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Place : Udhampur district, Jammu and Kashmir
Altitude : 2,024 metres above sea level
Temperature : Winter - 10oC to 0oC
Summer - 18oC - 40oC
Significance : A popular hill resort of Jammu and Kashmir
Best Season : Throughout the year
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Cool and bracing in the height of summer, Patnitop, is a popular hill resort of Jammu and Kashmir. Counted among the best developed tourist spots in Jammu Kasmir, it is located at a height of 2,024 metres above sea level and about 112 kilometers from Jammu. Also known as Patni Top, it is situated in Udhampur district on the National Highway 1A, on the way from Udhampur to Srinagar.

The original name of the hill station was Patan Da Talab" meaning 'Pond of the Princess' (In olden times a pond existed here and the princess used to bath here) but with the advent of the British, the name was changed to Patnitop. The natural beauty, dense pine forests and flourishing green landscape makes it a popular destination among the students, honeymooners and families visiting the Jammu and Kashmir state. It is said that tourists who visiting this hills station for the first time, are bound to fall in love with the place.

Patnitop Attractions
Among the main attractions of Patnitop are delightful picnic spots, serene walks and magnificent views of the mountains forming the backdrop of the Chenab river. Besides these, Patnitop also boasts of a six-hole golf course and three freshwater springs that are widely believed to have medicinal properties. Usually domestic and foreign tourists are thronging here to celebrate the New Year because, the landscape of Patnitop, covering the vast green colour grasslands in summers, takes totally different attire in winters. During Winter season, Patnitop usually receives a large amount of snowfall that completely covers the lands. This gives a great opportunity for winter sports like skiing.

The Naag Temple
Situated at Krimchi near Mantalai (the place where mythological marriage of the God Shiva and Goddess Parvati held), the Naag temple is one of the most ancient shrine in Patnitop. More than 600 years old, it is situated on the top of a hill. During the Naag Panchami Festival, thousands of devotees visit this temple.
Just outside Patnitop is Shudh Mahadev Ka Pahad which attracts pilgrims at full moon in July - August to the ancient holy trishul (trident) associated with the epic Mahabharata.

During Winter months (January - February), Patnitop attracts lots of tourists because Patnitop offers unique skiing possibilities. In winter months, special skiing classes are usually conducted for beginners. Since the snow covered slopes of Patnitop are not much steep, they turn out to be perfect for beginners. Madhatop, just 5 km away from here on the Sansar Road offers good possibilities for expert skiers as well as beginners. The Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development provides ski instructors for the beginners.

Like Winter sports, Aero sports have become quite prominent in Patnitop. Even though, Parasailing and hot air ballooning are increasingly popular in Patnitop, tourists widely indulge in Para gliding. May, June, September and October are best for paragliding.