Wondering which mountain station to take next? Discover Patnitop in JK – ThePrint
Udhampur (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]May 5 (ANI): As summer continues to scorch the country’s plains, tourists are opting to head to hill stations to beat the heat. The scenic hill station of Patnitop located in the Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir offers a refreshing getaway.
Located 70 miles from Jammu, Patnitop is perched 2024 meters above sea level on a magnificent plateau crossed by the Jammu-Srinagar highway. Enveloped in densely forested forests, Patnitop offers beautiful picnic areas, peaceful walks and stunning views of the mountainous landscape of the Chenab Basin.
Skyview Patnitop: It is the highest cable car in India and the largest Indo-French collaboration in the development of mountain infrastructure which was built in a record time of 2.4 years under the partnership model public-private (PPP). The cable car which started commercial operations on July 20, 2020, reduces the travel time between Sanget region and Patnitop to 15 minutes compared to the first hour and a half.
Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Tunnel: Winter snowfalls and avalanches in Patnitop clogged the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway several times a winter, resulting in long lines of vehicles, sometimes lasting for days. These problems were alleviated by the opening of the Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee tunnel. This 9 kilometer long tunnel is the longest state-of-the-art tunnel in the country, connecting Udhampur to Ramban in Jammu. Built at a cost of Rs 2,500 crore, it cuts the distance traveled by 31 kilometers and cuts the travel time between the two points by around two hours, in addition to a substantial saving in fuel cost.
Lake Sanasar: Named after small local lakes, Sana and Sar are located 20 kilometers west of Patnitop, Ramban District, on National Highway 1A. The area is notable for its panoramic views of the mountain range.
Natatop: Nathatop is a famous paragliding spot in Patnitop. People from different parts of the country travel here to experience the beauty of nature.
Nag Mandir: The 600-year-old Naag Mandir sits atop a hill in Mantalai and is believed to be where Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati. A temple on the knees of the famous hill station of Patnitop.
Sudh Mahadev Temple and Mantalai Temple: Sudh Mahadev temple is a highly revered Shiva temple located at a distance of 42 kilometers from Patnitop and 112 kilometers from Jammu. The temple also houses a black marble statue of local Shiva and Parvati. A trishul of Lord Shiva is also kept here. A few kilometers further ahead of Sudh Mahadev is Mantalai (1450 meters) surrounded by lush deodar forests. It is believed that at this place Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati.
In a major boost for the economy of the union territory, the government of Jammu and Kashmir has stepped up its efforts to promote tourism in UT. (ANI)
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