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Thanedar Retreat, Shimla


80 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.

Thanedar Retreat, Shimla Thanedar Retreat, Shimla

Accommodation :
Seven fully furnished rooms with attached baths. There is 24 hrs supply of hot and cold water.
Nestled 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.
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.

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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