112 kms from Jammu, this famous hill resort is
perched on a beautiful plateau, at an altitude of 2024 metres across
which the Jammu-Srinagar Highway passes. Enveloped by thickly wooded
forests, Patnitop offers beautiful picnic spots, peaceful walks and
breathtaking views of the of the Chenab basin. In winter, the resort
is generally covered with a thick mantle of snow thus providing
opportunities for various snow games including skiing. It is the
best-developed tourist spot of Jammu and is second to none in its
natural charm, climate, pine forests and lush green cover. The
occupancy of the huts and Dak Bungalow is full in summer months. There
is an ambitious plan of Patnitop Development Authority to develop
Patnitop, Kud, Sud-Mahadev, Mantalai circuit. The construction
work of Mall Road at Kud is to be taken up in the near future.
Trekking route from Kud to Patnitop-Sanasar has already been
completed. The complete tourist circuit covers Jammu-Katra-VaishnoDeviji,
Kud-Sanasar, Patnitop-Gourikund, Sudmahadev, Mantali, extending
What to Do
Trekking - A range of trekking options is available here.
Summer is the season when all trekking routes are open while some are
open in winter too. There are excellent camping sites also enroute.
The Sundarani- Jungal Gali-Jasarkote-Sanasar route in
Jangal Gali area lets you choose any of three exciting treks.
There are Trekking equipment hire shops of tourism Department at Jammu
and Kud. They stock imported and local gear. These are available for
i) 4 man tent
ii) 2 man tent
2. Carry mat
3. Sleeping bags
6. Rucksacks, Boots
The equipment is issued against cash receipt or on Guarantee letter
from Dy.Dir Tourism/Dy.Secy of State or central govt. For a foreign
tourist Passport is held as security deposit. Some travel agencies in
Jammu city also organize Trekking in the area.
Amateur skiing at Patnitop
Skiing - Skiing courses are
conducted at Patnitop in the months of January and Feburary. During
winter mionths there are introductory courses for tourists/beginners
at gentle gradient slopes of Patnitop. At Madhatop (5/6 Kms from Patni
top on Sanasar Road) excellent possibilities for all kind of skiing
exist. A ski-lift in the area is also proposed.
As for facilities 40 sets of equipment is available at Patnitop and
Sanasar. Also available are wooden sledges locally. For beginners
Instructors are also available.
Aero sports - Paragliding
has been introduced at Sanasar and Jammu. Equipment is available on
Hire from tourist office in Jammu city. May-June and Septemer October
are best suited for paragliding. Other aero sports like Parasailing
and Hotair ballooning are also becoming operational shortly.
About 112 kms from Jammu, the famous hill resort of
Patnitop is perched on a beautiful plateau, at an
altitude of 2024 m, across which the Jammu-Srinagar highway passes.
Enveloped by thickly wooded forests, Patnitop offers beautiful picnic
spots, peaceful walks and breathtaking views of the valley of the
Chenab basin and the Pir Panjal range beyond. In winter (mid Dec. to
mid Feb.), the resort is generally covered with snow, thus providing
opportunities for arious winter sports including amateur skiing.
Further ahead, at a distance of about 19 Kms from Patnitop, is
Sanasar (2079 m), a satellite resort of Patnitop,
with a cup-shaped meadow surrounded by gigantic conifers. A place for
a quiet holiday, the meadow has now been developed as a golf course.