Situated in the Gurdaspur district of Punjab, Pathankot ranks fifth among the largest cities in this state. It is a popular resting point for tourists traveling to Jammu Kashmir and the cities of Himachal Pradesh. Pathankot has good connectivity with the Kangra Valley, Chamba and Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh. A visit to the famous hanging rest house at Shahpur Kandi is a must during your tour to Pathankot. For more information on Pathankot tour packages, visit indianholiday.com. Apart from its attractions, its scenic beauty also lures tourists to this place. Located in the foothills of Dalhousie and Kangra Valley, Pathankot's picturesque landscape impresses both domestic and global tourists.
How to reach Pathankot
Geographically, Pathankot has an altitude of 332 meters, with the Himalayas forming an amazing backdrop. You can reach Pathankot from Delhi by train, air and bus. It has an airport with flight services from Amritsar and Delhi. Pathankot serves as a major junction for trains arriving from Jammu, Delhi and Amritsar. There are many trains stopping at the adjacent station, of Chakki Bank, which is 4 km from Pathankot.
The narrow gauge railway connects Pathankot with Kangra Valley and Palampur making it an important gateway to Himachal Pradesh.
Buses from Dharamshala take around 3 hours to reach Pathankot. The famous Hindu pilgrimage site of Vaishno Devi is around 160 km from Pathankot.
Attractions in Pathankot
Have a memorable tour to Pathankot by availing any of the Himachal Pradesh packages from Indian Holiday. Here are some of the attractions in Pathankot:
Ranjit Sagar Dam - This tourist attraction is the highest gravity dam in the Asian continent. The Ranjit Sagar Dam gets water supply from the River Ravi. Thanks to the government's initiative, this dam has become a popular tourist spot.
Shahpur Kandi Fort - Built in 1505 by Jaspal Singh Pathania, the Shahpur Kandi Fort is another popular tourist attraction.
Nagni Temple - This temple dedicated to Nagni Devi, who protects the locals from poisonous snakebites, is a major tourist destination on the outskirts of Pathankot.,The temple attracts a huge crowd during the month of August. Places around Pathankot
These are other interesting locations around Pathankot:
Mukteshwar Temple - This sacred site located 20 km from the main town of Pathankot plays host to the annual festival of Mukesran da Mela during the month of April. According to legend, the Pandavas lived here for sometime while in exile. The site presently has a white marble shivalingam.
Nurpur Fort - This ancient fort situated around 25 km from Pathankot on the banks of Jabbar River was originally called Dhameri. The Mughal Emperor, Jehengir, renamed it Nurpur Fort.