There is not much to do in Narkanda, especially if you have skied in Auli. They do boast of skiing, but it isn’t any better than skiing in man-made snow parks before January. There are only two main hotels which were fully booked during our stay near the new year, something that doesn’t happen even in tourist seasons. We were smart enough to have stayed out of crowded places and enjoyed the beauty of small town. In fact the very purpose of going to a place like Narkanda should either be to take a stopover while going into Spiti, or to explore around in a non-tourist spot. One can’t expect fun to be served here like a decorated Mall in Shimla or Golf ground in Naldhera. There isn’t anything to do, but to jump into a local bus, hike up for 10 mins and reach a small pond (which they call Tani Jubbal lake) besides the temple and play cards there while enjoying the sunset! Or you can just start to climb up the hill, reach the top and come down half-sliding-half-treading in between the apple orchards, which btw are stark naked this time of the year. The best thing about Narkanda is being away from the crowd, and thats all! Of course the more adventurous kinds can always find a trail to trek upon.
Being upon a good height of 2700 mtrs, it was icy cold at night. Unfortunately our rooms didn’t have any heaters either. It is advisable to carry your own room heater if you traveling by your car. Also, it is a good two hours drive from Shimla by your own car. If you take a bus, be ready to be on road for another 3 hours, with a halt in between. The last local bus from Shimla is around 4:30-4:45 pm from the Lakkar Bazaar. After that there is one bus at 6:30 pm from Main Bus Stand which is a long-distanced night bus on NH22 till Kaza. So if you are starting from Delhi, your entire bus journey amounts to more than 12 hours, discounting the halt in Shimla.
After going to Valley of Flowers and Hemkund trek during peak season, I had an altogether different experience at this time of the year in Narkanda. It felt great to be left alone in the snowy routes and it reminded me of YHAI treks.