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Narkanda: Your New Weekend Destination

Snow Covered Narkanda by Outlook India

A beautiful town in the lap of nature, Narkanda is a small village in Himachal Pradesh, located about 65 kms from Shimla. A place which is mostly skipped by a number of people, it offers a scenic view and a calming experience for anyone who chooses to visit.

In the past few years, towns like Shimla and Manali have been bombarded with tourists, even though we are happy for the people as the business is growing. But sometimes, we all just need some kind of peace and that is not possible when there’s a lot of people around. I mean, haven’t we all dreamt about living in a small, cozy cottage in the lap of nature away from all the hustle- bustle of the city, traffic and people, even if it's just for a weekend.

Narkanda is that cozy place for you. While being a small village, it doesn’t have a lot of tourist destinations but it definitely has some of the most beautiful picturesque views that you’ll fall in love with.

So, read on to find out what to see and what to eat in Narkanda and have a relaxed vacation.

Places to check out:

  1. Hatu Peak

  2. Hatu Temple

  3. Bheem Chulha

  4. Jor Bagh

  5. Sutlej View Point

  6. Tani Jubbar Lake

  7. Mahamaya Temple at Kacheri

  8. Kotgarh

  9. Stokes Farm

  10. St. Mary’s Church

1. Hatu Peak

Hatu Peak by Holidify

One of the biggest tourist attractions of Narkanda is Hatu Peak which is the highest point

not only in Narkanda but in the entire Shimla district. The Peak is situated at a height of

3400 meters and is surrounded by a dense forest of trees like conifers, oaks and maples.

Even though the forest has a variety of trees, it is mostly known for its apple orchards. The

trek to the top of the Peak stretches for 7km and has been a very popular trekking spot for

many. The trek trail is also a very beautiful trail as the stop overs offer you some

picturesque locations.

The Hatu Peak was of great strategic importance for the rulers of the erstwhile hill states

because of its commanding position and was accepted as a boundary between the states.

In the early 19th century, the Peak was captured by the Gorkhas and a fort was

established at the top of it. The Gorkhas were later dismissed from the Hatu heights.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to go to the top of Hatu Peak is from April to September,

but it is advised to skip the trek during the rainy season due to the slippery path.

2. Hatu Temple

Hatu Mata Temple by The Apple Crest

When you reach the top of Hatu Peak, you see the Hatu Mata Temple. The Temple is

dedicated to Hatu Mata, the Goddess of the Narkanda region, as well as the Narkanda


According to a local belief, the temple is said to be that of Mandodari, wife of Ravna.

Mandodari, apart from being the wife of Ravna, was also one of the Panchakanya. It is

also believed that Draupadi breathed her last after she fell from the mountain while on her

way to heaven.

The picturesque temple is built in the Pagoda style of architecture, which is a very typical

Himachali style with bands of wood and stone. The temple has exquisite wooden carvings

depicting stories from the Hindu scriptures. One can also see the influence of Buddhism

from certain carvings of dragons and other auspicious symbols.

While the temple is open throughout the year, people visit the Haku Mata Temple in large

numbers on the first Sunday of the Jyeshta month, i.e., or during the Gemini period/ mid-

May to mid-June.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to go to the top of the Hatu Mata Temple is from April to

September, but it is advised to skip during the rainy season as the path leading to the

temple can be slippery and dangerous.

3. Bheem Chulha

Bheem Chulha by BCMTouring

Just near the Hatu Mata Temple is Bheem Chulha. It is believed that during the one-year

period of the Agyaat Vaas, the Pandavas arrived at the court of King Virata of Matsyadesh

and lived there in incognito mode, taking up various duties in the King’s court. Arjuna

became a eunuch and tutored dance and music to the King’s daughter, Dharmaraja

became the King’s administration counsellor, Nakul became the caretaker of the horses and

other animals of the King’s army, Sahdev took care of the cattle of the palace, Draupadi

became queen’s maid and Bheem took up the duty of the cook.

It was at this time that Bheem used the place as his chulha or a fireplace where he used to

cook food. Bheem Chulha is a pair of hearthstones that are still found near the Hatu Mata


Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit the Bheem Chulha is from April to September, but it

is advised to skip during the rainy season as the path leading to the temple can be slippery

and dangerous.

4. Jor Bagh

Jor Bagh by TripAdvisor

A picture-perfect place, which is also an ideal campsite, Jor Bagh is a beautiful meadow

which also offers a soothing view of the great Himalayas. The Bagh is about an hour’s trek

away from the Hatu Mata Temple and has views of the majestic mountains, trees like

deodar, blue pine, oak and spruce.

The trek to Jor Bagh is through a dense forest, which is a beauty on its own, but one needs

to be very cautious as the trail is quite dense, making it very easy to lose your way. You

can just sit back and relax while watching the beautiful scenery that Jor Bagh offers.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit the Jor Bagh is from April to September, but it is

advised to skip during the rainy season as the path leading to the Bagh can be slippery

and dangerous.

5. Sutlej View Point

Sutlej View Point by Vargis Khan

Driving a few kilometres downhill from Narkanda towards Rampur, you will find a stunning

view of the Sutlej River flowing through the valley. This is the Sutlej View Point. While one

can easily drive the river up until it reaches the banks of the river, Sutlej View Point is the

first point from where you can get a nice view of the beautiful river.

About half an hour's drive from Narkanda, View Point is located right in front of a Seema

Suraksha Bal base.