Imagine yourself on a Gondola ride that gives you the majestic views of the Shivalik Range and snow covered deodar forests below! It’s almost like flying alongside the clouds at a height of 6,640-feet.
Around two and half hours from the Jammu airport lies Sanget (3 km from the Chenani-Nashri tunnel), the newest attraction for a world-class ropeway experience. This cable car ropeway happens to be ones India’s latest addition when it comes to adventure tourism. This ropeway that connects Sanget to Patnitop is nothing less than a fairy-tale ride. Flying over the lush snow covered deodar forests it gives a drone view of this picturesque place.
Patnitop had always been a well-known tourist destination but this initiative of “Skyview Patnitop” by Empyrean to build a cable car has given this place a facelift. This Indo-French collaboration in mountain infrastructure makes it India’s highest ropeway with over 65- metre ground clearance and the longest span of 849 metres between eight towers and sees two terminals between Sanget and Patnitop. The Lower Terminal stands at 1343.17 meters while the Upper Terminal is at an altitude of 1998 meters above the sea level.
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This makes it all the more commendable. The ride on Skyview Patnitop from Sanget to Patnitop takes almost around 12-14 mins and is one-of-a-kind Gondola ride covering a total inclined distance of 2.8 km. This engineering masterpiece also boasts about the fact that not a single deodar tree was cut during the construction of this cable car project. The project was completed in a miraculous 2.5 years.
As you get down at the Upper Terminal, prepare to be welcomed by deep snow-covered deodar. Be cautious and wear the right kind of shoes to walk over almost 2-3 feet deep snow. Syed Junaid Altaf, the Managing Director, Empyrean Skyview Projects, envisions welcoming more tourists through this world-class integrated mountain tourism infrastructure.
The adventure doesn’t end here; the Lower Terminal all sees a bunch of adventure activities collaboration with Flying Fox. It features Asia’s longest zigzag zipline measuring 580 metres through 9 wires and 10 poles.
How to reach
By Air: You can take a direct flight to Jammu from any metro city. Hire a private taxi to reach Skyview Patnitop.
By Rail: You can either get down at Udhampur or Katra and it will take you 1 hr and 2.15 hours respectively.