Honeymoon in Patnitop(J&K)
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.
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.
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
- Madha Top-Madha Top is ideal for skiing till the month of March. You can ski till mid-April in Natha Top situated further down the road. Three freshwater springs are located in Madha Top where you can take a dip.
- Jammu-Jammu is the winter capital of J&K and situated in the Himalayan foothills. You’ll be simply awestruck by the awesome natural beauty of Jammu. The picturesque environs replete with undulating valleys, thick forest cover, rushing rivulets and meandering rivers make for a mystical backdrop. The numerous temples and shrines in the region dedicated to Lord Shiva add to the mysticism and blissfulness of Jammu.
- Sanasar-If you want to spend some quality time amidst serene surroundings, then you should head to Sanasar.
- The Cobra (Naag) Temple-The Cobra Temple located in Krimchi in close proximity to Mantalai is believed to be nearly 600 years old. The holy wedlock between Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva was said to have taken place in this temple.
You can shop for Kashmiri handcrafted specialities like embroidered woollen rugs and carpets and pherans.