The Himalayan high.
Patnitop is one among the enthralling hill stations known for its picturesque surroundings in the Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir. It is situated on the National Highway 1A on the way from Udhampur to Srinagar, at a distance of 112 km from Jammu.
Patnitop is blessed with the scenic splendour of the misty mountain peaks, the dense woods, the snow belts, the rolling meadows, the meandering Chenab River that flows close to its proximity and dazzling locales.
The best way to know Patnitop is by walking on its quiet roads amidst the alpine atmosphere. One can enjoy oneself in the warm glow of the bonfires during nights and feel the cool weather amidst the scented mountain breeze!
Patnitop provides captivating views of the nearby areas. It is situated on a flat top in the Shivalik Himalayan belt. Patnitop originated from the distortion of the original name Patna Da Talab which generally means Pond of the Princess.
Its inhabitants – their culture and traditions – are a beautiful element in this wonderfully scenic and untouched mountain area.
The first place that captured our attention was Sanasar, a spot near Patnitop at an altitude of 2,050 m. In Jammu province, there are two villages, Sana and Sar, and the name of Sanasar is derived by combining their names. It is a cup-shaped meadow surrounded by gigantic conifers and a place for a quiet holiday. It provides a splendid view of the lower Shivalik range. The best time to visit this locale is between May and June and during the months of September and October. While visiting Sanasar one should especially not miss wilderness adventure camps, Shank Pal temple, tandem paragliding, joyrides, rock climbing, trekking trails and the kund.
Here at Patnitop, the nature walks lead to pockets where time stands still and calm prevails. One can encounter breathtaking landscapes and indulge in scenic purity through nature trails of misty mountains and deep ravines.
Madhatop is a radiant valley of Jammu. Located at an elevation of 2,024 m, Madhatop is easily accessible
BESIDES THIS, NATHATOP ALSO OFFERS A WIDE AND SPECTACULAR VIEW OF SNOW- COVERED HILLS. KNOWN FOR ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES, IT PLAYS HOST TO PARAGLIDING. FLYING FROM NATHATOP IS AN EXPERIENCE OFTEN DESCRIBED AS A WALK THROUGH THE SKIES AND CLOUDS.
by road and is a five km trek from Patnitop. It is a great getaway for trekkers, honeymooners and winter sport aficionados.
Besides this, Nathatop also offers a wide and spectacular view of snowcovered hills. Known for adventure activities, it plays host to paragliding. Flying from Nathatop is an experience often described as a walk through the skies and clouds.
Amidst the dense forests, the Kud Park enchants the visitors with its mystic feel. One can encounter different varieties of flowers in profusion here. Especially during the spring season, flowers sprout everywhere in rainbow colours and branches of trees stoop with ripened fruits.
Patnitop can be visited any time throughout the year. Summer is beautiful with enchanting views, while the winter months are marked by a number of skiing courses and setups . Providing the most gentle and modest slopes, Patnitop tends to be an ideal destination for skiing for people with no prior experience.
Billoo ki Powri, a staircase of 270 steps, is also famous here. It is chiselled out of the mountain and falls in the town of Dawariyan.
The Naag temple, constructed 600 years back, is the most popular here. During the Naag Panchmi festival, it sees hundreds of devotees who throng this temple to pay respects to the snake king, cobra.
Besides this, the Sudh Mahadev temple built 80 years ago, is also renowned. It is made on the spot where a Shiva devotee was accidentally killed by his trishul, while he was trying to protect his consort, Parvati.
The two festivals celebrated here with great enthusiasm are Naag Panchmi and Lohri.
Lohri in Patnitop is popularly known as Makar Sankranti. This festival symbolises joy, happiness and delight. The remarkable feature is that young boys of the town visit elders and then move around in the town in colourful sequence and symbolise the Chhajja dance. Patnitop is also famous for its Kashmiri handicrafts and the pashmina shawl.