Patnitop or Patni Top is a hilltop tourist location in Udhampur district in Jammu and Kashmir state of India, on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, 112 km from Jammu on the way from Udhampur to Srinagar. Situated on a plateau in the Shivalik belt of the Himalayas, Patnitop sits at an altitude of 2,024 m
J&K Cable care corporation operates this cable car ( locally known as Gondola ) in two phases. The first phase starts from Gulmarg to Kangdoor (10167 ft ) and second phase from Kangdoor to Aparwath (13054 ft ). You can book ticket online from Gondola official website.
You can buy only for 1st phase or for 1st and 2nd phase. You can book online or you can buy ticket at TRC ( Tourist Reception centre ) of Jammu Kashmir tourism at Srinagar and other places.
During winter time Chair lift is kept in operation for ski players.
After reaching Gulmarg you have to walk 1 KM on flat road to reach the boarding point of Gondola.
The Ice Skating rink is one of the lesser known attractions in Gulmarg. The rink is situated close to the Gondola base station and overlooks the golf course. Unknown to most, several training camps for students and professional Indian Ice Skaters have been held at this rink.
The best time for ice skating in Gulmarg is in the winter months of January and February. There have been several instances when I’ve decided to ice skate when the Gondola is closed because of heavy snowfall in the skiing season. On more instances than one, this has been a good break from skiing. However, I’ve learned the hard way that having an instructor is useful for first time ice skaters. Your hotel front desk will be able to help you find an instructor for ice skating. There are several rental shops in Gulmarg from where you can rent ice skating equipment and give the sport a try. Do keep in mind that equipment might not be in the best of shape, so do inspect it before you venture out. If you’re keen on learning ice skating, several professional companies will be able to provide you instructors and equipment.
Pony Ride in Kashmir
Pony is a common mode of transport in the valleys of Kashmir. Taking a short pony ride in the beautiful valleys is another interesting thing to do in Kashmir. Pony rides in Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Yusmarg, and Gulmarg are very popular. Pony rides (Horse Riding) are more common in places where transport cannot be motorized. Taking a pony ride is a great way to enjoy the real lifestyle of Jammu and Kashmir.