Adventure is what unites those seeking thrill and mountains. The might of Himalayas attracts adventure junkies from all over the world. Adventure is something that keeps you going.
There are several places that cater to thrill seekers in India. Each of it has to offer a great experience for all the daring souls. But, there’s one drawback and that is there are far too many ‘daring souls’, that make these destinations heavily crowded. And sometimes, in the interest of accommodating the crowds, safety is compromised. But there’s one place that is a one-stop destination for almost all kinds of travellers. Say ‘Namaskar Mahrah’ to Skyview Patnitop (www.skyviewpatnitop.com)!
A hospitality venture by Empyrean Skyview Projects Private Limited (ESPPL), Skyview is an adventure travel destination at Patnitop, in the Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir. It is located in the lower Himalayan Range close to the Pir Panjal range. Skyview Patnitop, perched right atop a hill, promises to change the face of tourism in the region. It is hardly 112 kms from Jammu. And also in close proximity to the towns of Kud and Batote with their own uniqueness and crowd pulling qualities. The small town Kud is known for its Pattissa (A sweet), while Batote is known for its Rajma or the kidney bean.
A major reasons why people would want to visit this place again and again is the range of adventure activities it offers. All at one place!
Gondola Ride: Though Gulmarg is the first place that comes to your mind when it is about a Gandola rides in the mountains. But the overly crowded destination could be a dampener for many. With a world-class rope-way in Patnitop coming into the picture, a perfect alternative is amazing! The rope-way in Patnitop is one of India’s highest and longest – soaring over 65 meters from the ground with longest span of 849 meters between the eight towers. The rope-way features 18 cable cars (or gondola) with a sitting space of eight people in each cabin. Skyview Patnitop is the largest Indo-French collaboration in mountain infrastructure development. Additionally, the rope-way also features 2.8kms of inclined destination covered by the cable car from the upper terminal to the lower terminal. It connects a sleepy hamlet called Sanget, where the lower terminal is situated to welcome visitors, to Patnitop, the upper terminal. This newly commissioned adventure tourism project is set in scenic countryside, providing a complete experience replete with adventure, thrill, culture and wholesome food for every taste and pocket. This new adventure destination in Patnitop spread over several acres in the sylvan Himalayas matches an international experience built to exacting safety standards. Adventure seekers will get a rush of adrenaline and thrill not experienced anywhere else in India.
Zipline: Skyview Patnitop features Asia’s longest zig-zag zipline measuring 580 meters. It starts at an altitude of 1,371 meters and ends at 1,344 meters above sea level. It includes 9 wires and 10 poles, with per hour capacity of 25 people and provides a riveting rush of adrenaline
Tubing Sledge: All season, secure, innovative and fun activity on artificial grass for children [4 yrs & above] and adults alike. The tube starts at an altitude of 1,366 meters and ends at an altitude of 1,329 meters above sea level and features 238 meters of slopes.
Magic Carpet: India’s first magic carpet with a distance of 162 metres to the top. It offers the highest surface conveyor capacity. It’s more like an escalator with picturesque views and in the middle of the mountains.
As the Skyview will keep you active all throughout your trip it will definitely make you crave for food. Skyview is home to four eateries that will tempt you with a variety of cuisines. Indulge in South Indian and North Indian food at the pure vegetarian restaurant, Banana Leaf. The Skyview Cafe offers you some of the finest teas, coffees, and other gourmet delights. Spicy hot momos and noodles at The Wok is where you let Oriental flavours pamper your tastebuds.
Nearby Places to explore
Nathatop: Circumscribed by meadows, deodar and kail trees, is the exotic wonderland of Nathatop. It is indeed the most beautiful attraction close to Patnitop for travelers. It’s a place you can visit almost all around the year.
Madhatop: It should on the top of your list to explore this mystical place. Surrounded by cedar and oak forests, Madhatop is a 5 km drive from Patnitop. It is truly a treat for trekkers and those who love long walks and trails through heaven. The region has three fresh water springs, which are sure to leave you spellbound.
Bhaderwah: If you go a little beyond Patnitop, (roughly a 80kms drive), you will reach Bhaderwah. It is famous as mini Kashmir – and that is reason enough for you to explore this place. From vast open grounds, rivers, tree-top houses, Bhaderwah is indeed one of the best kept secrets of J&K!
How to reach?
Skyview Patnitop is indeed one of the most well connected tourist destinations of the region. It is a two-hour drive from Jammu via Chenani-Nashni tunnel. It is merely a 90-minute drive from Katra and 45 minutes from Udhampur, which is also the nearest railway station.
Explore the unexplored and let your adventurous soul free fall!