Patnitop

Patnitop is definitely counted as one of the many best-developed tourist destinations in the Valley of Kashmir and a short excursion from Srinagar to Patnitop is worth your effort. You are sure to be mesmerized with a blast of utmost natural beauty decked with dense pine forests and a flourishing green landscape that will make your trip to Patnitop absolutely enjoyable.

Patnitop can be touted as one of the most scenic towns in Jammu & Kashmir, which is ideally perched at an altitude of 2,024 meters above sea level. It spans atop a beautiful plateau, which is situated at a distance of about 112 kms from Jammu, and lies across the Jammu to Srinagar Highway.

Patnitop offer tourists with an extravagant view of dense Deodhar or Cedar forest lands enveloped with lush undulating meadows that are studded with a number of scenic picnic spots, and serene walkways, apart from the breathtaking view of the mighty Chenab River.

The winter season in Patnitop witnesses a thick cover of snow that envelopes the entire region, instantly transforming Patnitop into one of the best scenic winter resort glowing with sheer hues of white and thus, offering ample opportunities for tourists to enjoy winter sports like paragliding, skiing, snow games, golfing, long nature walks, and unforgettable picnic lunches.

Adding to the charm of Patnitop as a tourist destination and hill station especially during the summer season is the fresh blossom of vibrant flowering plants and a thick culmination of forests merging with grassy regions including gentle slopes seamlessly transitioning with the backdrop of the Himalayan Ranges, are some of the attributes to look out for.

A popular tourist resort, Patnitop can boast of pristine freshwater springs capturing an endless cascade of ice-cold water known to have medicinal properties. Patnitop also features a 6-hole golf course, which is being expanded to form a 9-hole Golf Course thus, luring ample golf enthusiasts and tourists alike, during summers. Within a close range is a sacred and famous pilgrim site called Shudh Mahadev, which can be accessed by a short car excursion from Patnitop.

Patnitop is apt for adventure lovers with many water sports, winter sports, and aerial sports to indulge in. Tourists can also enjoy a range of amazing trekking options from Patnitop to the authorized designated areas in and around Jammu & Kashmir. Trekking is recommended for enjoying during the summer, when most of the trek routes are made open to tourists.

You can indulge in one of the most popular Patnitop trekking routes that commences from Sundarani through to Jungal, covering Gali, Jasarkote and Sanasar areas. This famous trek route features three exciting trails to choose from and if you have the time and energy, you can opt for all. Trekking equipments can be hired from the J&K Tourism shops at Jammu and Kud. These stores are well stocked with imported and local trekking gears available at fixed prices. These include 4-man tents (Indian), 2-man tents (imported), Carry mats (Indian and Imported), Sleeping bags (Imported), Jackets (Indian and Imported), Windcheaters (Indian), Rucksacks, and Boots (Indian and imported). All equipments are issued against a cash receipt or against a Guarantee letter signed and sealed by the Deputy Director of Tourism or the Deputy Secretary of State / Central Government of India. Also, foreign tourists must present their Passports as a security deposit.

Short-term Skiing courses in Patnitop is conducted during the months of January and February, for those interested in skiing activity. For tourist with less inclination towards adventure, they can enjoy the scenic landscapes of Patnitop by opting for a Pony ride covering short known trails, as well as enjoy a camp fire, and long nature walks leaving you with options to explore this beautiful region at your own pace. A much-proclaimed Ropeway project is underway to be constructed at Patnitop, which will definitely add to the Tourism aspects of J&K.

Patnitop is definitely a flower-endowed meadow which is ideal for people of all ages providing ample opportunity for relaxation and enjoying nature in its best form. The cool breeze and unpolluted fresh air blessed with intense greenery will definitely do you well and ensure that you return home feeling absolutely rejuvenated and reenergized.

Patnitop can be accessed by local buses that take about 5 hours to arrive at Patnitop and hired taxis covering a short drive of about 3.5 hours to arrive at Patnitop. Both means of transport are available from Jammu, Katra, and Udhampur.

Do note that the best time to visit Patnitop is from May to June, from September to October, and from December to March. Attractive and well furnished Accommodation is readily available on prior booking only, at a number of J&K TDC huts and a Government-operated Tourist Dak Bungalow, as rooms get booked out due to its central location. Please contact the J&K Tourism Office for more information and assistance.

Excursions from Kashmir