On day 2 to acclimatise to the mountains I did the famous Hatu Peak Trek in Narkhanda.A moderate trek in the Shimla District that is a total of 14 kms through beautiful pine forests with the Hatu Devi Temple & panoramic views of the Himalayas from the top. A must do trek if you visit Narkhanda.
At 4pm, we started toward Hatu peak. The road was very narrow, and though it was normal for the drivers there, we were very scared, only to realize that they will be worse in the coming days. Hatu peak is known for the views it offer to the higher Himalayas. Sadly the weather was misty from the morning, and we couldn't see beyond few meters. There is also a temple on the top. Started the descent after roaming for a while.
After 2-3 hour journey, we reached Narkanda. There, we had booked our stay at Sara Hotel, which was quite expensive, as compared to the services provided. After keeping our luggage there, we left to see Hatu Peak, most famous place of Narkanda. We hired a cab to Hatu peak for 600 rs, for to and fro trip from the hotel.
Next stop was the lush green valley of Jorhaat, which was around 1KM away from the temple. Note that, a lot of people don't know about this place. But since our guide was a localite, he suggested us to visit this place. The hike from the temple to Jorhaat, through the dense pine forest was an exhilarating experience. The sky vanished almost completely, only fragments of the blue remained – scattered just like an impossible jigsaw puzzle. The air became rich with fragrance of leaves and the sun rays peeped from within the tall and outstretched branches of the pine trees. The hike, though relatively easy lasted for almost 30mins since our guide, one of the staff members from the resort stopped us time and again, directed some weird poses for us between the woods and clicked photographs. He told us some of the most entertaining stories from the neighbouring villages and of course most importantly led us through the correct way (since the trails through the forest could be really confusing).