Patnitop Near Jammu

Jammu is a land of beautiful and enticing tourist’s spots. Its immense beauty will hypnotise the visitors in the captivating beauty of Mother Nature. One of such enthralling tourist spots is the Patnitop or Patni Top which is located in the Udhampur district of Jammu and is situated on a hill top and is strategically placed on National Highway 1A 112 km from Jammu on the stretch of the route from Udhampur to Srinagar. Nature has proudly placed it on a flat terrain in the Shivalik belt of the Himalayas, at an altitude of 2,024 m (6,640 ft). The river Chenab flows in close propinquity to this location.

History of Patnitop near Jammu

Patnitop near Jammu

The name Patnitop was arrived at by mere con-incidence. It was originally named as "Patan Da Talab" whose translated meaning is "Pond of the Princess". In erstwhile era, a pond existed in the meadows and a known princess often used to bathe there.

Some remains of the pond still exists near the local youth hostel. It is believed that the christening happened during the British rule as there might have been a case of mispronunciation while the revenue records were updated by the British. Thus, over the years the name has transformed from "Patan Da Talab" to Patnitop.


Activities at Patnitop near Jammu

The beautiful location of Patnitop is charismatic enough to be a picnic spot. It is also enveloped in an aura of tranquillity which provides breathtaking views and walkways filled with solace.

This place also provides a thrilling experience of paragliding. The paragliding joyrides are accomplished at Dawariyai, which is at a distance of 2 kms, on the Patnitop-Sanasar road. The details of paragliding could be found on the Patnitop Development Authority (PDA) barrier.The takeoff point, which is, Dawariyai, is also christened as the Billoo Di Powri point. The steepness of the slope has been mitigated by some 400 plus steps, which have been carved out along the rock face.A tourist will always be guided by a pilot while undertaking paragliding.

Patnitop near Jammu

Surroundings of Patnitop near Jammu

The place of Patnitop is enveloped with beautiful woods of the forest of Cedar and Deodhar. The lake of Sansar which is 20 kms away from Patnitop also provides the adventure and thrill of paragliding, trekking, rock climbing, and abseiling along with beautiful scenic views. This beautiful hilly resort has two towns which are located very close to it.

There are also many hotels in the area of Patnitop, which provide a great stay along with superb amenities and facilities along with great culinary delights.

Natural calamities like snowfall and avalanche in the winter at Patnitop hinder the National Highway 1A a few times every winter and causes long queues of vehicles - sometimes for days together at a stretch. There is a construction happening of India's longest road tunnel. It is 9.2 kms long and named Chenani-Nashri Tunnel or Patnitop Tunnel. This tunnel is constructed from Chenani town south of Patnitop to Nashri village north of Patnitop. The main aim of this tunnel is the reduction of the distance from Jammu to Srinagar and to nullify the effect of the traffic jams on NH-1A that is a frequent sight due to snowfall and avalanche in the winter at Patnitop.

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