Pathankot (Punjabi: ਪਠਾਨਕੋਟ, Hindi: पठानकोट ) is 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 Rajputs prior to
1849 A.D. It is a meeting point of the three northern states of Punjab, Himachal
Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.
Due to its ideal location, Pathankot serves
as a travel hub for the three northerly states. 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. 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 is also used as a gateway for Chamba & Kangra Valley
in Himachal Pradesh and for various location in Jammu & Kashmir
like Mansar Lake, Srinagar, Udhampur, Holy Cave at Amarnath, Patni
Top and Holy Cave of Mata Vashino Devi (Katra) 155 km away
Pathankot is located at . It has an average elevation of
How to reach
Pathankot is connected to Delhi . Check Indian Airlines/Air India
site for flight schedule.
Pathankot is a major railroad junction. Lines from Amritsar (2 hrs)
and Delhi (8 hrs) merge here, and all services to Jammu (2 hrs)
pass through. In addition to Pathankot station itself, there is a
second station called Chakki Bank just 4 km away, which serves some
express trains that do not stop in Pathankot station. Nowadays the
majority of the Jammu trains stop only at Chakki Bank and not at
Pathankot. Unfortunately Chakki Bank is a smaller station with
In addition, Pathankot is also served by the narrow-gauge Kangra
Valley Railway (a.k.a. Kangra Toy Train) built by the British,
which crawls 128 km through stunning scenery to Joginder Nagar via
Palampur and Kangra (near Dharamsala). However, the luxury Kangra
Queen services were terminated back in 2003, leaving about 6
departures daily of slow, often packed second class trains, taking
over six hours. Bookings for these can only be done locally at
Pathankot station. Some of these trains run to Baijnath Paprola and
a few to Joginder Nagar.
To Know More about Pathankot Trains & Their Schedule Click Chakki Bank Railway Station Trains & their
& Click Pathankot Railway Station Trains & their
The main bus stand has been renovated. Its close to the railway
station. Formerly, there were two bus stations: a small one right
next to the train station (for Himachal buses) and the main bus
stand a few km away. Public HRTC buses to Dharamsala take 3-4
twisty, turny hours and cost Rs.75, while buses to Amritsar take 3
hours and cost the same. Dalhousie famous destination for honeymoon
couples is at just 80 km from Pathankot.
Pathankot is situated at the entry point of Jammu & Kashmir and
Himachal Pradesh. The famous Hindu Pilgrimage Vaishno devi is just
160 km from pathankot.From Chandigarh you can reach here in just
6hrs. It is well connected with bus services from Punjab roadways,
Haryana Roadways, Himachal Roadways and J&K transport.
To Know More about Pathankot Bus Stand Click Pathankot Bus Stand
& Schedule of Buses
Click Time Table
India census, Pathankot had a population of 559,559. Males constitute 55% of the population and females 45%. Pathankot has an average literacy rate of 87%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 90%, and female literacy is 83%. In Pathankot, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age. In Pathankot, Punjabi, Hindi, Dogri, are spoken .
60% of the population are Hindus
, 32% are
, 8% are Christians
, 0.4% Muslim
Pathankot and its people are very warm and cozy. The city itself
reflects the affection of its people.Probably the only city in
Punjab which was not affected by the dark period of terrorism
during the eighties.
Its one of the city of Punjab's golden triangle i.e. Amritsar,
Jalandhar and Pathankot are at a distance of 100 km to each
Places of interest & Stay
Places worth visiting near Pathankot include Shahpur Kandi with a
hanging resthouse, Ranjit Sagar Dam
which is the highest gravity dam
Asia, Madhopur headworks which date back to the Mughal era
. Church, Head works of Upper Bari
Doab, Shahpur Kandi are the attractions of this area.
There are some caves on the way to Shahpur Kandi which date to the
time of the Mahabharata
. According to a
legend, the Pandavas
stayed in those caves
for a night during their "Agayatwas". A carnival
called Mukesran da mela
is held there each year in
the month of April to mark Baisakhi
The ancient Shiva temple- Kathgarh
approximately 25 km from PTK, During "Naag panchami" gap
between two shiva parvati holy stones reduces and during
"shivrathri" the gap increases. There is no clue as to how that
happens. But truly it's a magic of its own. To reach there one has
to go to Indora (HP), which is 20 km away from ptk. Don't miss
this temple if you visit Pathankot.
India's foremost hydraulic research stations is situated at
Malikpur which is 7 km from Pathankot, where various models of
dams and irrigation canal are made before actual work upon them
There is a fort, called the Nurpur Fort
the Pathania Rajputs
, more than 900 years ago. It was damaged due
to the great earthquake which struck this region early in 1905 A.D.
25 km from Pathankot. It is quite famous in North India, and
the temple inside attracts tourists from all across. It is 25 KM
away from Pathankot.
is also one of the main
attractions of Pathankot city. It was built in 1505 A.D. by a
Rajput chief Jaspal Singh Pathania. It was strategically located to have
control over the Kangra and Nurpur region.
The fort is in ruins, and
is famous for its temples and the view it commands over the Ravi
The famous road/colony that forms the heart of city are
, Jodhamal colony, green
and Patel chownk
Famous temples are Ashapurni mandir, Kali mata ka mandir, Shani Dev
mandir, Hanuman Mandir near railway station, Ramlila ground. Also
devotees visit CNI church, Peer baba on Patel chownk. Now new
localities are coming up like Victoria Estate
place near Doji Raam ki Nursery
. The residential
land is decreasing day by day in its vicinity apart from famous
, land near Doji Raam ki
that are close to Shahpur Chownk and Green
There are many good hotels in the city but no 5 star facility
hotels. You can get excellent North Indian delicacies round the
clock. few of the renowned restaurants of the city are Hotel
Venice, Hotel Woodland, Moti Mahal, Unite Hotel.
One can stop over in Pathankot en-route to Dharamshala
(100 km), Dalhousie (70 km), Amritsar (108), Palampur
(100 km), Chamba (100 km) & Jammu (100 km),
Hoshiarpur (100 km), Kangra (100 km), Jalandhar
(108 km) all in different directions from Pathankot.
Make sure you visit Dalhousie in winter(after 25th December) you
can catch some real snow. More over when you visit Dalhousie, don't
forget to make ur trip to Kahgiar. No wonder they call it an Indian
Switzerland (try balloon riding, paragliding for kids, horse
riding, take a picture in their traditional dress, and
restaurants.) To have your adrenalin flow, drive from Khagiar to
chamba, narrow roads with breath taking views will make your
adrenaline flow for sure.
For religious trips like Jwalaji (130 km), Chintpurni
(130 km) Pathankot becoms an ideal place to rest before
heading to the hill route the next morning. A Grand Ranjit Sagar
Dam (earthen Dam made of mud and not concrete) is a 100 km
water reservoir. This is the latest tourist spot of Pathankot and
is in "Must Visit". Chinmayya Temple (Swami Chinmayya Nand) is also
un way to Yol Camp (100 km). This is the place where the
German Soldiers (POW) were kept in confinement after the Second
World War by the British.
Kath Garh Temple: The last destination of the Greek emperor
Sikandar. While returning back to Greece, The emperor Sikandar's
Army refused to cross this area. hence only Sikandar with his Greek
team went ahead leaving the most of Indian army here. A big
festible happens in the Kathgarh during the Shivratri as thousands
of people come to view visit this place.
The economy of the city is dependent upon the Army, 3-Multipurpose
Dams being constructed on river Ravi, as trading & distribution
hub for Chamba & Kangra valley and adjoining parts of Jammu
& Kashmir. There are lots of crushers in the area whose sand,
stones and other concrete material are ISI
marked, which is unique in the whole of India.
Pathankot is well connected by Air, Road and Rail with the rest of
the country. Despite being the city of such a strategic importance
the road conditions are worse in the city.
Indian airlines have flights from/to Delhi.
direct train links with Delhi, Jammu, Amritsar, Jabalpur, Mumbai, Indore and other
There are two railway stations in Pathankot
City-1 Pathankot .2 Chakki Bank.
Except for few trains most of the trains stop at Chakki Bank .The
important trains include
- Indore-Jammu Tawi Malwa Express, Mumbai Express
- Jammu Tawi - Kolkata (Sealdah Express),
- Chennai - Jammu (Andaman Express),
- Jabalpur - Jammutavi Express,
- Guwahati - Jammu Tawi (Lohit Express),
- Ajmer - Jammu (Pooja Express),
- Indore - Amritsar Express, Pune - Jammu Tawi (Jhelum
- Jammu Tawi - New Delhi
Super fast trains like Jammu Tawi-Mumbai Express do not enter city
Pathankot. They stop at outer Railway Station called 'Chakki Bank'.
The distance from main Railway station & Chakki Bank is just
4 km. This city also has a narrow line station just next to
main city station from where trains to Kangra valley can be
is also connected by a vast network of private and public-sector
bus services to other cities in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi,
Haryana, Jammu and
Kashmir. Important destinations include Jammu, Shimla, Chandigarh, Delhi, Dharamsala, Dalhousie, and Amritsar.
The domestic airport connects the city with Delhi and Kullu.
We can hire a convenience for the different tourist places such as
Dharamshala, Kangra, Chamunda Mandir, Mansar, Jammu, Vaishno Devi
(taxis and cab for different type of size are avalaible).
we can also go for Dalhousie and chamba that are hiil station of HP
from Pathankot and you can enjoy that.
Pathankot is also Now Became Municipal commitie but it is under the
Private institutions in Pathankot also serves as education hub for
the nearby areas of J & K and Himachal. Many students from
rural areas of these states come to study here. It has colleges
like SD College, SRPAAB College, RRMK Arya Mahila Mahavidyalaya Ptk
etc. Among the secondary schools St. Joseph's Convent School, Air
Force School, Arya Boy Sen. sec. School,Modern English School,
Tagore Public School, Pratap World School, Montennsari Cambridge
In spite of being the fifth largest city of Punjab
(population-wise), Pathankot does not have a government
- To book tickets to/from Pathankot, visit
- AMIMT, A & M Institutes - Pathankot City College.
- Abacus Education Franchise , http://www.maxmindindia.com