No prizes for guessing that Narkanda wins hands down when wanting to describe nature’s bounty in a cosy town that has a charisma and culture so dissimilar to what we are used to. If you haven’t heard of Narkanda, we bring it to you in print to conjure images that will leave you wondering why this place did not figure in your list of best places to visit for a holiday
Narkanda crowns Himachal Pradesh and is ensconced by lush verdant forests brimming with sturdy pine trees and has a quintessential rural charm. The people of Narkanda are warm and friendly and innately proud of their colourful and rich culture. Situated at a height of approximately 8100 feet, Narkanda is delicately caressed by the Rivers Sutlej and Giri and seems to be guarded by the mighty Sivalik Range. Its natural beauty gets magnified immensely during peak winter months when each dissimilar snowflake gently falls to the ground and covers it with thick blankets of sparkly snow. Narkanda is known as the ‘getaway to apple country’ since it is only 65kms from Shimla and connects to Thanedar which is the main apple region.
Narkanda became a skiing destination in 1981 and despite the length of time, the spectacular locales remain untouched and natural. The hallmark of this alluring destination is its serene ambience and breathtaking landscapes. Skiing is a worldwide pastime and defines the ultimate human urge – to explore and invent. Plan your next vacation here at Narkanda instead of heading to the normal clichéd holiday destinations. You can stay at that offers all modern amenities and also provides its guests with the skiing gear. The staff has the characteristic Himachali charm, pleasantness and hospitality. This lesser known destination has graded slopes that allow even first time skiers to indulge in this super exciting and adrenaline pumping activity. Of course, the experienced skiers can show-off their skills on the more challenges slopes and rises.
Narkanda’s snow covered slopes and perfect ambiance make it not just ideal for skiing but also serves solitude, peace and hush on this platter. The vistas and varied topography of this region is indeed the answer of rest for the harried city dweller. At a distance of 5kms, is the Hatu Peak and the trek to here unfolds more sights and picturesque locales of the meadows and valleys. The surrounding regions are the heart of cherries and apples and a forest laden with fir, spruce, maple, aspen and cedar trees. Narkanda in summer still has an abundance of snow on the mountains that surround it but the lower regions clear the path for pink hues of apple and cherry blossoms. This place is divine and majestic all through the year – start this winter