Situated at an altitude of 2024 m above sea level, Patnitaop is located 112 km away from Jammu on Jammu-Srinagar highway. The beauty and tranquility of this humble plateau is simply unmatched. There is no place better than Patnitop if you want some time just with yourself, away from the city chaos. The landscape of Patnitop, covering the vast grasslands of shinning green color in summers, takes totally different attire in winters. The town receives a large amount of snowfall that completely covers the lands. This gives a great opportunity for winter sports like skiing.
Patnitop is full of picturesque walks that give great views of the mountains in the Chenab Basin and options for excursions to nearby areas like Sanasar and Sundarani. And with aero sports taking a big leap of development in the town, Patnitop surely has become a heaven for adventure lover. Any time of the year is a good time to visit Patnitop. It all depends on your wishes, whether you like to indulge in aero sports or in winter sports or you just want to get lost in the enchanting silence of the town. Do carry light woolen clothes with you as night get a bit chilly around here.
Attractions - Refreshing Sights
Patnitop as a whole is a replete with splendorous beauty throughout the year during the festive times the devotees throng the Naag Temple one of the most ancient shrine of the region, a grand fair is also organised during the festival. Besides that this sceneric town is a hub of winter sports activities, that beckon tourist from around the world.
The Naag Temple
Situated on top of the hill, the temple is more than 600 years old. The temple witnesses a large number of devotees on all days and on special occasions, the number is mind boggling. The temple is also a good option for excursions.
Patnitop also attracts a lot of tourist because of the skiing possibilities that are present here. In winter months, special skiing classes for beginners has been introduced, specially in January and February. The snow covered slopes of Patnitop are not very steep or bumpy, so they turn out to be perfect for starters. For more experienced legs, there is Madhatop, just 5 km away from here, which is more difficult and challenging.
In recent years, aero sports have become quite prominent in the town. Tourist widely indulge in Parasailing and hot air ballooning, but the most popular is Para gliding. May, June, September and October are the most favorable months for indulging is this activity.
Where To Stay
Patnitop may be small in size but the town is a big hit when it comes to tourist inflow. And to handle the number of tourist in peak season, Patnitop has been well equipped with numerous single huts and tourist bungalows apart from budget hotels. These huts and bungalows are maintained by J&KTDC and have good facilities. Thew other good hotels in the town are Vardaan Resort and Asia - The Oasis Resort.
The nearest civil airport is at Jammu. The distance between Jammu and Patnitop is around 112 km and it takes around 4 hrs to cover the distance by road.
Closest railhead Jammu Tawi is also in Jammu. The distance is 112 km.
Road The town is well connected to all major cities of Jammu and Kashmir by state road transportation. Busses are frequent to Patnitop especially from Jammu.
Buses are the main mode of transport inside the town. Taxis and private coaches are also available for hire.