Places to visit in Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh

Entry of Narkanda camps, Himachal Pradesh India

Narkanda is a beautiful little village in Himachal Pradesh just a few kilometers from Shimla. On our way to Sangla Valley, we stopped at a campsite in Narkanda only to discover a heavenly place. So, I’m going to present the top things to do in Narkanda Himachal Pradesh. 

Places to visit in Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh

Camping in Kumharsain

When nature calls for us…We.Just.Go…

That was something like my last trip to Sangla, Himachal Pradesh,  India which is a 16-hour drive from Delhi about which I wrote here on how to reach Sangla from Delhi. Narkanda is almost 10 hrs from Delhi in the lap of mountains with apple & deodar trees all over. Just after crossing Narkanda, we stopped somewhere around Kumharsain for breakfast as we driving since past 8 hrs and were desperately in need of a break.

Entry door of camps of Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh India

The vigor of the beautifully made restaurant and the lovely little camps left us fascinated. As I mentioned here that you may want to take a break after Shimla if visiting Sangla valley, then this is the place I would recommend strongly.

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Variety of facilities are available here including camps, an amazing restaurant with homes like food, bonfire, and even wooden huts if you are not prepared for the chilly night. 

Camps at Narkanda Himachal Pradesh India

Luckily the place was not crowded, so we got to enjoy breakfast amidst beautiful mountains with only a few families stopping for a break. While the breakfast was being prepared, I took a stroll around the camp to capture the beauty and enjoy morning chilly weather.

A cottage at Narkanda Himachal Pradesh India

After such a long drive we even thought of not going to Sangla valley and just enjoy the rest of vacation at the Narkanda camp and I think I surely would have regretted that. Although, we continued with the quest for exploring a least explored area (at least I thought!!) and literally one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. 

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A lampshade at Narkanda Himachal Pradesh India

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Places to visit in Narkanda

Narkanda is a small unheard village located in the lap of mountains. With Shimla getting all the tourists footfall, Narkanda is literally unknown to tourists. Even we too stumbled upon the name of this village while on way to our final destination. Narkanda can not only serve as a pit-stop but a weekend getaway from the nearby cities also. With a limited number of places to visit in Narkanda, it is a perfect place to relax & connect the nature. Although we missed a few of these, I would like to present the places to visit in Narkanda –

Hatu Peak

Located just in Narkanda next to Shimla, at 2600 meters above sea level is the Hatu Peak. Located among a dense forest, snow-capped mountains, and apple trees all over. Spend your time while trekking to the Hatu Peak and enjoy gorgeous sunset and sunrise here. 


Tannu Jubbar Lake

Mountains are best enjoyed with a view of stunning lakes surrounded by the trees. Such a lake is there in Narkanda is the Tannu Jubbar Lake. A perfect picnic spot, photographer’s gem and an ideal way to rewind. Don’t miss visiting the lake when in Narkanda as lakes are always a nice way to know a place. I, therefore, recommend Tannu Jubbar lake as one of the top things to do in Narkanda Himachal Pradesh.


Located at a peak of 2600meters, Narkanda gets ample amount of snowfall. So, winters make Narkanda for enjoying winter sports including skiing. When visiting Narkanda in winters, don’t shy away from trying skiing here. Thus skiing tops my list of things to do in Narkanda Himachal Pradesh.

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  1. […] Don’t miss my Narkanda travel guide! […]

  2. Eager to see snow, planning the visit in Dec, 24 & 25.

    1. Shivani says:

      Snow may or may not be there, but do check the weather before planning.

  3. Can we expect to see snow at Narkanda between 24 & 25 Dec’19?

    1. Shivani says:

      It depends, nothing can be said with certainty. It is at a higher altitude from Shimla, so chances are higher for sure.

  4. […] at 2600 meters, Narkanda is a perfect place to visit in winters. The snowfall makes the village perfect for those who would […]

  5. Had no idea you could ski there!! Looks like fun 🙂

  6. I’ve started planning my first trip to India next March so I’ll have to add this to the itinerary! Thanks for the suggestions!

  7. Bucket listed! Love this post, so useful 🙂

  8. I would love to visit India one day. This village looks so lovely!

  9. danaberez says:

    India is high on my Bucket List! Awesome insight and tips!

  10. How adventurous! A drive from Delhi to this gorgeous place!

  11. How I would looove to visit incredible India some day. It looks like such an amazing place to be.

  12. Thanks for this reminder that I have not seen as much of Himachal as I think :-). Lovely pics!

  13. […] We drove non-stop for almost another 3 hrs, stopping around Shimla for morning tea and then reached Narkanda where we found the lovely nature camp. Tired of such long drive with minimal breaks we were […]

  14. Such a great weekend gateway! I spent three months in India in 2015, but I did not know about this place, I’m saving this for my next trip there! Thank you

    1. Glad you liked it 🙂

  15. travellingslacker says:

    Nice camps in the apple capital. I normally breeze past Narkanda on my way to Kinnaur and beyond. I have not devoted much time in this region, primarily because the accommodations seem to be too costly. But these camps may be a good option for people like me.

    1. I agree, costs are on little higher side, but for a weekend they seems to like a perfect getaway 🙂

  16. Sometimes being in nature is what the soul needs to recharge. This place looks so serene and magical. The wooden cabins remind me of a camp that I attended when I was younger. So fun!

    1. Thank you🙂

  17. Nature camp? Sounds awesome! Wooden huts, home like food and bonfire??? Whoa, I want to be there!!! Good to know its not much crowded as well. Hope I’ll get to visit the place as well.

    1. Glad you liked it

  18. Love this offbeat destination. The colorful cabins look great for a stay.
    Delhi has several such locations which can be done on a day trip. 🙂

  19. Camping in India sounds different. Not tents, but cabins, right? And so many colorful structures!

  20. I have never been to India but I would definitely include Camp Himachal. All the colours look just so bright. And looks like a perfect place for hiking too.

    1. Thank you 🙂

  21. The tents look very spacious! Camping in India never even crossed my mind. What a fun experience!

    1. Yes they were nice and spacious too🙂

  22. Very cool. The tents look nice. I wonder how comfortable it is on the inside.

    1. Yes it looked nice

  23. authenticfoodquest says:

    Very cool and unique outdoor spaces! Love the creativity with the front door. A great place for a getaway and commune with nature.

    1. Thank you for the lovely words🙂

  24. I have never thought of camping in india but it must be the perfect way to recharge after the hectic streets of Delhi. I am planning a trip up into the hills at some point next year. How cold does it get at night?

    1. Some locations do have camp setups. In summers/monsoons, it gets chilly but a blanket and bonfire will be sufficient. But I doubt about winters because of snowfall it might get really difficult and one might need thick jackets/coats and heavy blankets to survive the night.

  25. Looks like an interesting place to visit

    1. Thank you for the lovely words🙂

  26. I would love to stay here! I’ve never even heard about this place until your post. I love how colourful everything is too, such bright colours 🙂

    1. Glad I could provide some off beat location. Thank you for the lovely words🙂

  27. This looks like the perfect place to regroup and relax. I’d probably choose one of the wooden cabins, as I’m always cold and those look super cozy. I’ve never been to Narkanda, but if I do, I know where to go now! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    1. Thank you for the lovely words

  28. Rajni.gandha says:

    I have visited so little of India! Thanks for showcasing the beauty of Himachal pradesh!

    1. Thank you for the lovely words 🙂

  29. This looks so much fun, I’ve always wanted to go to a camp as a kid and this loosk like a great place to visit as an adult 🙂

    1. Thank for the lovely words 🙂

  30. They did a good job of making the entrance interesting.


    1. Yes they sure did!!
      Thanks Janet🙂

  31. Looks like an interesting place to visit – nice shots.
    Next time don’t forget to swing by and add yours to our link-up list. Just look for the blue button near the end of my post. Cheers 🙂

    1. Thank you 🙂 Sure I’ll add the link next time to the link up list.

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