Patnitop

Well connected by national highways to Jammu and Srinagar, Patnitop is a hill station in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir. It is situated on a plateau in the Shiwalik belt of the Himalayas and the River Chenab flows close-by.
Originally known as Patan Da Talab, meaning Pond of the Princess, during British rule, the name of this hill station gradually distorted to become Patnitop. A small part of the original pond too exists in the meadow near the youth hostel.
The whole state of Jammu and Kashmir is blessed with natural beauty and Patnitop is no exception. The beautiful meadows and breathtaking view of the mountains enchant all who visit here. The joy of Paragliding and High flying can be experienced from the take off points at Dwariyai and Natha Top till Kud (landing area). Twenty kilometres from Patnitop is Sanasar, its name synonymous with adventure tourism. Sanasar offers a range of activities like Paragliding, Camping, Trekking, Abseiling, Rock Climbing and scenic nature walks.
Reachable by road from Srinagar, Patnitop welcomes all those who wish to indulge in Skiing, during the winter months from November to February.
Best time to visit: All the year round. November to February is best for Skiing and rest of the year for scenic beauty.
Languages spoken: Dogri
Climate: Temperate climate with pleasant summers and very cold winters with snowfall
Adventure Tourism: Paragliding, Skiing, Camping, Trekking, Abseiling, Rock Climbing and scenic nature walks

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