NARKANDA, at a height of IN 2,750 m (9,022 ft), stands on the HT Road as it winds along the edges of the ridgeline dividing the Satluj and Yamuna catchments. From here, the Himalayan peaks are even closer, and the . walks through dense temperate forests where spruce, fir and highaltitude oak take over from the deodar and blue pine, are quite spectacular. The best walk is the 6-km (4-mile) Kasauli hike to Hatu Peak (3,300 m/10,827 ft), where the Gurkhas made one of their last stands against the British in 1815. The area around Narkanda is lush with apple orchards. In winter, the slopes are ideal for skiing.