Travel to Patnitop

Patnitop Tourism

Summer is the best time to visit Patnitop because it is a scenic hill station. During April to June, the climate remains mild and inviting. This time is considered best for families for travel. In fact, this is the best time for trekkers too.

The monsoon season is not too harsh. However, the chances of landslides increase during this point of the year, which may cause your schedule to go haywire. If you prepare your itinerary by keeping this aspect in mind, you will surely enjoy your stay at Patnitop during the monsoon.

Try to avoid winter because the minimum temperature reaches -14°C, which is generally not considered good for family travelers. However, during this part of the year snowfall is a common phenomenon. That's why the adventure lovers and skiing aficionados visit this hill station between November and February. If you are new to skiing, you can join a course conducted here, especially during the months of January and February.

Local Transport

You will find all kinds of vehicles to move in and around the place. However, to enjoy the beauty of the place, most prefer to walk. In some cases of longer distances, many people hire taxis or even ponies. When it comes to moving in the town, buses are the main local transports.


You will find all kinds of accommodation in Patnitop. Staying there can cost you anything from Rs. 500 to Rs. 2,000. One of the best places to stay here is the Government Dak Bungalows or even Deluxe Huts. Dak Bungalows will cost you Rs. 800 and the Deluxe Huts will be anything between Rs. 1800 and Rs. 3,000. If you are looking for affordable options of accommodation, you can try the Government Youth Hostel, maintained by Jammu & Kashmir Tourism. This is generally considered as trekkers' paradise. Rent of family rooms or beds at a dormitory are quite affordable.

Luxurious hotels are also available. Some of the renowned hotels are Hotel New Broadway, Hotel Patnitop Heights, Hotel Greentop, Maharaja Resort, Forest View Resort, Asia the Oasis Resort, Hotel Dogra Residency, and many more.


Visiting Patnitop will be incomplete if you don't savor the local delicacies. Some of the dishes that you can't afford to miss are Rogan Josh, Wazwan, and Kashmiri Pulao. You will simply love to have Patissa, traditional sweet of Kud, located near Patnitop. Other than local food, you can find all kinds of cuisines in Patnitop such as South Indian, North Indian, Non-Vegetarian, Chinese, and Vegetarian dishes.

Shopping in Patnitop

The first thing you should shop for are dry fruits. These products are of high quality. If you want to have something for to wear or take as souvenir, designer accessories are the things for you. You can also buy Dogra jewellery (traditional wear) and Kashmiri handicrafts. Wool and silk hand-knotted carpets , are highly popular among the travellers. You can also purchase Pashmina shawls from the renowned shops of Patnitop.

Popular Things

  • There are certain places that have become very popular among the tourists in Patnitop. Some of these places are Sudh Mahadevi temple, Sanasar, Madhatop, and Nag Temple. You can't afford to miss these places.
  • Skiing is a major thing here in Patnitop, popular with the adventurists. During winter, ski lovers flock this place. Those people who have no experience with skiing can also visit to train themselves. You can join a skiing course here, when they are conducted during the months of January and February.
  • Trekking through the picturesque beauty of Patnitop is simply amazing. That's why more and more people are joining trekking expeditions to have a look and feel of nature more closely.
  • There is a place called Sanasar, only 19 kms away from Patnitop. There you will find a cup shaped meadow, which is perfect for golfing. In fact, a training course on golf is also conducted here. You can try out this game at this beautiful place, located near Patnitop.
Patnitop Travel Tips

  1. When you visit Patnitop, you should try to enjoy three aspects of adventure here: Aero Sports, Trekking, and Skiing.
  2. If you have problem with heights, don't visit this place. It is situated at an altitude of 2,024 m above sea level.
  3. The STD code of this place is 0191. Please ask your friends and relatives to dial the correct STD code to call a particular phone number (say, phone number of a hotel or else) of the place.
  4. Rainfall here is quite heavy. In this district, the average rainfall hovers around 1,246 mm.
  5. If you want to reach Patnitop from Jammu, it will take you around 5 hours by bus and 3 ½ hours by taxi.
Cost to Travel

If you hire a car to reach Patnitop from Jammu, it will cost your around Rs. 1,200. If you hire a cab for travelling both ways, it will cost you around Rs. 4,000. Approximate per kilometer fare of hired cars vary from Rs. 9 to Rs. 15, depending upon the car you are selecting. Buses are also available and they are more affordable too. On a Deluxe Bus, a one way ride will cost you 1,000 INR.

How many days are enough to Travel?

To have a leisurely view of all the places in and around Patnitop, it will take you around 2 days. If you are on a skiing or trekking program, it will depend on the specific program itself.

Tourism Department Contacts

[email protected]
Emergency Contact Numbers
Air Ambulance: +91 (0) 9645744117, +91 9845446634, +91 (0)9540161344.

Places to See in Patnitop
  • Kud
  • Nag Temple
  • Madhatop
  • Sanasar
  • Sudh Mahadev Temple

Last Updated on : 17/10/2013