Narkanda is located north-east of Shimla at an elevation of around 2621 m, and is bounded by Shivalik ranges. The place offers a magnificent view of the majestic Himalayan Treks, including snow covered mountains of Pir Panja. During winter, the slopes of Narkanda host skiing enthusiasts. Also, you can amble in the conifer forest, feel close to nature, and explore some of the best offerings of the area.
Hatu Peak (3300) is located nearly 8 km from Narkhanda. Gurkhas built a fort here in the 19th century when they invaded the hill state. A well-defined trekking> trail leads you from Narkhanda to Hatu Peak. There is also a motorable route, but if you are a trekking enthusiast, take the route going through the thick forest area.
Hatu Mata temple is located at the top. Standing atop the Hatu Peak, you get to see some of the spectacular views of the scenic surrounding area, hills and valleys of Rohru, Theog, and Shimla. Also, hill hamlets such as Kumarsain, Kotgarh, and Nirmand can be seen.
The trekking trail takes you though pine, oak, rhododendron, deodar, sil, fir, and spruce trees. En route, you also pass through temporary shelters of Gujjars. The open grazing ground Joh Bagh is located 2 km from the Hatu Mata temple. Almost an hour long trek via a forest area consisting of Oak trees takes you to the verdant meadows of Joh Bagh. The meadows are ideal for pitching you camp.