Pathankot – Truly a Treasure
Soothing stretches of lush greenery, dotted with quaint temples and majestic monuments, against the backdrop of misty mountains; Pathankot is truly a treasure. The cool mountain breeze gently brushes past as you navigate through the many delights of Pathankot. From the bustling street markets, the quaint temples and genial neighborhoods, to the crisp environs of the Mamoon cantonment, everything about Pathankot will charm you.
Located in the Gurdaspur district of Punjab, Pathankot lies at the meeting point of the three northern states, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu Kashmir. It has been named after the Pathania Rajputs who once ruled the city. A picturesque town in itself, Pathankot also serves as the gateway to numerous popular tourist destinations in Northern India. By road Pathankot is surrounded by Kathua, Gurdaspur, Chamba which are 11.41 km, 22.85 km, 33.63 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.
Surrounded by the formidable Himalayas on one side and the majestic Shivalik Ranges on the other, Pathankot offers innumerable sightseeing opportunities. The river Chakki flowing by the city adds to its scenic beauty. The verdant and picturesque landscapes of Pathankot are a treat for sore eyes. The natural scenery of Pathankot is further embellished with the glorious reminders of its historical legacy that are spread across the city. The magnificent structures of the Nurpur Fort and the Shahpur Kandi Fort are major tourist attractions.
The religious significance of Pathankot is undeniable. A number of important shrines of different faiths can be found here. The Nagni Temple, Mukteshwar Temple, and Kathgarh temple are among the prominent pilgrimage sites here. The ornate Sikh Gurudwaras and elegant Churches, built by the British, are also worth visiting. To experience the cultural side of Pathankot, visit during the festivals of Baisakhi and Lohri, when the city comes alive with a festive fervor.
Best season to visitFrom mid-February to mid-April.
Best Buys Wooden Articles, Toys, and other handicraft articles.
Temperature Temperatures vary between (max) 16 °C to 25 °C and (min) 9 °C to 18 °C during the spring season.
Climate The climate in Pathankot is warm and temperate. In winter, there is much less rainfall than in summer. According to Köppen and Geiger, this climate is classified as Cwa. The average annual temperature in Pathankot is 23.2 °C. The rainfall here averages 1426 mm.
Best Activities Trekking, Horse Safari, Jungle Jeep Safari
Best season to visit Mid-February to Mid-April.
Clothing Light Woollens/Heavy Woollens
Location In the north Indian state of Punjab.
Altitudeabout 381 to 930 metres above sea level
Population 1.56 lakhs in 2011
STD Code 0186
Languages Hindi, Punjabi, English