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Narkanda – The Skier's Paradise


Narkanda is a beautiful tourist destination in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It provides a spectacular view of the snow-covered mountain ranges of the mighty Himalayas and the green forests at its foothills. Located on the Hindustan-Tibet Road, at an altitude of 2708 m, it is one of the popular hill stations of India.

Tourist Places In And Around Narkanda

Of all the tourist spots of the town of Narkanda, the Hatu Peak is most popular, as it is the highest point there. The Hatu Mata temple, regarded as a holy place of worship by locals, is located on the top of the hill.

The Mahamaya Temple, dedicated to the Hindu goddess of time and change, Kali is another popular temple located at Narkanda. The famous Stokes Farm, located at Thanedar, a short distance away from Narkanda, is widely recognised for its apple orchards and holds an international reputation. This farm is a legacy of an American man named Samuel Stokes, who started it in the early 18th century. Travellers can also visit Kotgarh, an ancient village located on the left bank of River Sutlej, which is 17 km away from Narkanda. The village is placed in a valley known for its “U” shape.

Visitors can also enjoy the panoramic view of the Kullu Valley, the zigzag roads, and the snow-covered mountains of the Himalayas from Kotgarh.

Famous for Skiing and Trekking, Narkanda offers adventure enthusiasts the opportunity to take up winter sports on the snowy slopes of the Himalayan range.

Best Time To Visit Narkanda

The moderate climate experienced here during summer, that is April to June, makes it the best season to plan for a trip to this place.

How To Reach Narkanda

Narkanda is well connected by airways, roadways, and railways and can be easily accessed by tourists.

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How to Reach Narkanda

  • By Road
    Apart from New Delhi and Shimla, regular buses for Narkanda are available from other cities like Rampur and Kinnaur. Government runs buses from smaller towns like Kufri, Matiana, Theog, and Fagu also ply to Narkanda.
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  • By Train
    The nearest broad gauge railway station to Narkanda is located in the town of Kalka situated around 78km from Narkanda. This train track connects the place to Chandigarh and Delhi. Toy trains are also available on the Kalka-Shimla route at an affordable rate.
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  • By Air
    The closest airport to Narkanda is the Shimla Airport at Jubbarhatti, located at a distance of 80 km. The airport is well connected to other cities in India namely New Delhi, Mumbai, and Srinagar, among others, with frequent flights. Cabs and buses are available from the airport for Narkanda and Shimla.
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