India // Himachal Pradesh //

Northeast of Shimla

A three-hour (65km) bus ride northeast of Shimla, the scruffy hill town of NARKANDA (2725m) makes a reasonable resting point on the bumpy, six-hour journey to Sarahan. This former staging post on the Hindustan–Tibet caravan route acts as the roadhead and main market town for the area’s widely dispersed apple and potato growers. There are some good rambles through the cedar forests that surround the town, and great views of the Himalayas. Hatu Peak (3143m), crowned by a lonely hilltop Durga temple, 7km east of town, looks out over the River Sutlej winding far below, and a string of white-tipped mountains to the north and east.

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