Pathankot is used as a gateway to the Himachali hill stations of Dalhousie, Dharamsala, Mcleodganj, Kangra Valley, Jwalaji, and Chintpurni...
Pathankot a city and a municipal committee in Gurdaspur district in the Indian state of Punjab. It was a part of the Nurpur princely state ruled by the pathania rajputs prior to 1849 A.D. It is a meeting point of the three northern states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir. Due to its ideal location, Pathankot serves as a travel hub for the three northerly states and is a hub for the defence forces - Indian Army and Indian Air Force. Pathankot is the fifth largest city in the state of Punjab in terms of population. It is the last city in Punjab on the national highway that connects Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of India. This bestows strategic importance on the city and due to this strategic position Pathankot is also known as cock neck city. Situated in the picturesque foothills of Kangra and Dalhousie, with the river chakki flowing close by, the city is often used as a rest-stop before heading into the mountains of Jammu and Kashmir, Dalhousie, Chamba, and Kangra, deep into the Himalayas. Pathankot also has the largest military base in the whole of Asia.
Pathankot is also used as a gateway to the Himachali hill stations of Dalhousie, Dharamsala, Mcleodganj, Kangra Valley, Jwalaji, and Chintpurni. Over the years, Pathankot has emerged as one of the leading commercial hubs of Punjab; feeding major hydro-electric projects in the country like the Ranjit Sagar Dam. Mamoon Cantonment which is Asia s largest military station is located in Pathankot. Situated in the picturesque foothills of Kangra, with the river Chakki flowing close by, the city provides access to Amritsar, Shimla, Dalhousie, Dharamsala, Kangra Valley and Jwalaji. Pathankot has also been the seat of the loi and shawl weaving industry for centuries and was on the important trade route to central asia. Situated in the foothills, it has a pleasant climate and picturesque surroundings.
Pathankot and its surrounding areas once formed part of the territories of Nurpur (now in Himachal Pardesh). The dynasty of Nurpur was established by Jatpal alias Rana Bhet, a Taur Rajput from Delhi, who settled at Pathankot and took possession of all the country in the foot of the hills. Rajputs shifted their capital to the modern town of Nurpur (renamed after Begum Nurjahan) towards the end of seventeenth century. A muslim descendant of the Rajas of Nurpur Sayed Khan ruled over this territory till 1781. Pathankot also figures in Ain-i-Akbari as the Pargana Headquarter. Some believe it was a settlement of Pathans during the madieval times. The famous historian Cunnigham says that name of Pathankot came into vogue from the word Pathan. In the past, pathankot had the largest timber market of asia.
Best Time to Visit Pathankot
October to April
Mukteshwar Temple, Ranjit Sagar Dam, Kathgarh Temple, Nurpur Fort, Shahpur Kandi Fort, Nagni Temple
Pathankot Attraction Details
Mukteshwar Temple: Mukteshwar Temple is considered as one of the sacred religious place to visit and is dedicated to the main deity Lord Shiva. Situated at the hilltop, the temple has a white marble Shivling with a copper yoni. The Shivling is surrounded by idols of Brahma, Vishnu, Parvati, Hanuman, Ganesh and nandi.
The temple can be reached by climbing a series of winding and steep stone stairs. The trekking to the temple is an experience and those who look for heavenly feelings can devote themselves to the blessings of Mukteshwar.
Ranjit Sagar Dam: The Ranjit Sagar Dam is the biggest gravity dam in Asia and the Punjab government has plans to develop the surrounding area into a major tourist spot. Five kilometers away in the village of Doong, there are some caves believed to have sheltered the Pandavas of the Mahabharatas, while on exile.
Kathgarh Temple: It is an old temple, built in Mughal style, housing 6 feet long and 5 feet round 'Shivalinga' The 'Linga' here is of its own kind not found anywhere in the world. The Linga inside the temple is made of wood and it automatically breaks into two pieces and then the two equal pieces are put in the right place and it again retain its original state.
Nurpur Fort: Nurpur, originally known as the Dhameri, the fort was named Nurpur by Jahangir, the great Mughal Emperor, after his favourite wife, Nur Jahan. The fort was constructed by Raja Basu around 100 years back and fell into the hands of Jahangir much later. The fort is around 66 km from Dharamshala in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. This fort has a Lord Krishna temple. This temple is famous for the Lord Krishna black stone murti. This murti was gifted by some Rajastani king to Nurpur city king.
Shahpur Kandi Fort: Shahpur Kandi Fort is nestled in the foot of the majestic Himalayas, overlooking the Ravi River. It was built in 16th century by Bhao Singh, who named it after the Emperor Shah Jahan. The little town of Shahpur is located on the left bank of the Ravi River. The fort now functions as a rest house. Some Muslim Tombs and a mosque are sighted near the fort. There is a typical old stone tank just outside the village.
Nagni Temple: This temple is dedicated to Nagni Mata, a goddess who protects people by bites snakes. It is arround 30-35 Km from Pathankot, situated in Himachal Pradesh. It is arround 8-10 Km from Nurpur. There is the huge fair on every saturday in the month of Augest.
How to reach Pathankot
Pathankot can be reached by air from cities like Jammu, Delhi and Jaipur.
Pathankot has direct train connections with Delhi, Jammu and other Indian cities. The most important trains that pave way to Pathankot are Jammu Tawi-Mumbai Express and Pooja Express from Jammu-Jaipur.
Pathankot has a strong network of private and public sector bus services. Hence it can very conveniently be reached from important cities like Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir.
Where to stay in Pathankot
Hotel Woodland, Hotel U-nite, Dee Pee Residency, Walia Resort, Hotel Venice, Hotel Stay Well, Hotel Green