About three hours drive away from Jammu, Patnitop is a place not heavily discovered by the tourists. Once in Patnitop, just sitting under the sun in the green meadow dotted with tall conifers can be the highlight of one's holiday. The lush wooded forests around offer ample opportunity for trekking and a rich selection of scenic spots for picnics. A walk on the kutcha (unpaved) paths between rows and rows of tall trees leads to quiet retreats and excellent views of the pine-covered mountains. The only sound one hears is the tinkling of bells around the necks of goats and cows and the rustling of leaves and twigs as one walks in a dream world of his own.
Patnitop does not offer opportunities to shop. For really compulsive shoppers, a few kiosks are located beside the meadow selling Kashmiri specialties- handicrafts, namdas (embroidered wool carpets), pherans (embroidered long shirts) and woolens.
How To Reach
BY ROAD - Patnitop is about three hours drive from Jammu, and private taxis with drivers can be hired outside the Jammu airport or the railway station to cover the 112 km distance. The journey can stretch a bit more, depending on the condition of the road. Landslides are common on the mountain road after the rains, and it is quite common to get stuck behind a long line of local trucks and army convoys.