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Apple Orchard Tour

Duration: 12 Days 11 Nights
Activities: Cultivation (Apple orchard) and Agriculture, Photography
Regions: North India
Destinations Covered: Delhi - Shimla - Thanedhar - Sangla - Chitkul - Kalpa - Sarahan - Chandigarh - Delhi
Best Time: April, May, June, July, August, September

Overview

Shikhar’s Apple Orchard Tour programme showcases some of the best Apple Farms in and around the former summer capital of British India, Shimla, and now capital of the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh. The tour visits Kotgarh, widely considered as ‘the Apple bowl of India’ and probably ‘the largest Apple estate of India’ located 6500 feet above the sea level.

Once a poverty stricken region Kotgarh is today one of the wealthiest region of Himachal, thanks to the Apple bounty. The tour also visits the famous Stokes Farm, named after American Samuel Stokes who introduced Apple cultivation in the region. The Apple Orchards of Sangla Valley and Kalpa, famous for delicious Kinauri Apple, are other key stopovers.

Also on the tour, visit the 1857 neo-Gothic ‘Christ Church’; hike to Tani Jubbar and savour the rich history and colonial architecture of Shimla, an integral part of India’s historical timeline and venue of ‘Shimla Conference’ in 1945 or the decision to carve out Pakistan in 1947.

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Day 01: Arrive Delhi – Chandigarh

Welcome to India- a country where hospitality is a way of life; to a culture steeped in tradition, a land where history lives in music and dance. Our representative will receive you at the airport in a traditional manner with garlands and start your first day with a drive to drive to Chandigarh. Upon arrival in Chandigarh and check in the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 02: Chandigarh – Shimla (2200 M)

Today morning drive to Shimla. Arrive and check-in the hotel for overnight stay in Shimla.

Day 03: Shimla (2200 M)

Proceed for sightseeing in Shimla. You will visit Jakhoo temple, Advance studies, Christ Church and The Ridge. Later return to your hotel for overnight stay.

Day 04: Shimla – Thanedar (2350 M)

Drive to Thanedar via Narkanda. Upon arrival in Thanedar check in the resort for overnight stay.

Day 05: Thanedar

After relax morning you will visit Apple Garden in Thanedar and Kotgarh.

We will take you to Kotagrah where you will be welcomed with a host of apple trees that is more like a country where an apple revolution took place. Exporting several lacs tones of apples everywhere.

You will also visit The famous Stokes Farm is located at Thanedhar. Stokes came to India on a trip and while on a summer visit to Shimla, fell in love with its environments, which included the charming hill folk and settled down in Kotgarh. He started the apple farm which soon became renown with its Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Royal Delicious, Apples.

Later in the day you can take a hike to Tani Jubbar, Lake is approx six Km from road ahead. Overnight stay in resort in Thanedar.

Day 06: Thanedar – Sangla

Morning after breakfast drive to Sangla. Upon arrival in Sangla Valley check in the hotel/resort for night stay.

Day 07: Sangla – Chitkul (3450) – Sangla

Today you will start with local sightseeing in Sangla Valley (Also famous for Apple production) and Excursion to Chitkul. Drive back to Sangla. Bonfire in the evening, stay at camp/hotel.

Day 08: Sangla – Kalpa (3640 M)

Morning after breakfast drive to Kalpa. Upon arrival in Kalpa check in the hotel/Campsite for overnight stay.

Day 09: Kalpa

Today visit Kalpa Monestry, Roghi village and apple garden of local orcheredes in Kalpa . Kalpa is very famous for Kinauri Apple. Back to hotel for ovrenight stay.

Day 10: Kalpa - Sarahan (2313 M)

Drive to Sarahan (1920 M) by covering approx 183 km in 6 hrs. It is located amid mountains with towering Srikhand Mahadev (5155 M) as a backdrop. Arrive Sarahan and check-in the Hotel.

Later in the evening visit Bhimkali temple, A rare combination of Bhuddhist and Hindu architecture which is approx 200 years old. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 11: Sarahan – Chandigarh

Today morning we will start early morning and finish our journey in Chandigarh via Shimla, Upon arrival check in the hotel for overnight stay in Chandigarh.

Day 12: Chandigarh – Delhi

Drive to Delhi and departure to onward destination.

Shimla: Jakhoo temple, Advance Studies, Chirst Church and Ridge
Thanedar: Apple Garden
Sangla: Apple production
Kalpa: Kalpa Monastery
Sarahan: Bhimkali Temple

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