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Jammu And Kashmir: Patnitop, Sanasar and Verinag
Patnitop – Jammu
Patnitop is a favorite destination for a night halt for people going to Srinagar from Jammu, as it falls en route and is a beautiful hill station.It is 8 km from Kud ( a popular picnic spot) and 46 kms from Udhampur. It is about 106 kms from Jammu and is situated at a height of 2028 mts. Deodar and Pine tress shade almost entire Patnitop. You will also find a good number of apple trees. Snowfall is common in winters. Around 8 km left of Patnitop is Sud Mahadev, a holy Hindu shrine. Here there is a trident (trishul) of Mahadev. There is also a dand, or metal stick. It is said that the Dand belongs to Bhima of Mahabharata. About 5km away is Talai, which has archeological importance. And about 19 kms off is Sanasar, which is well known for its scenic beauty. Highly advised that you visit Sanasar.
Sanasar: Shaded in the shade of Pine and Fir trees, Sanasar stands proudly at a height of 7000ft. It is surrounded by white, snow-covered peaks all around. There is also a lake here. The view point offers you uninterrupted view of the valleys and the mountains, and promises to take you into a dreamy world. Sanasar may have lesser tourists, but it is more beautiful than even Gulmarg. Do not miss Sanasar if you are making it by road to Srinagar.
Verinag: 6 kms from Jawahar tunnel toward Srinagar is the Verinag crossing, from where you have to take right and travel for another 5 kms. It sports the oldest Mughal garden of Kashmir, built in 1620, by emperor Jahangir. There is also a spring, which originates from the octagonal, 15m deep, kund. Originally it used to be a round one, and the present Mughal octagonal form was the handiwork of Jahangir. The water is crystal clear. There is some water even in summer months, while the excess water of the rainy season doesn’t overflow the kund. The Kund is also home to trouts. Verinag had remained the favorite place of Jahangir. There is a shiv mandir too, in the vicinity.
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