Patnitop is a hill top location on the way to Srinagar from Jammu. Usually, it is a three hour halt and is included in the trip only if you are traveling by road.
Patnitop is also famous for Nag temple which also gives the beautiful view of Shivalik ranges. Click some amazing pictures here as this would be the first point where you can enjoy the snow covered peaks here. There is a park just close to Nag temple where you can enjoy skiing and sledge carts which are quite affordable as compared to those available in Gulmarg. Chenab river flows just next to Patnitop which enhances the complete view when seen through camera.
The best time to visit Patnitop is between April to June. If you want to see snow fall, visit Patnitop during February and March. The easiest way to reach Patnitop is through cabs or taxi which you can hire from Jammu station or Udhampur. There are many hotels here where you can stay overnight and start again for Srinagar, next morning. Some of the hotels and resorts here offer hill top view which might be expensive during peak season but off season can get you amazing deals. There are some good eat out joints here which you can relish after a short travel from Udhampur. Better not to eat something heavy as the narrow roads and hilly terrain will make you feel nauseated.