Narkanda

Situated at a high altitude on the Hindustan Tibet National highway, Narkanda is a town in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by the beautiful Shiwalik ranges, it is connected to Shimla by road. Narkanda is a hill resort and a skiing destination in winter. Narkanda is a captivating town that commands a unique view of the eternal snow line, is filled with apple orchards, cherry orchards and dense deodar forests. Hatu Mata Temple, Mahamaya Temple, Kotgarh and Thanedhar famous for apple orchards are some places to visit besides excellent walks and trek to Hatu peak.
Best time to visit: All through the year, January and February for Skiing
Languages spoken: Hindi, Pahari
Climate: Pleasant summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall
Adventure tourism: Skiing, Snowboarding, Trekking
Natures Bounty: Hatu Peak, Jalori Pass, Kacheri, Kotgarh, Thanedhar

दिल्ली से हाटु पीक नारकंडा की बाइक यात्रा

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हाटु पीक से करीब दो किलोमीटर पहले से ही सड़क पूरी तरह से बर्फ से ढकी हुई थी और जैसे ही हमने उसके ऊपर बाइक चलाने की कोशिश की, बाइक आगे जाने की बजाय पीछे की तरफ फिसलने लगी। हमारे पीछे कुछ फ़ीट पर खाई थी और रोकने के बावजूद बाइक पीछे की तरफ फिसल रही थी इसलिए मैंने बाइक को दाहिने हाथ के तरफ गिरा दिया जिससे बाइक का हैंडल बर्फ में धंस गया और बाइक रुक गयी।

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Weekend Trip to Narkanda

Weekend Trip to Narkanda

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Ah! It is always good to be back :-)

It has been a long hiatus – years I guess – since I have shared by travel experience on Ghumakkar. But its better late than never. It was a not so cold December Friday when I along with 3 companions arrived at Delhi ISBT to catch our bus to Narkanda.

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View of mountain range from Himachal Tourism hotel

To the beautiful Kinnaur district in Himachal

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The scenes were becoming increasingly breathtaking and that made me even more eager to reach Chitkul. And boy, is it something! The amazing view of the mountains, waterfalls and the river going along. Twice we came to a point where there was no road, and I had to drive my new Indica vista, 1300 cc engine, through water. What an amazing experience! Beautiful valley, river flowing, and an absolutely divine view of the mountains. The view is imprinted in my mind’s eye forever. That’s how mesmerising it was.

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Kinnaur-The land of apples (Part 2)

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After about two and a half hours we reached Reckong Peo,or Peo, as it is popularly known. Peo is situated at an altitude of around 2200 metres above sea level and is at the base of the Kinner Kailash massif. From here, Kalpa was a short 20 minute drive and by lunch time we reached Kalpa. Our plan was to halt at the PWD rest house, which turned out to be a cottage with an excellent view of the mountains. Staying in Kalpa can be compared to living in the lap of nature. Overlooking the Kinner Kailash range, this is one of the most picturesque  hill stations one can ever visit. This quaint town was once the headquarters of Kinnaur district before it was replaced  by Reckong Peo. The collector’s office has now been taken over by the HP Irrigation Department while the old SP office is now a small police outpost. The old building of the District Hospital is visible behind the new building of a recently constructed Primary Health Centre.  From Kalpa, one can spot the famous Shiva Linga, nestled in the middle of the Kinner Kailash massif. It is a 2 day trek from Kalpa for the strong and sturdy.

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