Patnitop was an awesome experience for the three of us and so shall be for all of you too....
After a day in Katra we went to Patnitop....
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There are lot of options for accommodations at Patnitop to fit into different budget ranges, but one should ensure, if going in winters, availability of room heaters. They will be life savers ! We spent our first night in the hotel, warming up ourselves, our each piece of garment, shoes, shocks etc etc, and cuddling ourselves against the room heater. It was so cold, that we each had to take two bowls of hot & sour soup in that night & being teetotallers, we had to satisfy our selves with hot chocolate shakes, and coffee only. We would have consumed a total of 5 to 6 bowls of hot & sour soup during our two night stay in Patnitop, to keep our heart beating their.
On 25th Jan morning, we left for the Naag Temple, a local temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. While climbing up the steps of the temple itself, one can see them covered with snow and some starting to melt. One should be careful walking on the melting snow, as there is every chance of slipping on them. Here too, undoubtedly, the landscape was beautiful and beyond words to describe. Then shopping time unleashed ! We each spent around Rs. 17,000/- buying local handmade blankets, carpets, the Pashmina shawls, scarfs etc, but each of them was too beautiful and worth every rupee ! Finally we moved around enjoying random sceneries and the apple garden (with no apple at our time of visit !) Finally, all good things have to end (that too end quickly !!) The next day, we headed back to Jammu Railway Station via Kud Sweet Market, to board train to Delhi and from there, back to day to day life.
Known for its picturesque surroundings, the enchanting valley of Patnitop is a frequent leisure stop for travellers heading towards Kashmir. Situated in the middle of Udhampur and Srinagar, Patnitop offers you a glimpse of the striking beauty of Kashmir. This breathtaking hill station is situated on a plateau in the Shivalik belt of the Himalayan ranges. Originally, Patnitop was known as Patan Da Talab meaning 'The Pond of Princess'. Chenab flows at a close proximity to the city, and sturdy Deodar and pine trees envelope the entire region. Most long and short treks begin here and if you are an enthusiastic trekker, do ask the locals about the various options. Though an unexplored hill station till a few years ago, Patnitop has now become a favourite with travellers. Spring is a riot of colours here while winter offers opportunities for skiing and sledging. Batote, a small hill station 13 km downhill to Patnitop, is very well known for its apple orchards.
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