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Honeymoon in Patnitop(J&K)

Destination


If you want to experience eureka moment every now and then during your honeymoon then you should be scheduling a tour to the snow resort of Patnitop perched on a lofty and isolated plateau. The sylvan setting interspersed with densely wooded forests and hemmed in by snow-capped mountains will surely appeal to the roving spirit in you.

Patnitop is a pretty hill-station that offers an array of exciting and adventurous activities for honeymooners like skiing, rock climbing, trekking, nature walks and camping and much more. The place gets its name from a mythological pond (Patan da Talab) that was once situated on the verdant slopes of Patnitop and used to be the favourite bathing spot of a princess.

Patnitop has an alpine forest cover abounding with cedar, birch, pine and coniferous trees. The entire area gets enveloped in a thick sheet of snow during the winter season lending the place an otherworldly touch. The quaintness of Patnitop will make your post-wedding trip worth reminiscing for a long time to come.

Location


The exotic hill-station of Patnitop is situated in the Udhampur district of Jammu & Kashmir. To be more specific, Patnitop lies on the national highway 1A between Srinagar and Udhampur. Patnitop is safely cosseted in the lower Pir Panjal mountain chain. The Chenab River flows languorously below the mountain range.

Getting There


Jammu Tawi the railway station of Jammu town is the closest railhead which is well connected to the four main metros of Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. One can also get to Jammu from Trivandrum which is the southernmost railhead. The nearest airport is in Srinagar, the capital of J&K. One can fly in to Srinagar from any major airport in the country. From Jammu you can get to Patnitop by private transport. Buses also routinely ply from Jammu, Pathankot and Srinagar.

Ideal Time to Visit


Patnitop primarily has a temperate type of climate. Summer temperatures range from 8 degrees centigrade to 20 degrees centigrade although it gets exceedingly cold during the winters. However, if you want to enjoy skiing in the steep slopes then you should be visiting the spot during the winter season that lasts from November till February. On the whole, Patnitop is ideal for visiting at any time of the year.

Where to Stay


Patnitop being a sought tourist destination has accommodation alternatives to suit all budgets. However, as a honeymooner you’d want to put in a hotel that offers privacy and seclusion. You can make reservations to stay in ‘Asia-The Oasis Resort’, ‘Hotel Patnitop Heights’, ‘Vardaan Resort’ or the ‘Greentop Hotel’. Make reservations well in advance if you’re planning a winter sojourn.

Things to Do


Located at a very high elevation, Patnitop offers some adventurous treks both short and long. Walking through any of the paths will take you to the surrounding mountains. One of the popular trails is the 11 km trek to Shiva Garh. If you can bear the cold, you should surely soak yourself in any of the three freshwater springs in the region. The gushing ice-cold water is believed to have curative properties. Other popular activities for honeymooning couples are paragliding, skiing, and golfing.

Sightseeing Attraction for Honeymooners



Shopping


You can shop for Kashmiri handcrafted specialities like embroidered woollen rugs and carpets and pherans.

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Last updated : January 23, 2016