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Saurabh Chopra Nov 02 2013

What is the taxi fare from Katra to Patnitop to and fro and how do I plan a return trip the same day?

Benazir Khan Nov 06 2013
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The taxi fare from Katra to Patnitop ranges anywhere between to 300 to 400 rupees in a local cab, to 600 upto 800 rupees in a private cab facility, based on the vehicle you book and the cab service you opt for. Approximately 80 kilometres apart, both Katra and Patnitop are vivid beauty spots in the breathtaking landscape that is Kashmir, and it takes about an hour by car (a little here and there, owing to the terrain) to reach Patnitop. Besides the obvious options by car, there are very reasonable and affordable options by bus, going to about 80 kms via a bus route and costing about 600 rupees, if pre booked. This is a fairly basic idea of the taxi fare from Katra to Patnitop.

While Katra is a spiritual hub and pilgrimage spot, Patnitop is a hill top area which promises a visual retreat of sceneries dotted with cedar and pine trees. Lush green during the summers and frost white during the winters, Patnitop is one of the few places among the lower ranges in the terrain to receive ample snowfall during the frosting winters in Jammu and Kashmir.

A panoramic view of the Vaishno Devi Temple in Katra

Katra, also known popularly as Vaishno Devi, in Jammu and Kashmir, lies at the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains and harbours the holy shrine of Vaishno Devi. Devotees from the world over come to offer prayers here and it is considered to be a huge healing hub for seekers of spirituality. The fresh air, winding rivulets and the mountains that envelope the shrine only add to the experience.

Patnitop, originally known as “Patan da talab,” interestingly meaning Pond of the princess, is a distorted version of the original name it bore, owing to the British encountering a difficulty in pronouncing the name correctly. The quirk apart, the pond, is still rumoured to exist in a small part of the town, and it is said that it was named so, out of sheer admiration for the princess who used to bathe there in an era gone by. Situated on the Srinagar highway, with the Chenab river, bypassing it gently, at an altitude of approximately 6000 odd feet above sea level, it constitutes a part of the Shivalik ranges of the Himalayan belt.

Cedar trees in the misty Patnitop

During summers, Patnitop is a good place for long, quiet walks in the pastures, horse riding, plenty of hiking trails. A paradise for picnic spotters, this makes for a good place to bask in shine and the cool air and take a bite of the juicy local apples if Jammu. During winters, ice skiing is a major activity that you can’t miss, no matter how much you freeze (temperatures can go below 0 degrees here sometimes) or even if you turn black and blue.

All in all, the trip is definitely worth your while, with a well worked out plan about your taxi fare from Katra to Patnitop, as you can start out early in the day and return back to Katra, during the evening, or late into the night, based on your convenience. Remember to carry your thick woollens irrespective of frost or shine, rest assured you will need it.

Priya Singh May 25 2014
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