Known for widespread snowfall during winters and year round spectacular views of snow capped Himalayan ranges, Narkanda is a nice tourist destination. Winter sports such as skiings are a famous attraction here. This blog will share complete knowledge of how to reach Narkanda from Shimla through different modes.
Where is Narkanda located?
Situated on the hilltop, Narkanda is a small town situated in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. Narkanda is located in the upper Shimla on Hindustan Tibet Road.
It is around 60 Km from Shimla after Kufri.
|Name of the Place||Narkanda (नारकंडा )|
|Elevation of Place||2700 m, 8900 feet|
|Best time to visit||Throughout the year|
|Distance from Shimla||Around 60 Km|
How to reach Narkanda from Shimla
Narkanda is connected by road and accessible throughout the year except during heavy snowfall or during heavy rainfall. The distance between Narkanda from Shimla is around 60 Km. There are different modes by which one can reach Narkanda.
How to reach Narkanda from Shimla by Road
There are various options to reach Narkanda by road.
You can refer to the below table to plan your journey to Narkanda.
|Sr. No.||Location||Distance (Km)||Elevation (ft)||Elevation (m)||Time (Hr)|
How to reach Narkanda from Shimla on a Bus
Himachal Pradesh State Owned Buses are called HRTC buses ( Himachal Road Transport Corporation buses). They are usually green/blue in color.
There are multiple options to reach Narkanda by bus.
Shimla – Narkanda by Bus
Below are the bus details you can choose
|SR. No.||SERVICE NO.||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||NARKANDA||DURATION||DEPOT||TYPE||ORIGIN||DESTINATION||ONLINE BOOKING|
|1||1510||12:30 AM||3:00 AM||2:30 Hrs||RAMPUR||ORDINARY||CHANDIGARH||RAMPUR||NO|
|2||333||3:40 AM||6:40 AM||3:00 Hrs||REC PEO||ORDINARY||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||POOH VILLAGE||YES|
|3||1220||5:00 AM||9:30 AM||4:30 Hrs||REC PEO||ORDINARY||HARIDWAR||RECONGPEO||NO|
|4||93||5:01 AM||8:30 AM||3:29 Hrs||DW TARADEVI||HIMSUTA AC VOLVO / SCANIA 2X2||DELHI ISBT KASHMIRI GATE||RAMPUR||YES|
|5||538||5:30 AM||7:30 AM||2:00 Hrs||RAMPUR||ORDINARY||DELHI ISBT KASHMIRI GATE||RAMPUR||NO|
|6||556||5:45 AM||9:15 AM||3:30 Hrs||REC PEO||ORDINARY||DELHI ISBT KASHMIRI GATE||RECONGPEO||NO|
|7||255||6:56 AM||9:30 AM||2:34 Hrs||REC PEO||ORDINARY||SOLAN||RECONGPEO||NO|
|8||518||7:15 AM||9:45 AM||2:30 Hrs||REC PEO||ORDINARY||DELHI ISBT KASHMIRI GATE||SANGLA||NO|
|9||1225||8:25 AM||10:45 AM||2:20 Hrs||RAMPUR||ORDINARY||HARIDWAR||SARAHAN||NO|
|10||CHD-KLK-KFN||8:30 AM||11:00 AM||2:30 Hrs||REC PEO||ORDINARY||CHANDIGARH||KAFNU||NO|
|11||1513||9:00 AM||11:30 AM||2:30 Hrs||REC PEO||ORDINARY||CHANDIGARH||RECONGPEO||NO|
|12||CHD-RPO-2X2||10:30 AM||1:00 PM||2:30 Hrs||REC PEO||HIMMANI DELUXE 2X2 NON AC||CHANDIGARH||RECONGPEO||NO|
|13||1726||11:30 AM||2:50 PM||3:20 Hrs||RAMPUR||ORDINARY||CHANDIGARH||SARAHAN||NO|
|14||1618||1:55 PM||4:45 PM||2:50 Hrs||RAMPUR||ORDINARY||AMBALA CANT||RAMPUR||NO|
|15||191||3:20 PM||6:15 PM||2:55 Hrs||SHIMLA RURAL||ORDINARY||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||RAMPUR||YES|
|16||321||4:40 PM||7:15 PM||2:35 Hrs||RAMPUR||ORDINARY||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||RAMPUR||YES|
|17||273||6:30 PM||8:45 PM||2:15 Hrs||REC PEO||ORDINARY||SHIMLA ISBT TUTIKANDI||RECONGPEO||YES|
|18||1511||10:20 PM||12:50 AM||2:30 Hrs||REC PEO||HIMMANI DELUXE 2X2 NON AC||CHANDIGARH||RECONGPEO||NO|
|19||CHD-SML-RPO||10:30 PM||1:00 AM||2:30 Hrs||REC PEO||ORDINARY||CHANDIGARH||RECONGPEO||NO|
|20||1512||11:30 PM||2:00 AM||2:30 Hrs||RAMPUR||ORDINARY||CHANDIGARH||KALPA||NO|
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How to reach Narkanda from Shimla on your own Vehicle
If you can reach Shimla in your own Vehicle then reaching Narkanda is not too difficult a task.
- The travel time is around 5.15 hrs so please make sure you start early in the day so that you reach Narkanda in the evening..
- You don’t require a 4X4 vehicle there as the normal vehicle can reach there.
- In winter there would be high snowfall above Shimla to Narkanda
- There are limited petrol pumps the way after Rampur.
How to reach Narkanda from Shimla on a bike
Kindly consider the below points before planning a trip to Narkanda on a bike.
- Every bike can reach Narkanda but prefer a bike with > 150 cc engine if you are with a pillion rider.
- You will feel the major variation in the temperature while traveling on the bike as there is a gain and drop of altitude. Shimla to Narkanda at a higher altitude than Rampur at a lower altitude.
- Ride carefully as the road from Rampur to Narkanda is considered a dangerous road so driving should be done carefully.
- Carry rain covers along with as there might be rain at higher reaches.
- During winters Bike riding is not advisable as there will be snowfall / black ice on roads and bike riding is extremely dangerous.
How to reach Narkanda from Shimla on a Taxi
Taxis can easily be hired for Narkanda and there are many options available on the online platforms. Following key things to be considered while taxing taxis to Narkanda.
- The Driver should be experienced in traveling these areas.
- Vehicle to be comfortable since travel time would be more than 12 hrs.
- Ground clearance of the Vehicle to be good.
- Negotiate well before finalization.
How to reach Narkanda from Shimla by Train
Narkanda is not connected by train. The last station is at Shimla
How to reach Narkanda from Shimla by air
Since Narkanda is located inland in the Himalayas, there is no airport nearby. The Last airport is at Shimla.
Summary – “How to reach Narkanda from Shimla”
Let’s summarize what we have understood in this blog “How to reach Narkanda from Delhi ”
- Narkanda is a wonderful travel destination located in the Narkanda district of Himachal Pradesh at around 120 KM from Shimla.
- You can reach Narkanda in one day from Shimla.
- Narkanda can be reached throughout the year but the best time is from April – June and then from September – October.
- Narkanda can be reached by self-driven car, bike, taxi, and by Bus.
- Cheapest way to reach Narkanda is by the HRTC bus and many options are available.
We hope you have got a good understanding of “How to reach Narkanda from Shimla ”. If you want to give suggestions on this blog ” please comment.
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions:
Question – Shimla to Narkanda bus
Answer – There are many buses from Shimla to Narkanda but with and without online booking . You can read this blog to know further.