Set amidst the dense forest cover and misty clouds at a mind-boggling altitude of 6,640 feet, this hill station is perhaps one of the best in Jammu & Kashmir. The Chenab river languidly flows very close to the location, making the whole frame look gorgeous as part of the Shiwalik belt of the Himalayas.
A trip to Patnitop is highly recommended in winters; it is blanketed with heavy snow especially in those months. Apart from the scenic beauty, there’s much else to do as well on this hill top in the Udhampur district. Since it’s 110 kilometres from Jammu, it is untouched by commercialisation making it an ideal destination to explore without compromising on peace and calm.
Nathatop is quite an attraction to explore, situated on the Patnitop – Sanasar Road at an altitude of 7000 feet. You can get the most breath-taking sweeping view of the snow covered mountain ranges on all sides; from the lower Shivalk range to Brammah Massif of the majestic Kishtwar ranges that features a number of peaks. For a rush of adrenaline you could try adventure activities like paragliding, skiing and trekking.
Located 20 kilometres from Patnitop, Sanasar lake derives its name from the two villages of Sana and Sar. It looks straight out of a picture book with the enchanting views of the mountains, the dense vegetation cover, sparkling lake water and grazing horses. No wonder it is also lovingly called an adventurer’s paradise; with the kind of aero-adventures they offer here. There’s rock-climbing, paragliding, parasailing and hot-air ballooning to choose from.
If you want some extra adventure to spice things up, a 5km trek from Patnitop to Madhatop is what you shouldn’t miss. You will not only get your dose of thrilling activity but also get an unparalleled view of the dazzling Himalayas and pristine valleys from here.
Patnitop can be coupled with places like Katra, Dalhousie, Dharamsala, Palampur and Amritsar to make a complete package of places that can be explored in one go.