A must visit place while in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh is the village of Naddi. To reach this village the best option one has is to board a bus to McLeod Ganj from Delhi which is a 12 to 14 hour ride. Once in McLeod Ganj one has the option of trekking to the village of Naddi which is a 3km long trek or hiring an auto rickshaw which is a 25 minute ride to the village.
The village of Naddi is situated at a height of 7,152 feet above sea level (2180 m) and offers a magnificent view of Dhauladhar mountain range to the north and the vast expanse of the lush green Kangra Valley to the south. Naddi is situated away from the hustle and bustle of McLeod Ganj and provides complete peace of mind to for anyone who travels to this quite village.
The village mostly attracts families that want a weekend getaway from the nearby towns and cities. Owing to the crowd that visits there are a few tourist attractions that have mushroomed such as View Point, Sunset Point, Eco Point and a fair that is set up in the open space near Sunset Point which is overlooking the whole Kangra Valley. This fair is set up for three months from April to end of June.
The people of Naddi are mainly people of Punjabi decent and speak a dialect of the language. In the village there are a couple of small temples of their god, Lord Keyling. A walk through the village is a must as it takes one through the corn and bajra fields with the houses of the villagers all around the fields.
All the houses in the village have a large compound where hay is dried and stored for multiple usages. The locals gather in the evening to play cricket in one of the fields.
Another attraction that is close to the village of Naddi is the secret Dal Lake and the Tibetan children’s village which are located about a kilometer away. This is not the same lake that is in Kashmir but another lake that has the same name. Dal Lake is a good place for one to come for an early morning walk or jog and then spend some time relaxing in the woods near the lake or on one of the benches around the lake.
A grand festival is held near the lake in early September which attracts devotees from all over the valley and state who come and take a dip in this holy lake.
One will find plenty of hotels and motels all along the main road in the village. These places are not very economic and if one is looking for a more reasonable, backpacker friendly place to stay then the best thing to do is to look for one in the village as there are plenty of lodges and home stays that are very affordable.
The weather is typical of any place in this valley and hence the place is very hot in the morning during summer and pretty cool in the evenings. Winters are severe in this village with temperatures falling well below zero. The ideal time to visit Naddi is from the end of February to first week of April.
The village of Naddi is a perfect place to unwind and relax after a long journey through the Himalayas. It is perfect for both tourist and travelers who are visiting the valley.
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