Narkanda, a popular tourist spot in Himachal Pradesh is beautiful. The stunning view from the top of the Himalayas’ snow-covered mountains and the green forests of its foothills is breathtaking. It is located at 2708m above sea level on the Hindustan-Tibet Road.
What can You do in Narkanda?
Narkanda’s ski history dates back to 1980. The picturesque hill station has attracted many ski enthusiasts ever since.
Here, HPTDC organizes elementary alpine skiing classes during peak winters. There are many options for equipment and other essentials. It is home to some of the most skilled skiers in the country. Thus this makes it an extremely popular destination for beginners.
Trek to Hatu Peak
Hatu is a great place for adventure seekers and spiritual seekers. Hatu Peak is famous for its 7km hike. You will trek through a forest with conifers high up, such as blue pine, deodar, and fir, along the trail. Oak, rhododendron, and walnut trees will be visible. Make a stop near Gujjar Kotha to see the little pond on your way up the peak.
Hatu’s main attraction is a small, stove-like figure that is believed to be used by the Pandavas during their exile to cook food. Either you return to Narkanda the same day, or you can camp at the summit and enjoy a star-filled night.
Hatu Mata Temple
The Hatu Mata Temple, perched on the Hatu Peak’s long ridge, is one of the most venerated and most visited temples in Himachal Pradesh. The temple is dedicated to King Ravana’s widow Mandodari and holds great religious significance for locals. You will be rewarded with stunning views of lush alpine forests and tranquil vibes if you visit this place. To the north, there is a shelter that offers 360-degree views over the snow-capped Himalayan mountains.
The Mahamaya temple, which is dedicated to Goddess Kali, can be found in Kacheri, just a bit ahead of Narkanda. It was built by the kings of Sundarnagar. The temple’s Himachali architecture and aesthetics will leave you speechless. After you have sought blessings from God, go to a quiet place where you can meditate and contemplate.
Perfect time to go
Winter is the best season to see Narkanda’s most beautiful scenes. Good snowfall is received by the hilly hamlet between December and January. It can snow even in February. Narkanda is a popular spot for snowboarding and skiing. You can also experience the thrill of skiing and snowboarding from January to March.
Thanedar is a must-see if you plan to travel in the summer. Thanedar, home to beautiful apple orchards is best visited between June and September. These months are when Narkanda and the surrounding areas experience a bumper harvest of apples.
Visit Narkanda’s lush valleys in spring between April and May to see them. Summer vacations can also be planned in May and June. Monsoons are not recommended as the region is prone to landslides and traffic jams can cause real problems. If you are looking for a more relaxed vacation, August and September are the best months to visit Narkanda.