Narkanda - or anywhere nice in the vicinity

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My recent visit to Narkanda

This holi I had a long weekend, and decided to go for a leisure trip to a relatively easy to access hill town in Uttarakhand or Himachal Pradesh. I heard that lower hills of Himachal are already in bloom. But as the journey dates were nearing, there was a prediction of rainfall, and snowfall at higher hill area.
Finally decided to book the HRTC bus tickets and HPTDC hotel accommodation, it's destination Narkanda!! For 3 days I'll enjoy the rain/snow sitting idle at hotel. The hotel guys also confirmed it was already at Narkanda.
The HRTC bus was late by an hour. Finally when I reached Shimla Tutikandi ISBT, it looked like deserted place. One HRTC bus driver suggested to go to Lakkar Bazar and try for local bus to shift to Narkanda.
Upto 10 AM, all Rampur bound buses were taking via Basantpur route. No one was ready to take Narkanda passengers. So I talked to one local taxi operator and requested him to have a conversation with the Narkanda Hotel guys. After the discussion, the taxi driver told there may be some road blocks due to ice formation and vehicles skidding. After Kufri, I could see 3-4 vehicle collisions, and few big trucks stranded. It took about 3.5 hours to reach Narkanda. But the small celerio car could not climb the slopes from main road. So I had to walk about 400-500 meters to reach the hotel. I did not expect 6 inches snow deposit, the general purpose sports shoe gave me lots of struggle later.
[1. Hotel and Cars near Fagu, 2. Enroute Narkanda, 3. Snow fall approaching, 4. Hotel backyard during snowfall, 5. Melancholy-1]
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Some more pictures on day-1 @Narkanda. Melancholoy-2, Evening setting in-view from the room.
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few more photographs from narkanda
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views from Narkanda

some more photographs
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The Ski slopes

Skiing courses are offered here, i could see a hostel accommodation also for the learners.
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Caturday caturday
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a fisheye view... (from the entrance area of Hotel Hatu)
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towards Hatu peak...
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Local kids having fun... and this boy was expert in skiing..
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Bye bye Narkanda...
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This was my first time in Shimla....
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Inside the Church..... but I could not visit the old church, may be next time..
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few more shimla moments...
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and couple of self portraits....
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bonne nuit....
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