kms from Shimla on the old Hindustan-Tibet road lies Kotgarh, which
enjoys a special place in Himachal history. In 1916 Samuel Stokes, a
social worker from Philadelphia brought the first apple saplings to
Kotgarh, the place he adopted as his home. One can still see the 'Starking
Delicious' apple orchard that he planted there.
Prakash thakur, the host, for whom the Orchard Retreat has been a labour
of love, is also the resident expert on the history and culture of this
little piece of paradise.
How To Reach :
From Shimla you take NH 22 via Kufri to
Narkanda(64 kms). At Narkanda, you leave NH 22 and get on to the
Thanedhar is 15 kms down the road and the Banjara Orchard Retreat is 1
km short of the Thanedar Bazar. A signboard of the Retreat greets you at
the turn off. The same road carries on to meet the Shimla-Sangla highway
(NH 22) at Bithal, which is 21 km from the Retreat.
fully furnished rooms with attached baths. There is 24 hrs supply of hot
and cold water.
amongst acres of apple blossoms is the Banjara Orchard Retreat - an
eco-friendly getaway that will enchant nature lovers. There are fully
furnished rooms with attached baths and a well-equipped kitchen to cater
to a variety of tastes.
Best Time To Visit :
The Retreat stays open all
year round. However temperatures vary with the seasons. April - November
- Pleasant days (light woolens) and cold nights. December - March -
Likelihood of snow and minimum temperatures touch zero degrees C.
Places to visit around the Retreat :
Tani-Jubbar Lake : Famous for 'Nag Devta' temple built along the
lake. The lake is 6 Kms from the retreat.
Hattu Peak : 15 Kms away, at 11,000 ft, this peak offers a
panoramic view of the snowline.
St.Mary's Church : Built in 1843, this church at Kotgarh is one
of the oldest churches in India.
Parmjyotir Temple : Built by Stokes in the Pahari style, the
temple is 1 Km away from the retreat.
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