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About Narkanda

Narkanda is a town and a nagar panchayat in Shimla district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It has an average elevation of 2470 metres (8599 feet) on the Hindustan-Tibet Road (NH 22) in Himachal Pradesh, India. It is about 65 km from Shimla and is surrounded by the Shivalik Ranges that span a large part of Himachal Pradesh. India's ski resorts are largely confined to the western half of the Himalayas. Skiers have frequented Gulmarg, Manali and Narkanda .Narkanda is the best Camping Sites in India. As of 2010 India census, Narkanda had a population of 2712.

Fruit orchards on the surrounding hills produce some of Himachal’s most juicy apples and cherries, making Narkanda one of Himachal’s pleasantest settlements, no matter what time of the year. The amazing views around Narkanda, combined with opportunities for long and leisurely walks through the orchards around, are reason enough in themselves to visit this hill town. That’s not all there is to Narkanda, though - the town also has a clutch of sights, both within town and nearby, which are worth a visit.

Narkanda is a skiing resort in winter. It connects Shimla with Rampurand a diversion also goes to Thanedhar, the prime apple belt of Himachal Pradesh where Satyananda Stokes started the apple culture. Narkanda is located at 31.27°N 77.45°E.

Best time to visit Narkanda is in the winter months from January to early March as skiing is the only reason for which people come to Narkanda. Trekking could be the other reason - march to Hatu Peak or explore the lakes and temples and have a go at trekking.

Weather of Narkanda

Summer Season in Narkanda
Town of Narkanda has a pleasing and easygoing environment during summers. Maximum temperature during the summers is about 30°C and the minimum temperature during summer ranges about 10°C. Summer months at the town of Nakranda are mainly April, May and June. These months are believed to be the best for visiting the lovely green environments of this town.

Winter Season in Narkanda
The winters at the town of Narkanda are very cold and hence having a trip to Narkanda during winters can never be an easy option. Especially the winter months are October, November, December, January and February. The coolest temperature during the winters is around minus ten degrees (-10°C) and the maximum temperature tends to be around fifteen degrees (15°C). Visitors and tourists interested in skiing and winter sports can have the best experience during winters.

Monsoon Season in Narkanda
Town of Narkanda experiences a temperate rainfall during the monsoon months of July, August and September.

Tourist Attractions in Narkanda

Mahamaya Temple
Mahamaya Temple is a well-known historical temple which is situated at Kacheri. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali and presents a peaceful atmosphere, suitable for meditation. This holy place is located in between beautiful scenic views with full of green surroundings. It is located on a peak having an altitude of about 1810 m from the sea level. The place is about 7 km away from Narkanda town and about 500 m away from Oddi on National Highway -22.

Thanedhar is considered to be the Horticultural heartland of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated at an elevation of about 1830m and located about 17 km away from Narkanda. The famous apple orchards in Thanedhar are known as Stokes Farm as it is named after Stokes. Stokes visited India during his summer trip to Shimla and he was enthralled with lovely atmosphere of Shimla and decided to settle down in Kotgarh, a place near Thanedhar. Later on, he founded the apple farm in Thanedhar and now it is turned into famous apple orchards and has international recognition too. At present Thanedhar is famous for its Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, and Royal Delicious apples.

Jallori Pass
Jallori Pass is famous scenic point which is located about 90 kms away from the town of Narkanda. This wonderful place is located at an altitude of 3550 m from the sea level. Visitors who want to visit Jallori Pass from Narkanda can go through the Sutlej Valley crossing through Luhri, Ani, Khanag.

Kotgarh is about 16 km from Narkanda and is famous for apple orchards. Satyanand Stokes brought the apple to this place and helped strengthen the economy of this area. Today Rs 3,000 Crore direct and indirect income is generated through apple production. Presently apple growers are shifting to bring their farm under cherry cultivation to fetch fast money in their pocket as holdings are marginalised due to population factor. The grandson of Mr. Stokes is researching to develop new variety of apple for better production.

Hatu Peak
Hatu Peak is one of the top most points in Narkanda and presents wonderful sight of the mountains capped with snow. It is located at an elevation of about 3300 m. Hatu Peak is situated about 8 km from the town of Narkanda. Road leading from Narkanda to Hatu Peak has trees of pine lined up on both of the sides. This place is well-known for prehistoric temple of Hatu Mata that is situated on the top of a hill. From this hill one can have a nice view of the total Himalayan ranges, snow covered mountain peaks and the deep dense forests and apple orchards. One can reach this peak by climbing on to the mountains.

How to Reach Narkanda

By Rail
Town of Narkanda is situated about 125 km from the closest broad gauge railway station that is located in the town of Kalka. Visitors can have toy trains from on the Kalka-Shimla route to get to Narkanda.

By Road
Buses are the most favored means of travelling and they are easily reachable in the town of Narkanda. The town of Narkanda is connected with nearby major cities, such as- New Delhi and Shimla with the help of buses. Shimla, Rampur and Kinnaur are the nearby places by road from Narkanda. It is well connected with the nearby smaller areas of Kufri, Matiana, Theog and Fagu with the help of government running buses. Bus services are basically practiced from NH-22.

By Air
One can easily reach Narkanda by flights that ply directly from the Jubbarhatti airport which is located about 155 kms from the town of Narkanda. One can reach Narkanda airport with the help of Cab and bus services as well.



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