Hatu Peak, located at about 75 km from Shimla was one such discovery. A few km ahead of Naldehra, this lesser known peak is the perfect spot for a leisurely picnic. Though the drive/trek to the peak is slightly tiresome (the car goes only till a certain point) it is well worth the effort. There are no restaurants there so do carry your essentials.
Yet another hill station nestled in the state of Himachal Pradesh is Narkanda. This place is surrounded by lofty ranges and thick forests. A thick layer of mist envelopes the place giving it a rather surreal look. This place is ideal for a summer vacation; to get away from the hat or even for one to spend the winter. Located in Shimla, Narkanda is known because of its apple orchards and its treks all the way to Hatu Peak. There are many such trails that one can choose from as well.