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Skyview Patnitop One-of-its-kind Adventure Destination

Pushpa Nair

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 14:51 Hrs  [IST]

A hallmark project under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model, 'Skyview Patnitop' by Empyrean is an initiative which was made possible through a strategic fusion of entrepreneurship, global partnerships, and modern technology to offer a world-class adventure destination at the foothills of the Shivalik mountain range in Patnitop, J&K.

Blue skies and fresh air greeted us in Jammu. A quick transfer from the airport to our vehicle and we were off to Patnitop. The drive was broken by a sumptuous breakfast at 'Comfort Resorts', on the road to Katra, soon to be renamed as a Taj Vivanta. The property is ideally located, on the way to 'Vaishno Devi', with big very nicely appointed rooms and extensive lawns ideal for families. Replete from breakfast we left for our destination a two-hour drive from Jammu, on the four-lane highway, across four spectacular tunnels, just 3 km from the famous Chenani Nashri tunnel to 'Skyview Patnitop' by Empyrean.

A big signboard announces that we have reached 'Skyview Patnitop'. A subsidiary of the Srinagar based FIL Group, with interests in agriculture, food & beverages, 'Skyview Patnitop' by Empyrean is the group's first venture into the world of travel & tourism. The company has already invested INR 175 crores in the first phase of the project. 'Skyview Patnitop' by Empyrean is an initiative which was made possible through a strategic fusion of entrepreneurship, global partnerships, and modern technology to offer a world-class adventure destination at the foothills of the Shivalik mountain range in Patnitop, J&K.



The ambitious project seeks to transform Patnitop, a hill station in Jammu, into a major tourist attraction not only in North India but also the entire nation and was completed in a record time of 2 years and 4 months. The project comprising of a Ropeway (India's highest in terms of ground clearance), adventure activities (Zipline, Magic Carpet, Tubing Sledge) and a range of F&B offerings as part of the launch stage. The Ropeway connects Sanget, the lower terminal that welcomes visitors, to Patnitop, the Upper terminal. It is India's highest ropeway in terms of ground clearance, soaring over 65 meters above the ground. It takes you through some of the most eye-pleasing sceneries, that change with the seasons. They ropeway features 18 cable cars(gondolas) with 8 towers, planned and developed in collaboration with the most prominent companies in the world, including the POMA Group, MND Group, ERIC and Sage Geotech, making it the largest Indo-French collaboration in mountain infrastructure. The Gondolas are also certified by CEN, the highest safety standard for ropeways in the world. This newly commissioned adventure tourism project was awarded the Best Adventure Tourism Destination 2019 by The Travel & Tourism Excellence Award organized by FICCI and Ernst & Young in August 2019.

"We want to promote Patnitop as a destination and encourage tourists to come to Jammu and see its myriad destination. Currently, awareness is limited only to Katra. There are many still unexplored destinations in Jammu which are unique in what they offer there are several places to explore, namely Sanasar, Nathatop and temples such as the 600-year-old Naag Mandir and other ancient places of worship." said Syed Owais Altaf, Head-Strategic Alliances, ESPPL. On being queried on why Jammu was considered ahead of other places he said, 'We are a company from J & K and we would like to start from here and then look at other places.'

This new adventure destination in Patnitop is spread over several acres in the sylvan Himalayas matches an international experience built to exacting safety standards. Adventure seekers are sure to get a rush of adrenaline and thrill not experienced anywhere else in India. Adventure activities at Skyview Patnitop offer a unique perspective of the majestic Patnitop hills. From heart-pounding thrills of a zipline and ropeway ride to a refreshing stroll through the vicinity, there is something for everyone. A great place to get away and come back refreshed.

 
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