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Reet Cheema May 23 2014

What to do on a one day trip to Narkanda?

Benazir Khan May 23 2014
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A one day trip to Narkanda is a great option for a quick getaway to the hills. The small hill-town of Narkanda offers a spectacular view of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. A lovely scenic stop en route to Kinnaur and Thanedar, Narkanda is gradually becoming a popular skiing destination in India. Here are some local attractions and things to do that you can easily cover in a day.

Photo of Narkanda (by Utsav V)

Option 1 : Hatu Peak

Narkanda is best known for Hatu Peak (3.3 km from the town centre). It is an easy day-hike of 7 km (one way) along a motorable road. Hence, driving up to the peak is also an option. The trek is through a mixed forest covering a whole range of high-altitude conifers like blue pine, deodar, fir and spruce interspersed with the broadleaved moru.

You can pack your own lunch or check out the eateries and the restaurants near Hatu Peak. There are a number of restaurants with great views. Though the sunsets are spectacular, experiencing the peak at night is a different experience altogether. For the thrill of the Hatu Ridge at night, take a tent along and camp out.

Photo of Hatu Peak (by parth joshi)

Option 2 : Exploring Narkanda

Another relatively relaxed option for a one day trip to Narkanda, is to spend the morning exploring the wilderness on the many intriguing treks within the town and be back in time for lunch. If interested, you can also camp in the surrounding forest for the night. The two best restaurants in town are Amod Tethys Narkanda Resort and the HPTDC’s Hotel Hatu. They are also popular and comfortable accommodation options with gorgeous views and lots of games and activities.

Option 3 : Jor Bagh Campsite

The walk to Jor Bagh is worth it for all the lovely sights on the way. An hour’s walk south-east past the temple, and then through a forest dominated by oak trees gets you to the grassy meadows of Jor Bagh. There’s a camping ground and a tea stall that dishes out steaming chai. Sit back and enjoy the green clearing, the view that only a peak can give you, and the swirling mists. At the northern edge of the ridge is a small shelter. From here you can enjoy a 360º panoramic view. If you are not planning a night stay, return early enough while the light lasts.

Option 4 : Skiing (only in winters)

The snowy slopes of Dhumri during the winter months from January to early March are packed with skiers across the country. The powder-soft snow and smooth slopes make Narkanda a skier’s delight. Contact the Himachal Tourism counter at Hatu Hotel for additional details.

Photo of a ski slope (by Grey cells)

So this captures the best of the what all you can do during your one day trip to Narkanda. Apart from spending a wonderful time exploring the attractions of the hamlet you might like to visit the popular destinations that lie in close vicinity. Shimala is one of the most frequented destinations that tourists often pick. It ideally takes a little more than an hour to cover the distance from Shimla to Narkanda by car and vice-versa. Don’t forget to like, share and comment.
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