Set in the idyllic part of Himachal Pradesh, a little away from the over commercialized capital, is a small hill station known as Narkanda. Tucked away conveniently from the crowd unlike its overpopular cousins, this where travellers usually stay overnight while doing the Spiti circuit via Shimla before moving ahead to Kinnaur the next day.
On both of our road trips to Spiti, this is where we halted on our first nights. Incidentally, we also ended up staying in the same hotel. Our first experience led to the second and would probably lead to all our future stays in Narkanda.
The name of the hotel is Hotel Mount View and these are the things that made us fall in love with it
1. Perfect location
The first thing that would instantly strike you about Hotel Mount View is its location. Set in the heart of Narkanda, it is just a walk away from the market centre. This location facilitates an easy check-in after a tiring drive from Delhi/Chandigarh and an early morning checkout for the next leg of the journey. The location also serves as a vantage point with views of the entire valley and night scapes that you may not get anywhere else in Narkanda.
2. Away from the noise
Despite being located at the market center, Hotel Mount View is secluded from the hustle and is situated in its own quiet corner. One side of the hotel faces a narrow lane that leads up to it and the other side overlooks the entire valley below. The place is quiet and is not located in the usual cluster of things like is usual in the other hill destinations.
3. Large Cozy Rooms
The rooms in the hotel are large, spacious yet perfectly cozy. If you are in a hillstation like Narkanda, all you may ask for, probably, is a cozy room and a warm bed to snuggle in. Hotel Mount View offers both. The rooms are spacious with a separate sitting area and an equally large sleeping area. You will find the usual amenities in the room, like a large king sized bed, TV, hot water kettle, a big wardrobe, a tea area and a dressing area with a full sized mirror (ladies may jump at this). The rooms also have an attached bathroom and a balcony to enjoy your morning and evening tea or coffee.
4. Gorgeous views? Yes!
The best thing about Hotel Mount View are the views that it has to offer. All the rooms in the hotel overlook the valley below with the Kinner Kailash range in the background. On a clear day, you may see the entire Kailash range, but on most days it is covered in a veil of mist. The views at night are also mesmerising as the valley below lights up like a swarm of fireflies. If you stay in Hotel Mount View, chances are that most of your time would be spent in the balcony – admiring the views, soaking in the sun and relishing the silence.
5. Hot baths
Each room in the hotel has an attached bathroom with state-of-the-art fittings and geysers to enjoy a hot shower. The bathrooms are large and well ventilated and have 24 hours water supply. Some rooms also have wash basins with a mirror outside the bathroom which helps in avoiding bathroom queues in the morning.
6. Triple occupancy
The hotel allows triple occupancy and provides extra mattresses, blankets and pillows if needed. However, the beds are large enough to easily accommodate three people for the night. A pair of extra blankets and pillows are always kept in the wardrobe if required by the guests
7. Great food
The hotel also serves food and complimentary breakfast. You can order both vegetarian and non vegetarian food from Indian and continental cuisines. Food is served in the room and the complimentary breakfast is sent to the rooms early in the morning.
8. 24 hour room service
The hospitality in Hotel Mount View is great and it boasts of a 24 hour room service. Though the room service is not the best thing, but the warmth and the friendly nature of the staff makes up for it. However, there could be a little problem with the room service during the peak season.
9. Close to Hatu Peak
One of the major attractions in Narkanda is the Hatu Peak or the Hatu Mata Mandir which is also the only popular sightseeing point in Narkanda. Hotel Mount View is just 8 kilometers away from the Hatu Peak and is easily accessible through a cab, or a short day hike.
10. Budget stay
Hotel Mount View offers great stay, exquisite views and mouth watering food at a very budget rate. You can easily get a room for INR 2000 with complimentary breakfast thrown in. You can make bookings from MakemyTrip, Yatra and Bookings.com or directly from their website http://www.narkandamountview.com/. You can also come to the location and do the bookings on the spot, like we did on both the occasions.
Our stay at Hotel Mount view was pleasant barring only a couple of bad experiences. The first time, our room service was poor and we had to wait and call a couple of times before our request was met. And on the second, there were power outages for long periods of time leading to dead phones and useless cameras the next day. But all these things were minor issues and were easily compensated by the rooms, the views, the location and the food. Hotel Mount View is probably one of the best hotels in Narkanda and we highly recommend it.