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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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.