Patnitop

Overview

Located in the Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir, Patnitop is a tourist hill-station that offers you the perfect blend of natural beauty and adventures. It is at an altitude of about 2,024m and pine tree forests encircle it from all the sides. The panoramas here with snow-laden mountains are just majestic. It is an ideal gateway from your hectic city life when you can spend some days amidst nature and experience the thrill of various outdoor activities here like paragliding, hiking, trekking, skiing, sledging, sightseeing etc. 

The name Patnitop is a deconstructed version of the original name “Patan Da Talab”, which loosely translates as “Pond of the Princess”. It is because in ancient times, a pond used to be there in the lush meadows , whose part still exists, where the king’s princess would go for a bath. The best time to visit Patnitop is from November to March as it is a celebrated winter-sports offering destination. The temperature during this time goes in minus and heavy snowfall can be experienced. Summer is an ideal time too due to pleasant weather. 

It is a place where various festivals are celebrated like Naag Panchami in the Naag Mandir and Winter carnival is a popular event here too. It has established itself as a popular place for family outings and honeymoon too. You should plan a trip here with Cliffhangers India to get the best of it. We assure you top-notch experience along with big discounts on our packages. 

Places To Visit In Patnitop

Nathatop

Nathatop is a famous attraction among tourists in Patnitop and it is easily accessible from here too. At an elevation of 2,711m, you can enjoy skiing and sledging here and Winter would be an excellent time to visit here for experiencing these recreational activities here. Only snow can be seen here in winters, like on the Pir Panjal Range.

The view from the top of the hills gives you crystal clear scenes of the Himalayas.it is important to keep in mind to layer yourself well to face extreme cold breezes and live snowfall. For other activities like paragliding, sightseeing, summer spanning from May to June is the preferred time due to mild weather and moderate temperature. 

It is at a distance of just 14 kilometres from Patnitop and Udhampur is the nearest railway station. From here, you can take a cab or bus to reach the hill station. 

Sanasar Lake

About 20 kilometres west of Patnitop, Sanasar Lake is located, nestled in the nearby Shanta Ridge. It is also called “ Mini Gulmarg of Jammu”. The lake gets its name from two small local lakes called ‘Sana’ and ‘Sar’. Some of the things to do in Sarasar are paragliding, Wilderness Adventure Camps(WAC) etc. 

Naag Mandir, Shank Pal Temple are some nearby places that can be visited here. 

Trekking is one another recreational activity here, offering small trekking trails. One example of such would be a trek to Shanta Gala, which is a pass on the Shanta Ridge. Reaching there, this pass will give an astounding view of Panchari Valley.

Summer is a great time to visit Sanasar Lake. 

You can take a train to the nearest Udhampur station and from there hire a can to reach your destination. 

Shiva Garh

Shiva Garh is a recognised trekking destination near Patnitop, at an altitude of 3500m. A trek of 11 kilometres which takes merely a day from your itinerary gives you a memorable view of Patnitop landscape. It is quite popular among trekkers as it is short yet thrilling in every way. 

The highlight of this trek to Shiva Garh is that it takes you to the dense forests of pine trees which add an environmental and adventurous aspect to the whole experience. 

The most convenient time to do the trek would be from March to October. The weather is balmy and warm and the trails are clear and accessible too. They are easier to navigate. It is a popular picnic spot too. 

It might not be a long trek but you should be fully prepared for it. Carry all the trekking gears along with a reusable water bottle, some power snacks and a first-aid kit. 

Remain updated about weather conditions as unfamiliarity with it may cause unnecessary troubles. 

Madhatop

You can either trek for 5 kilometres to reach Madhatop from Patnitop or do a small road-trip. Both the options are available but the trekking gives you an unforgettable experience of moving further in the thick woods and a surreal view of Chenab basin.

Along with a popular trekking trail, it also presents the travellers with the opportunity of experiencing winter-sports like skiing and summer sports like Paragliding. The best time would depend on your preference of sport. Winter turns it into a snowy paradise while summer excites you with the best views of vistas, streams and mountains and is an ideal time for sightseeing too. 

There are three freshwater springs in Madhatop which are believed to have medicinal properties. Bring your cameras to click amazing shots here to make the memories of a lifetime. 

Sudh Mahadev Temple

The ancient temple lies 42 kilometres from Patnitop in a small town of Shivgarh and somewhere 112 kilometres from Jammu. The Mandir is believed to be built about 1000 years ago with the Shivling being 3000 years old. The divine presence of Goddess Parvati is mentioned in the local legends who used to worship Lord Shiva after bathing in the Gouri Kund. 

It showcases the rich heritage and history of Kashmir. Pilgrimages from all over the country visit the temple to seek blessings of the Indestructible. 

It also contains Trishul of Shiva along with black marble statues of Shiva and Parvati in the local forms. All these things hold great religious significance. 

An underground stream called as Devak originated at Sudh Mahadev and then disappears mysteriously. The water body is said to be as sacred as Ganges. 

Full Moon Night Festival in Sawan is the time when most of the crowd is seen here. It is a festival celebrated here to worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. 

Padora Enclave

A small shopping hub of Patnitop, Pandora Enclave is visited by travellers to get some souvenirs. It is one and only place to purchase things in Patnitop near the Naag Temple. You can buy the famous Pashmina shawls here along with other items like dry fruits, Kashmiri handicrafts. Earlier it was a remote place only accessible to locals but it gained popularity in the later years. 

You can also take slow walks here. However, a shopping spree here is a must thing to do. 

Billo Ki Powri

The 270-staircases carved from mountains are the Billo ki Powri or Engraved Stairs. It is an unusual tourist attraction but visited by many travellers. On climbing these stairs, you will reach a place in Patnitop called Dawariyai, a famous paragliding spot.

The journey of these stairs is a bit challenging due to its steepness but offers a stunning view of Kud so it’s worth it. The architecture is old-style but shows great examples of craftsmanship. 

It is also a shortcut to Batote, believed to be built by King Chenani. 

March to October is the preferred time to visit Billo Ki Powri as the weather is pleasant to climb these stairs and you can also do paragliding. Avoid going when it rains heavily in Patnitop. 

Baglihar Dam

Baglihar Dam is also called as Baglihar Hydroelectric Power Project, built on the Chenab river.

It is located in the Ramban district of Jammu And Kashmir. The dam is present between two hills, offering mesmerising views. You can visit this location to get to know the technological advancements this area is developing. It is about 40 kilometres from Patnitop and a one hour drive is sufficient to reach here. However, it depends on road and weather conditions. 

Naag Mandir

Naag Temple is religiously very important as it is said that Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati here. It was built 600 years ago and is dedicated to Naag Devta and people come here to offer their prayers. The ancient temple is located on the tophill in Mantalai. Naag Panchami is celebrated here and during this time, people come here to participate and see its beauty. The snakes are offered milk but do it cautiously. It is believed that whoever visits the temple comes with a hope of getting their wishes fulfilled. Tie a red ribbon for this.  And once it’s done they come back and organise a Langer. 

Photography is not allowed inside the temple and don’t try it. Respect the local beliefs and cultures. It is at a distance of about 42 kilometres from Patnitop and a road trip of one and half an hour is the time taken to reach the place. 

Patnitop Circular Road

As the name suggests, Patnitop Circular Road forms a loop around Patnitop where you can enjoy road drives while enjoying the mesmerising beauty of the vistas. 

On the sides of Circular roads, you can find many picnic spots, and small Dhabas and cafes where you can enjoy a break with local dishes. 

It is accessible twelve months a year but summer is the time when most of the people visit here. The place also offers manu outdoor activities like skiing and snowboarding in winters. 

Best Time To Visit Patnitop

Patnitop In Summer

Temperature rises in summer ,lasting from May to August, fluctuating between 15°C to 25°C and may drop a bit low at nights but still tolerable. The days are warm and the sun is out. It is an ideal time for adventurous activities like trekking, paragliding, hiking and sightseeing, photography etc. Patnitop tourism is at its peak during this period of time. The stagnant climate with everything covered in snow turns into green and lush meadows with crystal-clear views of streams and valleys. You can visit nearby tourist attractions like Naag Temple, Sanasar Lake, Nathatop etc. 

Carry mostly cotton full-sleeves clothes but don’t forget a jacket as nights are comparatively colder. And you will see plenty of crowds in Summer. 

Patnitop In Autumn

Autumn marks the transition from balmy weather to crisp air in the atmosphere. Temperature ranges between 10°C to 20°C and there’s warmness in the climate. 

Shades of hues cover the valleys, landscapes and grasslands. You see leaves changing colours in the dense forests, creating a magical effect. 

Autumn is again a convenient time to plan a trip to Patnitop. Lasting from September to October mid, this is one of the most visited times due to pleasant weather and easier to navigate routes. You can explore the streams and waterfalls and spend some time by the shores. Autumn is an excellent time for photography. You can click amazing portraits of the vistas, the meadows and snow-clad mountains. Pack some cotton as well as warm clothes. 

Autumn In Winter

Winter lasts from December to March when temperature is between 0°C to -10°C. Patnitop experiences heavy snowfall and transforms it into a winter wonderland. 

You will feel cold breezes during this time of the year but the whole experience is just magical. You will get to experience different types of winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding as the place has perfect and adventurous slopes for them. You get good offers on hotels and other services as this is not the peak season for tourism in Patnitop. Winter Carnival is being hosted in Patnitop by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department in January and February and lots of travellers attend the event. 

Layer yourself well with woollen clothes and jackets and wear a snow boot. 

Remain updated about the current road conditions as they face closure due to blockage by snow. 

Things To Do In Patnitop

Trekking

Patnitop is popular as a trekking destination having small trekking trails that can be completed in just a few hours. The trek to Shiv Ghar is just 11 kilometres long and it is perfect whether you are an adventure enthusiast or devotee of Shiva. The trek is challenging, offering you a mix of natural beauty and different thrilling routes on your way through forests, steep ascent etc. 

The best time for trekking in Patnitop is from March to October as the weather is ideal and delightful for it. 

Keep in mind to check the current condition of the routes and weather situation too, 

Packing is crucial too. Carry water bottles, snacks and wear proper clothes.

Skiing

The whole town is covered in snow in winters hence forming perfect slopes for skiing. Skiing is chosen by many travellers here at Patnitop. Skiing is accessible from late December to March but January and February are the best months for it as the snow really sticks to the ground. Some of the skiing spots in Patnitop are Madhatop, Nathatop and more. These two are the famous ones. The place offers skiing courses that range from beginner-friendly to advanced level. 

Wear proper clothes like thermals and jackets and be ready with all the skiing equipment like Skis, boots and poles. 

Always have an instructor with you so that he can teach you the basics if you are a beginner. 

 

Nature Walks

Patnitop has vast landscapes and streams where you can take nature walks along the shores and attain serenity. Walking barefoot in the grasslands is very soothing. 

One other famous nature walk is Pine Forest Walk where you navigate through dense forests surrounding Patnitop. 

Mantalai nature walk is another stroll that you can take in the picturesque spot of Mantalai. A circular walk around Patnitop that takes you through towns on the outskirts of the hill station is suggested too. You see an insight into the livelihood of locals and their culture. 

Paragliding

There are several paragliding spots in Patnitop that offer paragliding for a beginner as well as experienced. The duration lasts from 15 minutes to 30 minutes depending on the type you have chosen and the money paid. The cost per person varies from 2500 to 4000. You see the town, the valleys, the meadows, forests from a long height. Showing magical sides of everything. When doing it, choose a school who provides you safety gears in a good condition. Immediately tell your instructor if you face any kind of trouble. 

If you have any kind of heart problem or something to do with your respiratory system, it is advisable to avoid it. 

Shopping In The City

There are not many spots for shopping in Patnitop. But the famous Pandora Enclave is one such place where you can go for a shopping spree. It is near Naag Temple. 

The shops here sell Pashmina Shawls, dry fruits, spices and Kashmiri Architecture.

You can take evening strolls in the markets and talk to locals and interact with them to get to know about the local traditions and cultures. 

City Shopping Central Patnitop is another place to purchase souvenirs for your friends and family. 

Picnic

Patnitop has several places to plan a picnic with yourself and spend some time in nature. Get a basket and some snacks in the grasslands and by shores of streams to soak in the beauty of the environment. The sunrise and sunset is the best time for it in the hill station. One of the prominent places in Patnitop for picnics is Kud Park.

Look out for insects here on the ground and choose a flat and clean place for your mat. 

Photography

Patnitop is every photographer’s bliss. The place gives you ample opportunities to click pictures. The meadows, the valleys, the snow-clad mountains, the streams with sparkling water are your muse for a photography adventure here at Patnitop. You can click the wildlife in their natural habitat. 

Don’t forget to bring your cameras and make memories of a lifetime. 

Remember to not take photos of locals without their permission. They are shy and may not like it. Ask them nicely and if they say so then you can click them and with them. 

Stroll In Kud Park

Kud Park is located in Kud and is popular as a picnic destination and spending the evening taking a stroll. It is safe for couples as well as people who have come here with their families. 

You can buy ‘Pasita’, a favourite sweet of this region and enjoy it here. The park is located on the Udhampur Srinagar Highway, on your way from Jammu to Patnitop. 

How To Reach Patnitop

By air: The nearest airport  is Jammu Airport to where major flights are available from major Indian cities. The distance between Jammu Airport and Patnitop is 110 kilometres and you can take  a taxi or bus to reach the town. Book your tickets in advance so that there is no fear of cancellation and you also save some money on them. 

By train: There are two prominent railway stations that are available if you have opted for a train journey. One is in Jammu and other in Udhampur. From Jammu, you have to cover a distance of 110 kms to reach Patnitop. If your final destination of the train is at Udhampur, then Patnitop is about 46 kilometres from here. Cabs and taxis are available from here to reach the town.

By car: If you are travelling through a car then, National Highway 44 is the route to reach Patnitop from Jammu city, Udhampur and Katra and many other regions of Jammu and Kashmir. It is a safe highway and you must be updated about its current condition. 

Katra to Patnitop: Distance between Katra and Patnitop is about 85 kilometres which would take almost 2 hours to reach. 

Jammu to Patnitop: 110 kilometres separate Jammu from Patnitop and the time taken is 2.5 hours. 

Udhampur to Patnitop: Patnitop is 46 kilometres away from Udhampur which also has a railway station. A one hour drive is enough to reach Patnitop. 

Srinagar to Patnitop: 165 kilometres is the total distance that needed to be covered from Srinagar to Patnitop in four and half hours. 

Essential Information

Network and connectivity in Patnitop

Since the place is in Jammu, it has decent network connectivity giving coverage of major networks among which Airtel works the best. It might vary depending on the place as high-altitude regions have limited or sometimes non-existent networks. Different cafes offer wifi-service where you can do some work. Hotels have this service too but they charge extra for it. 

Carry a satellite phone and a GPS to be on the safer side. You can contact your service provider about network coverage of a specific location. Other than this, don’t forget to pack your charger, a power bank in case you don’t get electricity. 

Safety tips to visit Patnitop

Proper clothing: it is advisable to wear decent and full sleeved clothes when visiting temples and shrines, respecting the culture of the locals. When doing outdoor activities like Paragliding, neither wear too tight nor too loose to be comfortable. 

Restricted photography: Some places in Patnitop like Naag Temple restrict photography inside the temple. Be sincere about that and don’t do anything forcefully. People here are very disciplined about the culture and beliefs. 

Travelling partner: You can surely travel to Patnitop solo but taking someone along is more appreciated especially if you are going for the first time. It is safer and you get help in reaching and exploring different places.  

Advance booking: Advance everything in advance via online websites like your flights, accommodations etc. It is highly suggested in the peak months when flights and hotels are packed with tourists. 

Transportation options to explore Patnitop

Local taxis and auto rickshaws: You can hire a taxi or take an auto rickshaw to reach the town from the airport or railway station. You can pick them to explore the nearby places too. They are not very pricey and some negotiation will save you from over pricing. Roads are very well connected in Patnitop with internal routes and highways to travel by. 

Private cars and motorbikes: You can rent a car or motorbike in Patnitop. Hotels, local rental shops give you such offers. This option gives you the freedom of exploring the town at your own pace. Make sure the vehicle covers all types of insurance and has proper documentation. It must be maintained and fully-serviced. 

Tourist buses: There are private and state-owned buses, operating from one place to another in Patnitop. 

By walk: Since any attractions in Patnitop are at a walking distance, you can surely go for it. Treks, hiking to places comes under it. Make sure you are physically fit to do this because once you start it, you have to finish it. The price here is nothing except some essentials that you should have with you like a water bottle, some snacks, and proper clothing. 

Where To Stay In Patnitop

Hotels and resorts: There are plenty of hotels and resorts in Patnitop. Be it a couple or family, they are sizable rooms available with lots of services. They range from budget to mid-budget and up to luxury. 

Guesthouses and homestays: Guesthouses and homestays in Patnitop are more affordable and offer comfortable and cosy stays.  

Staying with a local family may not give you much privacy but it has its own benefits like getting to know about the traditional household of Jammu and Kashmir and relish the food made from locally sourced ingredients. 

Cottages: Staying in a cottage in Patnitop is an amazing option that gives you the much needed personal space in a small space. It is a good option for couples. The idea of staying in a cottage that has a rustic charm to it sounds surreal. 

Camping: If you want to be encircled by nature all the time, camping must be your pick. Staying the night in a surrounding where streams are flowing by sides with snow-laden mountains as your morning view is just majestic. There are numerous campsites in Patnitop where you can pitch your tents and relax.

FAQ's

Patnitop is famous as a hill station where a bunch of summer as well as sports activities are offered like skiing, snowboarding, trekking, hiking, etc. 
Patnitop expects tourists throughout the year but the best time would be summer. You get to do sightseeing and outdoor activities like paragliding and more. 
Yes, Patnitop is definitely worth a visit due to obvious reasons. The place displays natural beauty in the best form. You will attain serenity after coming here. 
If you have one day for Patnitop, you can visit Nathatop, Billo ki Powri, Naag temple and Sanasar. You need a specified one-day itinerary for it. 
You can buy Pashmina shawls, dry fruits, species , and Kashmiri architecture here at Pandora Enclave in Patnitop. 
Snow is seen in the winters from December to March but the snow that just sticks to the ground is experienced in January and february.   
Patnitop is located in the Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir. 
You can do skiing, snowboarding, paragliding, sledging, trekking, hiking, sightseeing and photography in Patnitop.
Some of the places to explore in Patnitop are Mathatop, Nathatop, Billo ki Powri, Naag Temple, Patnitop Circular road etc. 
The distance between Katra and Patnitop is 85 kms and you can take a bus or cab or car to reach Patnitop via National Highway 44.
Take a flight to Jammu Airport from Delhi and then from Jammu either a bus or a cab to reach Patnitop which is 110 kms away. You can take a train to Jammu or Udhampur, whichever is available. 
There are various options to reach Patnitop. One is through a flight to Jammu Airport and you can also pick a train to Jammu or Udhampur station. From the station or airport, cabs and buses are readily available which will make you reach Patnitop. National Highway 44 is there for road trips.
4-5 days are sufficient to explore almost the entire Patnitop along with enjoying outdoor activities. 
Yes, it is totally safe to visit Patnitop. Have a tour guide to spend the vacation safely and with stability. Be updated about the current weather and road conditions. 
Trekking, hiking, sightseeing, paragliding, photography are some of the things to do in Patnitop in summer.
Skiing, snowboarding and sledging are enjoyed in Patnitop in december.   
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