Sightseeing Of Patnitop
This state is known for its many picturesque locations and landmarks, and travelling to Jammu and Kashmir. Patnitop is located in the Lower Himalayan Range close to the Pir Panjal range, 47 km from Udhampur and 112 km from Jammu.This famous hill resort is perched on a beautiful plateau, at an altitude of 2024 m across which the Jammu-Srinagar Highway passes. The towns of Kud and Batote are nearby. Kud is a very small town where sweet shops make fresh Patissa (a sweet). It may be bought hot and melts in one’s mouth. Batote is known as a place for quality rajma or the kidney bean.
This is the position where it is considered that Devi Parvati, the goddess, comes and bathes every day before her wishes. This is a recognized position. Taking a dip in the sacred water of this holy Gaurikund is expected to keep away all the bad fortune. From the area of Gaurikund, visitors can see the top of holy Kailash Parvat (peak).
Sudh Mahadev Mandir
Believed to be 2800 years old, the temple of Sudh Mahadev houses a natural black marble Lingam, the Trident (Trishul) of Lord Shiva and mace believed to be that of Bheema, one of the five legendary Pandava brothers. This holy temple near Patnitop is situated at an altitude of 1225 m and is about 120 kms from Jammu.
Sudhmahadev has a spring by the name Pap Nashni Bowli. It is believed that taking bath in it relieves a devotee of all sins. After bath one proceeds towards the holy temple of Lord Shiva.
Pilgrims visit the shrine on Historic Sudhmahadev 3 day Festival (Mela) on the full moon night of ‘Sawan’ (June -July) to worship the Trident (Trishul) and a mace.
During this 3 day festival, arrangements are made by the state government administration to provide facilities to the visitors. Adequate transport is also provided by the government agencies from various destinations. The government also ensures security arrangements. Good health facilities are also made available. Cultural programs are organized during the 3 day festival; in which the local performers entertain the visitors by showcasing various local dances and singing folk songs.
One can have stay in the temporary tented accommodations provided by J&K Tourism Development Department or even a Sarai maintained by the Dharamarth Trust, beside a few guest houses are also there.
Sudh Mahadev Temple
The temporary shops are also established by the people to provide various things and eatables to the visitors. Langars are also arranged by some devotees to provide free food to the visitors.
Some of the famous food items to eat during the festival are Rajmash Chawal with Desi Ghee, Chatni of Pudina and Anardana. Local food specialties include Klari (a milk preparation like paneer) or Klari kulcha and are very tasty and one must eat there. Those who love sweets have Jlabis and pure Khoya to eat. It is a great fair which provides lot of entertainment, natural scenery, joy and spiritual experience.
Another 8 kms from Sudhmahadev is an enchanting hill resort of Mantalai. Located at the top of a hill and surrounded by tall Deodar trees giving fresh and cool air. It is believed that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married there. There is a Shiva temple with a pond by its side.
The Lush Wooded Pine Forest In Patnitop Offers Ample Opportunity For Trekking. This Place Acts As A Good Starting Point For Short And Long Treks To The Nearby Mountains. The One-day Walk To Shiva-Garh At An Altitude Of 3,500 M, Which Is About 11 Km Away From Patnitop, Is Quite Exhilarating. Also There Is A Rich Selection Of Peaceful And Scenic Spots For Picnic Lovers. The Only Sound One Hears Is The Tinkling Of Bells Around The Neck Of Goats And Cows And The Rustling Of Fiber And Twigs As One Walks In The Lush Meadow In A Dream World Of Ones Own.
The Walk In The Unpaved Path (named Kutcha) Between The Rows And Rows Of Tall Trees Leads To Quiet Retreats And Excellent Views Of Pine-covered Forest. The Beautiful Paths Passing Through Wooded Lanes And Fascinating Scenery Links Patnitop To Kud And Batote. Travelers Can Also Visit Three Springs, Gushing With Ice-cold Freshwater, In This Hill Station. They Are Said To Have Medicinal Qualities. The Complete Tourist Circuit Comprises Jammu-Katra Vaishnodevi Temple, Kud-Sanasar, Patnitop-Gourikund, And Sudmahadev, Mantali, Extending Upto Latti-Dhuna. Sanasar, Situated At 19 Km Away From Patnitop Was Chosen By Jammu And Kashmir Tourism Board For Major Development. The 6-hole Golf Course Is Being Expanded To A 9-hole Course. Travelers Who Are Less Adventurous Can Take Up Pony Rides In Little Known Trails. Those Who Are Highly Adventurous Can Indulge In Para-gliding And Basic Skiing.
The Pride Of Patnitop Is Its 600 Years Old Naga Temple. Though Small In Its Size, It Reflects The Faith And Reverence Shared By Millions Of Indians All Over. Patnitop Does Not Offer Opportunities For Shopping. However, A Few Kiosks Are Situated Beside The Meadows For Compulsive Shoppers. Here One Can Buy Kashmir�s Specialties Like Handicrafts, Embroidered Wool Carpets, Embroidered Long Shirts And Woolen Products. The Evenings In This Hill Station Are Quite Cold. The Mountains Are Covered By Fog And Visibility Is Just 10 Feet At The Time. The Peak Season Is In Summer (May To June). If Travelers Want To Have A Peaceful Holiday, Then The Best Time Would Be July End To August, As The Place Is Less Crowded At This Time. If You Are Seeking Snowboard Thrills, Then The Best Time Would Be September To December. The Nearest Airport And Railhead Are In Jammu.
Patnitop Is Well Connected To Jammu, Which Is 112 Km Away, By Road. Taxis Can Be Hired Outside The Airport And Railway Station Of Jammu. This Hill Station Is Well Connected To The Rest Of India Through Jammu And Kashmir. As There Are Very Few Hotels Available In Patnitop It Is Advisable To Stay In Jammu And Visit The Place In The Daytime.
Enveloped by thickly wooded Cedar/Deodhar forests, Patnitop offers beautiful picnic spots, peaceful walks and breathtaking views of the mountainscape of the Chenab basin. In winter, the resort is generally covered with a thick mantle of snow thus providing opportunities for various snow games including skiing. It is the closest winter resort to Jammu and to Udhampur and is second to none in its natural charm, climate, pine forests and lush green cover. J&K Tourism as well as the army have some holiday homes here. One can enjoy the thrill of flying, at Patnitop. The paragliding joyrides rides are conducted at Dawariyai, 2 km landmark, on the Patnitop-Sanasar road. One can ask for paragliding at the Patnitop Development Authority (PDA) barrier The takeoff site is at Dawariyai, on the Patnitop-Sanasar road. The area often called as the Billoo Di Powri point. Approx 400 plus steps have been carved out along the rock face to make the steep slope negotiable. The stairs eventually leading to Dawariyai, the “gateway”. The exact dating of the work is still debatable. Any tourist can experience paragliding accompanied by a pilot. The flight takes off from Patnitop and lands at Kud. The flight lasts for 7 to 15 minutes depending upon the wind conditions. One is retrieved by car to the takeoff area. The organizers also give a good quality video of the memorable flight. Pine Forest Pine forests offers beautiful picnic spots, peaceful walks and breathtaking views of the mountainscape of the Chenab basin. In winter, the resort is generally covered with a thick mantle of snow thus providing opportunities for various snow games including skiing. It is the closest winter resort to Jammu and to Udhampur and is second to none in its natural charm, climate, pine forests and lush green cover. J&K Tourism as well as the army have some holiday homes here. Udhampur Udhampur is a district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Udhampur town is the headquarters of this district.
Vaishno Devi cave near Katra is an important shrine for the Hindus and the most famous tourist attraction of this district. Patnitop and Sudh Mahadev are also tourist places. Major attractions in Udhampur city include Gole Market, Devika Ghats, Jakahni Park, Ramnagar chowk (Pandav mandir nd Kachalu), Salain Talab, and the Main Bazar.
The culture of this area is PAHARI which resembles the culture of other areas of Duggardesh. The other part of the district has Dogra culture. Dogri is the main language spoken by the people of the district. The Dogri spoken here is known for its sweetness in tone. Their main language is DOGRI/PAHARI. The language is the rural and hilly areas has maintained its native purity, accent and sweetness. Gojri is also spoken by the Gujjar Community settled here and there. However, Dogri is main language spoken in the district. The district is culturally an integrated part of Jammu region and all important religious fairs like Lohri, Maha Shivratri, Id-ul-Fitr, Holi, Ramnavmi, Baisakhi, Basantpanchami, Martyr’s day of Guru Arjun Dev, Raksha Bandhan, Janam Ashtami, Mahanavami, Dussehra, Diwali, id-ul-zuha, Guru Ravi Dass’s b’day, Mahatama gandhi’s b’day Guru Govind Singh’s b’day, Chacha Nehru’s birthday. Above all, the Independence Day and Republic Day are celebrated with great enthusiasm. Holy Navratras also provide special occasion for worship and pilgrimage to holy places culminating into small to big fairs.