Located between the valleys of rivers Sutlej and Giri in Himachal Pradesh, Narkanda, at 8100 ft, connects to Thanedar the main apple belt of Himachal and is popularly known as the ‘Gateway to Apple Country’. Famous for its skiing, angling and other winter sport facilities, its scenic views of snow clad mountains make it a popular tourist destination. About 65 km from Shimla, surrounded by the Sivalik range, the town started its skiing facility in 1981 and the HPTDC conducts courses regularly.
Once a small hill station along the old India-Tibet road, Narkanda became an important post on the road when Lord Dalhousie ordered the construction of the road in order to create trade ties with Tibet. With the cultivation of apples, Narkanda deleveloped further from 1916.
PLACES TO VISIT IN NARKANDA
Thanedar is known as the ‘Fruit Bowl’ of Himachal Pradesh known famously for apple orchards. Parm jyotir Temple is also a famous place to see in Thanedar. It provides an exquisite view of the adjacent forests and mountain ranges.
Shimla derives its name from Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of the goddess Kali, whose temple existed in the dense forest covering the Jakhu Hill in the early 19th century. Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and was also the summer capital in pre-Independence India. Covering an area of 25 sq km at a height of 7,238 ft, Shimla is surrounded by pine, deodar and oak forests. Its well developed amenities, easy reach and various tourist attractions make it one of India’s most popular hill stations.
Shimla is an excellent base for treks in the surrounding hills or beyond, rafting and trout fishing at Tattapani 51 km from Shimla and golf at the 9-hole golf course at Naldehra. In winter, there is skiing at Kufri and Narkanda from January to mid-March. You can also go shopping at some of Shimla’s most lively and colorful markets. You can entertain yourself in a cultural or a dramatic performance or take pleasure in a sporting activity. A wide range of activities and attractions will surely keep you occupied all the time.
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Hattu peak is 8 km from Narkanda. It is a major tourist attraction, as the peak offers an outstanding view of the dense forests and Himalayan ranges. The famous Hatto Mata temple is situated at the top of the peak.
THINGS TO DO IN NARKANDA
Ice Skating at Circular Road
Ice Skating at Circular Road: The ice-skating rink in Shimla is one of the oldest outdoor rinks in Asia. It attracts large number of tourists. The Himachal Tourist Department organises a carnival at the rink, every December.
Timings for Ice Skating at Circular Road
December to February: 09:00 am – 06:00 pm
Rafting in Tattapani
The perfect combination of adventure and beauty, Tattapani is an amazing spot for a fun-filled and memorable day. Tattapani is about 60 kilometers from Shimla, and is a popular spot for hot springs too. You can avail the 14 km long or the 36 km long rafting route. While the former can be completed in 1.5 hours, the latter takes up to 3-4 hours.
Timings for Rafting in Tattapani
January to December
Cost for Rafting in Tattapani
The cost for Rafting in Tattapani is mentioned below. We have listed cost per person, adult and child fees along with eligibility criteria
Cost Per Person: Rs. 1000 onwards
Trekking at Valley behind
Trekking experience in Shimla is the best one can have. With the pristine scenery and the alluring trails trekking is the perfect sport in Shimla. There are several trekking options available in Shimla. You can either trek to religious places or to beautiful lakes and falls.
Timings for Trekking at Valley behind
January to December: 06:00 am – 06:00 pm
This festival of harvest or Bissu or Bisha in Shimla is celebrated differently in different regions of Himachal. It is held on the first of Baisakh (April). The burning of jhalra is an important ritual performed during this festival. A pile of dry twigs with a pointed pole bamboo basket in the centre is set on fire as young boys sing and dance in circles around it.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN NARKANDA
While tourists prefer to eat indoors due to the cold weather conditions, make sure you try a local dhaba in Narkanda at least once.
BEST TIME TO VISIT NARKANDA
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Narkanda is as given below. The best time to visit Narkanda is also specified below,
HOW TO REACH NARKANDA
The closest airport is at Jubbarhatti, 85 km away. The airport is well connected to Kullu and Delhi. Chandigarh Airport is also a good option as it is better connected to cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Amritsar, Indore, etc.
Shimla is the nearest railway station to Narkanda at a distance of 65 km.
Narkanda is 60 km from Shimla. Shimla is well connected to most major cities in India by regular bus service.