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Narkanda

Everyone loves Shimla, and what's not to like? However, maybe it's time you took a step away from the madding crowd? Somewhere close but not too far? A mere 60-km drive from Shimla takes you to the town of Narkanda. Higher reaches, plentiful summer sunshine or vibrant white winters in abundant apple orchards - all contribute to make Narkanda 'the' place to be. Stunningly beautiful, Narkanda offers superb angling and winter sports as well. 'The' skiing destination of the district in winter, Narkanda attracts a considerable number of tourists around that time of the year.

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Things to do

Hatu Temple Drive Joaba Walk- Sights of dense deodars and sounds of various feathered friends lead you to the famous Hatu Temple atop Hatu Peak. This small wooden temple is dedicated to 'Mandodari' (Ravana's wife from the epic Ramayan).

Drive to Kotgarh Temple visit - A short drive to the Nag temple leads you on scenic winding roads to Kotgarh. In an area renowned for apple orchards, drop in at Kotgarh's Stokes Farm for breathtaking views and a bite of some of the world's juiciest apples. un[travel] your way back to the first apple orchard as you learn about Mr. Stokes and his concept of commercial cultivation of apples in India at Thanedar.

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Best time to visit October to March

Late September to early November is the ideal time to visit here after the rains have subsided.The chilly winter arrives by late November and stays on till the end of February.

Clear skies stay on through March till the haze in by mid-April to the mid-June rains. Frequent landslides are the only dampener till the monsoons end.

How to reach

Air

  • Air Transport is not as robust as compare to other states. There are two major airport near Narknada - Shimla Airport (SLV) and Chandigarh International Airport (IXC).

  • Shimla Airport is located 80 kilometre from Narkanda in Jubberhati near Shimla. Jubberhati is a small town near Shimla. Air India is the only airline which provide daily flights services from Delhi to Shimla. You can take cab to reach Narkanda.

  • Chandigarh International Airport is located 185 kilometre from Narkanda in "The City Beautiful" Chandigarh. Chandigarh airport is well connected to domestic destinations as well as some the International destinations. You will find daily flights from all the major cities of India leading you to Chandigarh. You can take cab or bus from Chandigarh to reach Narkanda

Rail

  • The Kalka Railway is the only railway station in Himachal which is 149 kilometre from Narkanda. Kalka offers a good connectivity from major cities like Chandigarh, Delhi, Howrah and many more.

  • Chandigarh railway station is also a good option. It is 170 kilometre from Narkanda. Chandigarh railway station is well connected to every major Indian city. You can take bus or cab from Chandigarh to reach Narkanda.

Road

  • Narkanda is well connected to Shimla, Chandigarh, and many other Indian cities via road. You will find bus and cab facility throughout the state connecting Narkanda to every major destination in Himachal. These roads offers some of the most beautiful views of different ranges and valleys.

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