Places Of Interest: Hattu
Peak, Hattu MataTemple
Best Time To Visit: December
at 8,100 feet, 440-km from Delhi and is a two hours
drive from Shimla . It is slightly higher than Shimla
(7,400 feet) and the road linking the two runs almost
near the crest of the mountain with a gradual ascent.
One is constantly treated to a bird's-eye view of the
different valleys as the road twists and turns from
one spur to another. Especially breathtaking is the
view of Narkanda from Fagu, a small village enroute.
gives Narkanda its awe-inspiring view of the snowy
peaks is the fact that it is located on the ridge of
the last watershed before the Himalayan range. Below
Narkanda, to the north is the Sutlej Valley and beyond
it is the snowy massif. The ridge on which Narkanda
stands is the watershed between the Sutlej on the
north and the Giri river. The sleepy town of Narkanda
sits astride the watershed between the Arabian Sea and
Bay of Bengal.
area around Narkanda is also the orchard region of
Himachal, where cherry, apple etc are grown. One can
see empty and packed crates of these fruits on the
roadside, at various points on the way. Narkanda is
also an upcoming hot spot for adventure sports such as
Hattu Peak: A better view of Narkanda is
obtained from the nearby Hattu peak, which is nearly
2,000 feet higher than Narkanda, and just over an
hour's trekking distance from it.
Temple: The ancient
temple of Hattu Mata is alive with skiers