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Surrounded by the Shivalik Ranges of Himalaya, Narkanda is a place offering beautiful view of the snow capped Himalayan mountains and turns into a ski resort in the winter months. It also serves as a gateway to the apple bowl of Himachal Pradesh.
On the old Hindustan-Tibet road (now NH22) at a height of almost 2743m and 60 KM from Shimla, Narkanda a quaint town is one of the most picturesque places in Himachal Pradesh blessed with glorious mountain views and thick Deodar forests that make its slopes look amazingly green.. It is an ideal getaway for people seeking  to relax  at a tranquil location, far away from the bustling city life. Narkanda is also famous for its apple and peach plantations.
A 7 KM trek to the Hatu peak from Narkanda through steeply sloping meadows, coniferous forests and wildflowers  is a must have experience for unravelling the beauty of the region. Hatu peak offers stunning views of the eternal snowline of Himalayan mountain peaks around that dazzle in the magical sunset. The rarified air and the clouds gliding by, give Hatu peak a surrealistic setting.
In winters Narkanda turns into a ski destination offering opportunity for cross country, slalom and snow hill skiing. Professional and recreational skiing can be tried on the pristine slopes here.These slopes are located at a kilometer only from the national highway 22. This makes them easily accessible. The slopes aren't long, but they are very good for those who have learnt skiing recently.
Hatu Peak
At an altitude of 3352m , the Hatu peak is a 7 km hike from Narkanda. On the top is a temple dedicated to the Goddess Hatu Mata or Kali. This temple is associated with the exile period of Pandavas. The summit offers beautful view of the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar mountains along with the valleys.
Tani Jubbar Lake
8 km from Narkanda is Tani Jubbar lake. One can reach this lake by hiking through Saroga forest. There is a temple of Nag devta or Snake God next to the lake.
16 km from Narkanda lies Kotgarh, the main apple growing belt of Himachal. It has numerous picturesque apple orchards scattered in acres of land.
Nearby places Train stations Airports
SIMLA 84 Km 01H 26m
Shimla 67 Km 01H 11m
Nearby major cities
Name Distance Duration
7 Km 00H 07m
48 Km 00H 48m
63 Km 01H 07m
7 Km 00H 07m
48 Km 00H 48m
The small towns of Kufri and Fagu are located near Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. The verdant natural beauty of Himalayas defines these two locations. Kufri is also famous as a winter resort with snow covered slopes and dense forests surrounding it. It draws adventure and winter sport lovers from around the globe.
63 Km 01H 07m
A beautiful hill city tucked in the lap of Himalayas, Shimla retains much of its old world charm and nostalgic influence of the British Raj when it was the designated “summer capital” of India.
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Best Seasons
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Season Min. Temp. Max. Temp.
Summer 15 °C 30 °C
Winter -10 °C 10 °C
In winter, the temperature can hover around freezing point when heavy woolens are required. During summer, the climate is pleasant and cottons / light woolens are suggested. Narkanda receives heavy snowfall in winters.

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Commanding magnificent view of the surrounding Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul, Ketu and Kamet , on the edge of the Nanada Devi national park, Auli is fast emerging as an important ski resort in India.

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Binsar is a beautiful hill destination inside a forest reserve and bird sanctuary with magnificent 360 degree view of Kumaon Himalayan peaks.

Far from the maddening crowds is Caukori, an isolated small village in the Kumaon mountains offering panoramic view of snow capped Himalayan peaks painted with magical sunrise and sunsets .

Madikeri - a picturesque hill station of misty mornings and dotted with coffee and exotic spice plantations, lies in the Western Ghats of south-western Karnataka. It is the headquarter of the famous Kodagu or Coorg district of Karntaka state. Flavoured with the aroma of fresh coffee, cardamom, black pepper and Coorg honey, Madikeri offers an enchanting experience.

Dalhousie is one of the most picturesque hill stations, located in the Chamba Valley between the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges of the Himalayas. Named after a British Governor General, it retains a mix of natural beauty and colonial charm.

Darjeeling, the “Queen of the hills” embodies the romantic nostalgia of “The Raj” or the era of British rule in India. Darjeeling, famous for its lush tea gardens, is blessed with a stunning view of Mount Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest peak.

Dharamsala has an aura about it. The town has lived up to its name, which means “The pilgrims’ rest house”; it is today the sacred seat of the Dalai Lama and his exiled government of Tibet. The backdrop of the Himalayas and the old world charm of the town adds to the magnetic attraction of the unique experience that is Dharamsala.

One of the most scenic hill stations of India. Gulmarg offers excellent powder run skiing opportunities of international standards.

The beautiful hill town of Kausani is a picturesque hill station famous for its scenic splendour and its spectacular 300 km wide panoramic view of the Himalayas.

Lachen 110 km from Gangtok, Lachen is a scenic Himalayan village of migrant Buddhist Bhutia yak herders called Lachenpas. The hospitable Lachenpas greet or bid visitors farewell with the traditional 'khada' scarf. Blankets made from sheep wool or chuktuk, carved woodwork, furniture, signs, symbols and blankets are the handicrafts of Lachen. Chuktuk is the local term used for sheep wool blankets. Since a sizeable population in the area rear sheep and yak, the wool from these animals is used for r

On the banks of the Beas river, surrounded by the majestic Pir Panjal, Parvati, and Bara Bhangal mountain ranges, lies Manali - one of the most popular hill resorts in India. Manali is also the gateway to the exotic Lahaul and Spiti valleys.

Mukteshwar is a quaint and peaceful hill town in Kumaon - Uttarakhand surrounded by thick coniferous forest; it offers 180 degree panoramic views of the mighty Himalayan peaks Neelkanth, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Nanda Devi, Panchchuli. Famous hunter Jim Corbett mentioned Mukteshwar in his 1944 AD classic book ‘The Man Eaters Of Kumaon’.

Stunning green hills of rolling tea plantations surround breathtaking Munnar. The town provides a completely relaxing and therapeutic experience for jaded city dwellers - misty mornings, sweet scented air, whispering breezes and a chance to walk in the clouds.

Mussoorie is a popular hill station in the Garhwal Himalayas. Due to its panoramic views and its proximity to Delhi, Mussoorie has been a favourite weekend destination for visitors from the nearby plains since the time of the Raj.

The beautiful small township of Pelling lies 115 km from the state capital Gangtok. Known for its grand views of Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain, which rises to 9390m. Pelling is perched at an altitude of 2400m, and is a traveller’s delight due to its strategic location in the eastern Himalayas.

A long time ago Kumaoni queen Padmini was smitten with the scenic vista of this hill town leading to her king Sukhdev naming the area queen’s meadow or Ranikhet. Ranikhet still retains the unspoilt charm and sylvan surrounding that provides panoramic views to the Himalayan peaks.

A beautiful hill city tucked in the lap of Himalayas, Shimla retains much of its old world charm and nostalgic influence of the British Raj when it was the designated “summer capital” of India.

Srinagar, the exotic summer capital of Kashmir is an enigma shrouded in a veil of mystery, a fusion of beauty, culture and history that mesmerises, enthrals and still sows a seed of doubt in the mind of the departing traveller that a single visit is not enough to touch its heart.

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