Tourist Places in Narkanda 

Hatu Peak, Hatu Mata Temple, Stokes Farm, Mahamaya Temple, Tanni Jubbar Lake, Jau-Baug, Kacheri.

The rich landscapes and exotic places to visit in Narkanda make it a hotspot for tourists who wish to see beyond Shimla and Rampur. Besides being a Nagar panchayat and small hill town of Himachal- Narkanda is sprawled over with apple orchards and undulating forests of oaks and cedar. The astounding lakes, peaks and awe-inspiring meadows of Narkanda leave their mark on the mind of a traveller.

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tourist places in Narkanda keep you hooked for long. Getaways like Hatu temple and Hatu peak stir adventure within, especially when you hike the extreme height of 11,150 feet above sea level. The evidential remains of Pandavas and Vanya Prastha era give you an ultimate time travel capsule. For years Narkanda proves to be a better alternative to Shimla because of its peaceful locale. Riders riding towards Spiti valley via Shimla also pass through or take an overnight halt at Narkanda. Places like Tanni Jubbar lake and Stokes farm are a top amongst all.

It is also popular as a winter playground for tourists due to the many sports and activities which are offered on snow-laden slopes of the region, especially skiing. From meeting your religious and spiritual mood to satiating adventure thirst in you- Narkanda is an all-rounder.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Narkanda:

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Hatu Peak

Perched atop an elevation of around 11150 feet above sea level, Hatu peak is one of the highest places to visit in Narkanda. Peppered with apples and oak thickets, the peak preserves an old temple named Hatu temple. It is dedicated to the wife of King Ravana- Mandodari.

Hatu peak also fascinates trekkers who start their trek from Narkanda and walk uphill for around 7 KM (one-way) to reach the top. The amphitheater landscape from the tip of the peak is quite rewarding to the ones who have walked all along.

Distance (from bus stand):
7.3 KM

Visit duration:
4 to 5 hours

Timings:
Early morning till early evening.

Entry Fee:
No entry cost.

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Hatu Mata Temple

The wooden temple embellished with wooden bands and Chinese style carvings gets a full rating mostly by every traveller. It is believed to be the place where the Pandavas cooked their meals during the exile period. “Bheem chulha” the two hearthstones are still found near the temple.

Because of its marvelous location, the temple is also an amazing trek destination. It also lures bikers for its 360-degree view of the surrounding Himalayan peaks and the twisty uphill ride. It is one of the most frequented places to visit in Narkanda.

Distance (from bus stand):
7.3 KM

Visit duration:
4 to 5 hours

Timings:
Early morning till early evening.

Entry Fee:
No entry cost.

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Stokes Farm

The sprawling Stokes farm is situated around 14 kilometers ahead of Narkanda in a small hamlet called Thanedar. It’s a major contributor to the state's apple production. Painstakingly established by Samuel Satyanand Stokes, the farm is known for its large-scale cultivation of Apples.

Not only does it boosts the Apple production in the state but it also provides employment to locals who along with sowing and reaping, work in making wine and jam and other sub-products.

Distance (from bus stand):
14 KM

Visit Duration:
An hour or two for a guided tour.

Timings:
Depends on the availability of a guide, mostly day time.

Entry Fee:
No entry cost.

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Mahamaya Temple

At around 5500 feet above sea level in Kacheri lies an ancient shrine of Goddess Kali which is famous as the Mahamaya Temple. The temple is nestled amid a beautiful scenic location which can be reached by driving 7 kilometers past Narkanda on NH-22. The temple has a meditative vibe and the breathtaking view from the temple campus is worth clicking.

The panoramas also include sprawling apple orchards and layers of snow during winter season. The place is mostly celebrated as a picnic spot.

Distance (from bus stand):
7 KM

Visit Duration:
At least 2 hours

Timings:
Early morning to early evening

Entry Fee:
No entry cost

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Tanni Jubbar Lake

Somewhat an ephemeral lake in the scenic vicinity of Thanedar near Narkanda- Tanni Jubbar lake is one of the offbeat tourist places in Narkanda. The placid lake lies desolated near Naag Devta which is a shrine dedicated to the God of Snakes. The dramatic foliage encircling the lake enables abundance of opportunity for nature photographers and peace-seekers.

Distance (from bus stand): 10 KM

Visit duration: 1 to 2 hours.

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM

Entry Fee: No entry cost.

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Jau-Baug

The enigmatic lush meadows of Jau Baug is a sight to behold. A furthermore walk of around 15 minutes from Hatu peak wide opens this valley of meadows where you would simply want to roll down and click some crazy landscape snaps. Jau Baug is also shrouded in the historical saga of Pandavas during Vanya-Prastha.

The green meadows make for an ideal trekking spot. It is one of the many places to visit in Narkanda for photography and nature walks.

Distance (from bus stand): 8 KM

Visit Duration: Not more than 2 to 3 hours.

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM

Entry Fee: No entry cost.

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Kacheri

Kacheri

Kacheri owes its popularity to the age-old Mahamaya temple which attracts hoards of devotees every year. Kacheri falls on NH-22 at around 7 kilometres ahead of Narkanda. Kacheri is quite an unspoiled hamlet which just 500 meters walk from Oddi and is also an ideal location for hiking and picnic.

It encompasses Mahamaya temple which stands among the top places to visit in Narkanda and is highly worshipped by the devotees of Goddess Kali. Apart from the famous temple, Kacheri is also cherished for its luscious apple orchards and green vegetation.

Distance (from bus stand): 7 KM

Visit Duration: An hour maximum

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM

Entry Fee: No entry cost.

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People Also Ask About Narkanda

  1. What are the famous places to visit in Narkanda with family?

    1. Hatu Mata Temple: Shrouded by the magnificent beauty of nature all around, the Hatu Mata temple is dedicated to Mandodari, who was the spouse of King Ravana. The wooden architecture with Chinese-inspired carvings has great cultural significance too.

    2. Hatu Peak: The sheer altitude of the peak with the roaring beauty of nature that shrouds it will make you awe-struck. It is also an excellent trek, and the grandeur beauty witnessed by the mountaineers makes all the effort worthwhile. 

    3. Mahamaya Temple: Dedicated to Goddess Kali, the Mahamaya temple exudes serenity amidst the magnificent natural backdrop. The calmness of the place at an altitude of about 5500 feet aids in soothing your soul.  

    4. Stokes Farm: Built by Satyanand Stokes, this apple orchard is a vital source of economy for the state. A walk around the orchard will expose you to the inner workings that are done diligently to produce top-quality apple products.
  2. What are the romantic places to visit in Narkanda?

    1. Hatu Peak: Surrounded by lofty mountains and thick greenery of oak, fir, and cedar trees, the Hatu Peak stands at an altitude of about 12,000 feet. It also encompasses the Hatu Mata temple and is highly frequented by the couples. 

    2. Tanni Jubbar Lake: The serenity exuding from this calm lake is refreshing, and the ethereal beauty of nature around makes it a perfect spot to render privacy to the couples.

    3. Jau-Baug: With a significant cultural history to add to its charm, this valley is simply mesmerizing. It is a mere 15-minute walk from the Hatu peak and is an ideal spot for lovers to spend some quality time.

    4. Stokes Farm: Located in Thanedar, the Stokes Farm is an apple orchard brought into existence by Satyanand Stokes. The orchard provides employment as well as contributes to the apple production of the state, and a stroll along this farm is quite fascinating. 

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