Patnitop or Patni top is a tourist location on a hilltop in Udhampur district in Jammu and Kashmir, a state of India. In close proximity of Chenab River, this location is a mesmerizing aura around it. Living in beautiful tourist huts, at the hill top; amidst the glory of nature and being drenched the ethereal beauty is a thing to fancy. People come here with great enthusiasm and get rejuvenated with the magic of nature.
History- The original name of this place was ‘Patan da talab’ meaning “Pond of the princess”. But the original name got distorted over the time, beginning from the warped up British revenue records, and remains intact with the identity of this place till date. So now instead of “Patan Da Talab”, it is called ‘Patni top’.
Description- Patnitop is located in the Lower Himalayan Range close to Pir Panjal range, 112 km from Jammu. Perched on a beautiful plateau, surrounded on all sides by lush green forests of Ceda/Deodar trees, Patnitop offers a picturesque landscape, serene surroundings and makes a lovely picnic spot.
A thick snowfall is experienced at this place during winters due to the altitude. Covered in white snow, this place gets adorned even more. People enjoy all sorts of games, especially skiing.
Places for Trekking
Paragliding- The ecstatic and thrilling paragliding rides are conducted at Dawariyai on the Patnitop Sanasar road. The takeoff site is at Dawariyai, often called as Billo-ki-powri point. The flight lasts for 7-15 minutes and is a super-exciting experience.
Skiing- Snow covered mountains make great skiing destination. Experience is thrilling.
Places to Visit In and Around Patnitop-
Snow covered slopes in winters are enticing and the landscape is awe-inspiring and tranquilizing at the same time. It is one of the preferred honeymoon-destinations. The fresh water springs here, are an awesome view and a must-watch.
Shivalik ranges are also visible from here. While at Sanasar, do not miss the experiences at Shank Pal temple, Tandem Paragliding Joyrides, Rock climbing, Trekking trails, Surni Kund and Shanta Gala.
Patnitop is like a sky touching experience. Higher and higher you go! In the close proximity of the daunting magnanimous Himalayas, awe, thrill and adventure and romance fills the air. Patnitop is a must-have experience.
How to reach Patnitop
Air – The nearest airport is Jammu(108 kM) and it is well connected with Patnitop.
Train – The nearest railway stations are Udhampur (47 km), Jammu (100 km) and Katra (81 km). Jammu is most connected one with other major cities.
Road – Patnitop can be reached by road from Jammu(100 Km), Katra (81 Km), Delhi (700 Km). Visitors can find many buses and taxies from Jammu, Katra and Udhampur.
Accommodation at Patnitop
There are hundreds of hotels both budget and luxury class for all kinds of visitors. There are both Government and corporate guest houses available as well. Visitors can enjoy snowfall and mountain’s view from any part of city. Food is very affordable for all kinds of visitors.