Hatu Peak is 71 kms from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. one of the attraction is the sculpted temple which people to belong to Mandodari, wife of Ravana.
The place is 12000 ft. above sea level and is the second highest peak in Shimla. Over the past few decades Narkanda has gained popularity as an offbeat destination.
This is a great place for all those adventurers with a desire of an adventure packed holiday here. To visit here the best time are the months of April-October. The night temperature is generally 8 degrees -20 degrees in the summer. The temperature can drop down upto -10 degree in winters. The temperature here is very low during summers. It is advisable to carry jackets all the time, for the weather is very much unpredictable.
The peak is 7 kms from Narkanda. One has to take the narrow road in the middle that climbs up with a sign board of Hatu Temple on it. The road is has a very dense forest. It comprises of conifer, maple, oak, spruce, fir, pine, cedar and other varieties of trees. The roads comprises of steep curves, hairpin bends. This makes the journey even more enthralling.
On the route to the temple, you will find a flat-roofed hut known as ‘Gujjar ka Dera’ which belongs to a shepherd family.It is also famous to give cancer curing herbs. Right next to the hut is a small pond which overlooks the magnificent snow capped mountains. Where one can stop capture some beautiful shots.The road is full with surprises while arriving at the temple.
The forest is so much populated that at some places the sunlight hardly manages to hit the ground. One can sit back and relish the magnanimous view of the Trans-Himalayan Ranges from the top.
On approaching the temple, it is likely to get enchanted by its architecture . The main emphasis are the carvings on the wood of the temple. This gives a glimpse of Himachal’s rich cultural heritage.
The temple is visited by the locals who come to pay rituals during a local fair (mela) on first Sunday. First Sunday that falls after 13th May of every year of Jyeshtha (Hindu month).This fair is nice and the fair is celebrated where the locals set up their stalls. One of the striking feature of the ritual being goat sacrifice.
There is a stove like formation right next to the temple known as ‘Bheem ka Chullah’ which the Pandavas used for cooking during their Agyaat Vaas (exile).
Hatu Peak is a destination in itself, hence taking a little detour is worth giving a shot. A small 30 minutes trek to Jau Bagh, which is a beautiful lush green meadow will fill your heart with joy. The place is so serene that one tends to get lost in his own self. The beautiful view of small villages, grazing wild horses and vivid colored butterflies.
The place is popular due to one restaurant ‘Pandav Rasoi’ which comes before the temple. They have 19 cottages by the name of Agyaat Vaas. After refueling another trek can be start. Karena Peak which is at a distance of 2 kms, is a 25 minute trek from Agyaat Vaas.
It is a lovely green hill top where one can find remnants of small bunkers. It was earlier used by Gurkha dacoits who looted the nearby areas, during Gorkha War of 1815. It was on the request of Raja Khaneti and Kumarsain, the Britishes intervened in the matter. Thus the Gorkha regime was overthrown. The place is a perfect spot to capture both the sunrise and sunset in their splendour.