Narkanda is usually visited as a night stop on the way to Spiti. It is one of those places where you halt instead of Shimla. We too visited Narkanda as our first night halt before our Spiti trip begins. Narkanda still remans and Ignored Gem of Himachal Pradesh.
How to reach?
Narkanda located 61 kms away from Shimla max 2-2.30 hrs drive. It is way less crowded than Shimla, but does have fully functional large market and restaurants.