Narkanda, in Himachal Pradesh is at an altitude of 2708 meters on the Hindustan-Tibet Road and 65 kms above Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh.
Narkanda is famous for its apple orchards and it also becomes a major ski center in winter. There are about 20 hotels and guest houses in the area so one has to book accommodation in advance. People say it is an ideal retreat for tourists who seek seclusion in the mountains but it is much more than that. It is as if the mountains want to communicate with you, as if the sky is generous and allows our existence beneath, it pours as if the showers are meant to baptize us, as if all of us were meant to be there and expand our horizon about nature.
As you walk on the Hindustan- Tibet Road in Narkanda, you will come across an open
stadium with synthetic turf on your right, called the Shilaroo Hockey Stadium. Just the right environment to play sports surrounded by mountains.
The locals are warm-hearted and helpful, and are very enthusiastic to talk, so be ready for a conversation in the local buses and on the roads. 8 Kilometers from Narkanda is the Hatu Peak, where the Hatu Mata Temple is located. A wooden temple that was dedicated to Mandodari (wife of Ravana).
The path is well built and motorable too, the trekking trail takes you through pine, oak, rhododendron, deodar, sil, fir, and spruce trees. Halfway, you also pass through temporary shelters of Gujjars. The open grazing ground Joh Bagh is located 2 kms from the Hatu Mata temple. Almost an hour long trek via a forest area consisting of Oak trees takes you to the verdant meadows of JauBagh. The meadows are ideal for pitching your tents and camping.
A perfect destination for kids to learn the importance of outdoors and connect with nature and get off gadgets. It’s an easy and doable trek assisted with guides or parents.
Distance- 14 kms, it will take around 6 hours to reach the peak. You have an option of staying overnight and camping the next whole day. A good weekend camping location with your family and friends.
Ideal season- May to June & September to November
How to get there- Train or car.
Train- Delhi to Kalka and Kalka to Shimla. Shimla to Narkanda by car
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