Pathankot and its surrounding areas once formed part of the territories of Nurpur (now in Himachal Pradesh). The dynasty of Nurpur was established by Jatpal alias Rana Bhet, a Taur Rajputs from Delhi, who settled at Pathankot and took possession of all the country in the foot of the hills.
Rajputs shifted their capital to the modern town of Nurpur (Renamed after Begum Nurjahan) towards the end of seventeenth century. A Muslim descendant of the Rajas of Nurpur Sayed Khan ruled over this territory till 1781.
Pathankot also figures in Ain-i-Akbari as the Purana Headquarter. Some believe it was a settlement of Pathans during the medieval times. The famous historian Cunningham says that name of Pathankot came into vogue from the word Pathankot.
Pathankot is a small city of Punjab, officially declared as district on 27 July, 2011 by Government of Punjab. In past, It was a Tehsil of the district Gurdaspur. It is a meeting point of the three northern states PUNJAB , HIMACHAL PRADESH and JAMMU & KASHMIR . Due to its ideal location, Pathankot serves as a travel hub for the three northernly states. It is the last city in Punjab on the national highway that connects JAMMU & 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, Kangra, Dharamshala, Mcleodganj, Jwalaji, Chintpurni and deep into the Himalayas.