Now that lot of travellers are moving away from typical tourist destinations, people are choosing places like Narkanda and the popularity of such places is increasing fast. Narkanda is located on NH-22 which connects Shimla with Kinnaur and surrounded by snow covered peaks. Beautiful landscapes with snow covered peaks, blue sky and high deodars make this place very special. Narkanda is not only a small town in Himachal, but it's a region which has lot to offer for explorers/travellers.
How to reach Narkanda - Narkanda town is 60 kilometers from Shimla and very well accessible through local buses. The road from Shimla to Narkanda is superb except a stretch near Shimla/Sanjauli towns. It takes approximately 1.5 hours from Shimla to Narkanda. If you are driving in your own vehicle, it's recommended to stop at Shilaroo Hockey stadium.
Dhomri is closest camping place to Narkanda. It's at a walking distance from the town. First photograph of this Photo Journey is clicked at Dhomri. This was clicked few years back during MTB Himalaya rally. And this is the place where skiing trainings and competitions happen in winters.
If we look at Narkanda Pictures on internet, you wold find lot of hikes around Narkanda and Hatu peak is one of the most popular place amongst hikers, Trekkers, bikers and adventure lovers. Check out the link above to know about this place. This place is also surrounded by beautiful forests. This place is also quite interesting for camping. Hatu peak is probably the highest peak in this region and it's must to experience the wind on the top.
Most of the Narkanda Hotels have great view of snow covered peaks. I have stayed in HPPWD guest house and HPTDC hotel in Narkanda. Both of these properties are very well located around the town.
Narkanda tourism is picking up and it's quite encouraging. Most of folks who plan shimla kinnaur trip should definitely consider taking a break around this region of Shimla. As you move further from Narkanda, the landscapes become more beautiful. Road passes through deodar forests and suddenly you come across great views of snow covered peaks.
Another interesting place around Narkanda is Tani Jubber lake, which is close to Kotgarh. It's a beautiful lake surrounded by deodar forest. I was also fortunate to camp at Tani jubber as well. Once, we had installed our tents in playground of government school which is near to Tani Jubber lake. And one night was spent in an apple orchard. If you keep walking on the road adjoining lake, you would find lot of apples. July/August is best time to see red apples on these trees.
Kotgarh shimla region is popular for it's export quality apples and cherries. As you enter Kotgarh region, you see apple orchards all around. Apart from apple, you can find cherries, kiwi, apricot, peach, wallnut, almond trees as well. There are some nice home stays in Kotgarh region. I have never stayed in homestays of Kotgarh, but that's in my list. And I want to visit this region again in July time, which is harvest season for villagers.
If you keep driving towards Kinnaur/Rampur, you hit the place where Satluj will start following you.
I am sure that Narkanda has lot more than what I have shared in this post. If you are keen in knowing more, click on links embedded in this post which talk about specific destinations around Narkanda and what makes them so special. Camping is definitely something that should be planned in this part of Himachal Pradesh. Hope to share more camping photographs soon.