Patnitop is a small but very famous beautiful hill station of Jammu & Kashmir. Patnitop is a distortion of the name of “Patan Da Talab” meaning pond of princess. In olden time there was a pond, and the kings princess often used to have bath there. The Britishers probably couldn’t call the name correctly. And over time it changed from Patan Da Talab to Patnitop. Its nearest railway station is Udhampur at a distance of 47 km. The nearest airport is Srinagar at a distance of 119 km. Its nearest big city is Jammu with a distance of 112 km.
PLACE TO VISIT IN PATNITOP The Naag (cobra) temple : The pride of Patnitop is its 600-year-old Naag (cobra) temple. Though small in size, it reflects the faith and reverence shared by millions of Indians all over. The evenings in Patnitop are quite cold. The mountains are covered by fog and visibility can drop to a mere 10 feet. The peak season is during the summer, though end July to August is beautiful and not crowded. Sudh Mahadev : Sudh Mahadev is an important pilgrimage in the area. Sudh Mahadev is well known for its archaeological importance as a charming natural site. It stands on the banks of the holy Dewak River, held by some to be as sacred as the Ganges. Other temples in the city include the Gauri Kund temple, Shiva temple, Peer Khoh Cave temple, Ranbireshwar temple and the Parmandal temple complex. Vaishno Devi : It is located 61 km north of Jammu at a height of 5,200 feet above the sea level in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. In the cave there are images of three deities viz. the Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati. Bahu Fort Temple : Situated on a rock face on the left bank of the river Tawi,this is perhaps the oldest fort and edifice in the city of Jammu. Buddha Amarnath Temple : This is a unique Shiva Temple which is located on the foothill and not on the hilltop and secondly the Shivlinga of white stone is not self-made.
Kishtwar : Kishtwar is sited on a plateau above the Chenab River and below the Nagin Sheer glacier. It is popular for the fine saffron grown in the area and for the many waterfalls close by. Mubarak Mandi Palace : The architecture of this palace is blend of Rajasthani,Mughal and even Baroque European influences. The most stunning segment is the Sheesh Mahal.
Mubarak Mandi Palace : The architecture of this palace is blend of Rajasthani,Mughal and even Baroque European influences. The most stunning segment is the Sheesh Mahal.
Raghunath Temple : Situated in the heart of the city and surrounded by a group of other temples, this temple, dedicated to Lord Rama is outstanding and unique in Northern India
Sanasar : Sanasar lake is 20 km by road from Patnitop,offeres paragliding, camping, trekking, rock climbing beautiful nature walks. Dawariyai : The paragliding joyrides are conducted at Dawariyai a 2 km point on the road of Patnitop-Sanasar . The are often called as the Billoo the pauri. Approx 400 have been carved out the rock face to make the steep slope negotiable.