Being born and raised in Jammu, J&K, India, I never really thought that Patnitop could ever be one of the best vacay destinations for me. For those of you who have no idea of what I am talking about, Patnitop is one of the hill stations in Jammu & Kashmir, India. It’s been a picnic spot for me and my family since I was a kid. In summers when the temperature used to shoot up as high as 48 degree Celsius, we used to go there and spend our weekends there. At that point, the temperature used to be moderate, so it wouldn’t be too cold, neither would it be too hot. It was a big Yaayyy situation for us. So, I never had visited this place during winters.
This time around, when my husband visited India, we had to travel to Jammu to attend a family wedding ceremony and since all of us were together, we decided to go to Patnitop post the wedding. Since summers had not started yet, my google data said that we could expect some snow. WOW!! My excitement knew no bounds. Why? Because I had never in my life experienced snowfall. Of course, I had been to places which were covered in snow but experiencing snowfall and living the moment was something which I was craving for always. The best part was the fact that we were together after a pretty long time. That made it special. As I am writing down this blog, all the memories flash back to my memory and I start missing him even more. How difficult it is, god! Long distance! Oh, okay, sorry, back on track! So, we took a cab from Jammu to Patnitop and it was supposed to be a 4 hours’ road trip.
We started in the afternoon, right after having our lunch, meandering through the majestic landscapes, all clad in white snow and those pine forests which took me back to my childhood memories. The temperature started dropping down as we started reaching higher altitudes. We passed through the famous Kud Sweet Market which is on the way to Patnitop. Oh boy, how I love those sweets and the AamPapads, we got a lot of these from Kud and resumed our journey to be able to reach Patnitop in the next one hour.
We reached there at around 7 in the evening. The weather was freakily cold and it started drizzling too. We checked in to our resort and it was A-Mazing! The traditional Kehwa tea was our welcome tea and it added to the nice warm ambience in the room. All of us were too tired to go to the restaurant for dinner so we ordered some really nice soup followed by a North India cuisine. Not to forget, the food was delicious.
We headed for Nathatop the next morning, it’s around 8kms from the city center at an altitude of around 2711m. On the way to Nathatop, the view was breathtaking, all covered with snow. We managed to reach the peak where we had planned to do skiing. There are so many shops which provide rental clothes and shoes, however we had carried our own stuff which made it cost-effective for us since these shops are extremely over-rated. Do not forget to stop by the road side maggi stalls on the way, it’s a wonderful experience to have maggi while sitting on snow. The best part of this trip was the unpredictable snowfall which was the icing on the cake. And as soon as it started snowing, I started jumping like a kid. It was unbelievable for me.
So, we came back after visiting the Naag Mandir which is a Hindu religious place, followed by a little trek on our way back. We had a wonderful time together. We returned to our resort by 4 in the evening and spent the rest of the evening staying in our comfortable blankets and enjoying the movies.