Hatu peak is located close to Narkanda at a dizzying height of more than 3352 m. Narrow, single roads leading to the Hatu Peak can leave you scared and enchanted at the same time. On one side are the deep and steep valleys with tall deodar trees forming charming patterns and on the other side you can see rock solid mountains almost pushing you into the valley. With every turn of the road, you feel the sharp ascent and the scenery around you changes. Best view is of course from the top of the Hatu Peak viewpoint. On a clear day, you get a panoramic view of the snow capped Shrikhand Mahadev peaks from here. Hatu Mata Temple is located next to the Hatu Peak. It is an ancient temple though the present structure is relatively new. Made in typical Himachali architecture with alternate bands of wood and stone this temple has exquisite woodcarvings all around it. Carvings depict scenes from Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. There are traditional auspicious symbols from both Hinduism and Buddhism carved here. Legend is that the stone image inside the temple belongs to Draupadi as the temple is supposed to be at the exact spot where she fell and died while the Pandavas were on their way to the heaven. To me, this place sounded no less than heaven.
Mountains have a strange effect on me. I feel overwhelmed by the scenery they have to offer, and yet feel grounded. Maybe that's why I love trekking. It's overwhelming yet calming. I am occupied, and at the same time I am able to unwind myself from everything else. Don't have to talk to anyone. Don't have to answer to anything. I can't help but smile when I am there. It's a nice feeling. .