuisine meals. All the rooms are cozy and comfortable.

5. Hotel Holiday Inn

All the rooms are comfortable with modern amenities. The hotel has a bar and a multi cuisine restaurant. It is also in closeness to the main shopping area.

6. Hotel Sushant

The hotel has a swimming pool, business centre and a bar. Other basic amenities are internet, gym, restaurant with tasty food etc. The two star hotel is suitable for those on a fixed budget and provide prim and proper accommodation.

7. Hotel Forest View

The hotel has parking facilities and good possibilities for all levels of skiing. Other services and facilities include travel desk facility, direct dialing STD/ISD facility, room service, power backup etc.

8. Hotel Jayshree

It offers cozy accommodation with state of art facilities to its guests. All the hotel rooms are well designed with table, luggage rack and cupboard for the convenience of the guest. The important hotel facilities include travel assistance, car rental facilities, parking area and house keeping services.

Take a break from the activities of daily life and go to Patnitop. A holiday here will surely leave you relaxed and invigorated. While in Patnitop you can really enjoy your holidays with your family and with friends by visiting all the places in and around the city.


  1. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  2. Kashmir is a Godly place..the heaven still falls here

  3. I like your post about hill station about Kashmir which is one of the best places for tourist. IMO, Gulmarg is a gorgeous place if someone seeking the hill station. Skiing is the top attraction of it and most of the tourist visit there.
    Moreover, Panitop also a beautiful hill station of Kashmir which is heaven in the world and very peaceful.

  4. Yes, Patnitop hill station it is outstanding and this place is hard to beat with all its attractiveness as a hill station. It is a delightful plateau at an altitude of 2, 024 m. The grassland is surrounded by solid forest and lush green Pines.