Narkanda Tourism, India: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides 2021

Holding a treasure of scenic beauty within its domain, Narkanda is a picturesque town located in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. Lying 60 km ahead of Shimla city, Narkanda attracts hordes of tourists throughout the year. Set at an altitude of 2706 metres, this town is blessed with a peaceful ambience and perennial greenery. The presence of apple and cherry orchards dotting its verdant hills add to its visual appeal, making it a favourite among landscape photographers.

The major places of interest in Narkanda include a scenic lake called Tanni Jubbar Lake and a revered Hindu temple, Hatu Mata Mandir. There also are a few vantage spots which are visited by photography enthusiasts to capture the essence of Himachal Pradesh in picture frames. In addition to these fairly exciting spots for sightseers and vacationers, Narkanda is also a perfect choice for adventure seekers. Whether you are enthusiastic about trekking or skiing, this town has great opportunities for you to satisfy the adrenaline junkie in you. A vacation in Narkanda provides trekking enthusiasts with an opportunity to scale the second highest peak in Shimla district, Hatu Peak, boasting an elevation of 3400 metres.

Every season brings different shades of beauty to Narkanda, changing its aura completely. Thus, the town can be visited throughout the year. Due to frequent spells of snowfall in the winter season, the town remains covered under plush blankets of white snow and looks surreal. During the season, the minimum temperature drops down to as low as -8 degree Celsius at night. Whereas, during other times of the year, the dense forests of pine, oak, rhododendron and deodar add a vibrant appeal to its hilly landscape. The temperatures in summers are pleasantly cold, adding romantic vibes to the atmosphere.  All in all, with plenty of exhilarating adventure opportunities, sightseeing spots, lush greenery and luxury holiday resorts, Narkanda is the perfect choice for your next vacation in the mountains. 

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COVID-19 : NARKANDA is in Green Zone
Last Updated: 08 Apr 2021
Latest Information on Travelling to NARKANDA?
  • Entry is open for domestic travellers from other state. However, thermal screening will be conducted by state health authorities upon arrival.
  • No e-pass required to for Inter-state travel to Himachal Pradesh.
  • Entry/Exit from state borders will be allowed only from 6am to 8pm.
  • Face masks are compulsory when going out in public. Fine of Rs 1000 to be imposed on those not wearing masks.
  • COVID-19 test is not required on entry to the state. However, thermal screening shall be done for all passengers entering the state.
  • Night curfews (8pm-6am) declared in Mandi, Kangra, Shimla and Kullu till Jan 5.
  • All supermarkets, parks, malls and attractions are open with strict COVID-19 prevention norms in place.
  • Social distancing to be followed mandatorily when out in public.
  • E-passes/ permissions not required for inter-state travel.
  • For passengers arriving from red zone districts outside of Himachal Pradesh, carrying a COVID-19 negative test report from ICMR authorized lab, not older than 48 hours from the date of departure,14 days of Home Quarantine is allowed.
  • 14 days of institutional quarantine is required for passengers arriving from any Red Zone district outside of Himachal Pradesh or passengers having ILI (Influenza Like Illness) symptoms irrespective of the zone from where they are arriving.
  • All passengers must download Aarogya Setu App.

Nearest airport to Narkanda is Chandigarh. Domestic flights are operational at the airport from major cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore etc.

Local Transport

Local transport services, like taxis, autos and buses are functioning in the state.

The government of Himachal Pradesh has taken several steps to curb the spread of Covid-19 while allowing travellers and tourists to visit the state. Thrillophilia recommends you follow all guidelines and safety measures issued by the government and practice personal hygiene to keep yourself safe.

Entry open from other states to Narkanda; thermal screening to be done upon arrival Updated: 18 Dec 2020

Entry to Narkanda is open and does not require a Covid-19 negative certificate. There is no need for home/ institutional quarantine. However, thermal screening shall be done for all the passengers upon arrival. Night curfews (8pm - 6am) extended in Mandi, Kangra, Shimla and Kullu till Jan 5, 2021. People advised to maintain social distance and keep an eye on their health.

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This homestay at narkanda is delightful, This city life Is surrounded with mountains and offers the homely experience., the food was so delicious and stay was very comfortable.
The location of this homestay is wonderful, the view from room was so overwhelming, The room was spacious and clean, The meals provided at homestay was delicious. it felt so nice to go for a walk there, the environment was so fresh there, Totally loved the stay.
Beautiful-place, professional guide, skiing was wonderful which value for money, nice food outlets with a fair rate, A must-try activity.
The homestay was clean and nice than we thought, the scenery itself is so beautiful, delicious food would visit again.
I enjoyed this activity, the activity location was so perfect, full safety instruction from the guide, nice and clean dress, boots, and skis. The 2 hours experience really matches with the price. I will come back and recommend others too.
The location is easy to reach and it is really beautiful too, the room provided to us was spacious, with comfortable beds and a clean bathroom, the surrounding areas were lovely with fresh air everywhere. Very calm and relaxed environment.
We really enjoyed the Forest camping, the place is breathtaking, the arrangement was great, our host was approachable, we ejoyed the evening seating around the bonfire under stargazing what a lovely expereince. Nice ambiance the campsite surrounded by natural beauties...

People Also Ask About Narkanda

  1. Which are the places to see in Narkanda?

    Narkanda houses a few enjoyable places worth visiting on your trip. Some of them are:

    1. Hatu Peak: Being the second highest mountain peak in the Shimla district, Hatu Peak is one of the most popular tourist places in Narkanda. The peak claims a maximum elevation of 3400 metres, and houses a famous Hindu temple called Hatu Mata Temple. In addition to the valleys below, the peak also offers panoramic views of some majestic Himalayan peaks.

    2. Hatu Mata Temple: Perched at an elevation of 3400 metres on Hatu Peak, Hatu Mata Temple is a major attraction in Narkanda, visited by tourists and devotees alike. In addition to great reverence among Hindus, the temple is famous for its intricate wooden carvings.

    3. Tani Jubbar Lake: If you are planning to spend some moments of absolute peace in the lap of nature, Tani Jubbar Lake in Narkanda comes highly recommended. Set in the middle of alpine vegetation, 12 km away from the town center, this lake has a tranquil atmosphere, ideal for a picnic with your loved ones. The still water of the lake produces a perfect reflection of the surrounding vegetation, making it extremely photogenic.

    4. Stokes Farm: Thousands of apple trees spread across acres of undulating hills and valleys – Stokes Farm deserves to be in your Narkanda itinerary irrespective of whether or not you love apples. Located at a distance of 14 km from the centre of Narkanda, this farm was started by an American named Samuel Satyanand Stokes in 1916. During the farm tour, you will get familiar with various aspects of apple cultivation and come across a variety of apples.

  2. What are the things to do in Narkanda?

    1. Trekking: Trekking from Narkanda to Hatu Peak is the most popular activity among adventure enthusiasts visiting the town. The trail takes you through dense forests of deodar, oak and pine until you finally reach the peak offering breathtaking views of the surrounding verdant hills. The 7 km long trail to Hatu Peak is easy and can be covered within 4 hours.

    2. Skiing: Narkanda experiences heavy snowfall in winters which makes it a perfect destination to enjoy skiing. The rolling hills with vast clearances in the town make for an ideal playground for skiing lovers. For the best experience, one may visit between December to March beginning.

    3. Apple Orchard Tour: A trip to Narkanda is incomplete without a tour of the 18th Century Stokes Farm, which is home to scores of apple orchards. Explore the farm to learn some interesting facts about apple production and take some delicious apples back home as souvenirs.

    4. Horse Riding: An exciting aspect of exploring Narkanda is enjoying a horse ride amidst the pristine vegetation of spruce, pine, and deodar. This activity gives you a chance to savour the breathtaking vistas of the town, sitting on a horse's back as it rides you to and fro Hatu Temple.

  3. What is the best time to visit Narkanda?

    The peak tourist season in Narkanda is the summer season which begins in March end and lasts till mid July. The comfortably cold temperature ranging between 5 to 30 degree celsius allows easy exploration and pleasant atmosphere along with lush greenery all around.

    However, if you are interested in skiing, you must visit Narkanda during winters between December and March. Winters are chilly here as the night temperature goes as low as -8 degree Celsius.

  4. Is there snowfall in Narkanda?

    Yes, Narkanda experiences medium to heavy snowfall during the winter months of December, January, and February. The frequent spells of snowfall make it an ideal option to witness snow. 

  5. How far is Narkanda from Delhi?

    Narkanda is located at a distance of 405 km from Delhi and can be reached via Shimla. It usually takes 9 to 11 hours to reach Narkanda from Delhi.

  6. How can I go to Narkanda from Shimla?

    Buses going to Rampur and Kinnaur from Shimla ISBT can be boarded to reach Narkanda. Alternatively, private taxis are also easily available.

  7. How can I go to Narkanda from Shimla?

    Buses going to Rampur and Kinnaur from Shimla ISBT can be boarded to reach Narkanda. Alternatively, private taxis are also easily available.

  8. What are the best places to stay in Narkanda?

    Narkanda boasts a fair number of luxury as well as budget resorts and hotels to make your vacation here warm and comfortable. Below are some of the top recommendations.

    1. Tethys Ski Resort Narkanda: Located in Nagrot Village of Narkanda, Tethys Ski Resort is among the best luxury properties in the town and has a wide array of fine amenities including dining experiences, garden, and terrace. If you are planning a winter trip in Narkanda, this resort remains surrounded by heaps of snow and the area is ideal for indulging in skiing. Furthermore, if you don’t wish to disconnect from work, you can also find basic business facilities here.

    2. Hotel Snowflake: One of the most exciting options for budget travellers, Hotel Snowflake has a central location and provides room at a tariff as low as INR 1000 per night.  If you are interested in a camping experience, the property also features a campsite overlooking the breathtaking natural scenery of Narkanda. The amenities available include on-site restaurant, rooms with balconies, WiFi, and LED TVs.

    3. The Wilderness Resort: Located by the pretty Tani Jubbar Lake, The Wilderness Resort is best known for adventure opportunities, freshly cooked delicious meals, and spacious rooms featuring elegant interiors and modern facilities. If you are looking forward to spending a thrill-filled holiday in Narkanda, this accommodation option facilitates an impressive range of exhilarating activities like skiing and trekking along with numerous indoor activities.

    4. Hotel Sara: This mid-budget hotel comes with clean, airy rooms and a great range of comforts to give a perfect touch to your vacation in Narkanda. With amenities like WiFi, on-site restaurant and flat screens, the hotel promises a delightful stay for your entire family. The central location of the property is a bonus, enabling your easy access to major tourist sites.