Located at an altitude of 2024 m above sea level
is the hill station of Patnitop. It is best known amongst tourists for the
paragliding activities it offers. The base for the ride is 2 km away in
Dawariyal, located on the Patnitop-Sanasar road. Another name for this place is
Billoo Di Powri.
The shortcut way to get to this point is a
400-stair climb on a staircase carved out of rocks. Your paragliding package
includes professional, safe rides along with high-quality videos too. The
duration of the ride depends on the velocity of the wind. Usually, after a
15-minute ride, you land at Kud.
Patnitop may not be the most famous hill station
in the area but it provides high-quality experiences to all its visitors. These
include some pretty good accommodation places too. Your options vary from
budget to luxury hotels, with amenities that you can depend on.
Keep your clothes harness friendly, anything that
makes putting on the harness easy. Prefer them to be neither too close nor too
Persons suffering from breathing problems or any
heart-related illnesses are advised not to take up this activity.
Do your research before settling on a paragliding
school. Read reviews to see which ones offer the best services with the safest
gears. Check that your gear is in place before starting the activity. If you
feel any discomfort, let your instructor know.
Reach Paragliding in Patnitop
Air: At a distance of 120 km, Jammu airport is
the nearest airport to Patnitop. You can find frequent flights to New Delhi,
Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and other major cities in the country from here. The
journey from Jammu airport to Patnitop can take about 3 hours to complete.
Rail: Jammu also has the nearest railway
station to Patnitop. It is located at a distance of about 112 km. The railway
station is well connected to most parts of the country. Reaching here, you can
find local cabs willing to ride up to Patnitop.
Road: Patnitop is located on NH1A and is
easily accessible by roads. You can reach the hill station via, Jammu,
Srinagar, Katra and Udhampur. Take your pick from private and local cabs along
with buses that frequently ride between the cities.