Thanedar is at about 80 km from Shimla on the old Hindustan – Tibet road. Thanedar unfolds as a magnificent panorama of mountains. The slopes of Thanedar (part of Shimla hills) are studded with apple orchards and prosperity via the Apple is legendary. In these parts, apples are not only eaten fresh, off trees and cases, but slices of apple are also dried on rooftops to be munched as a sweet in winter. Every year several lakh cases of apple leave Thanedar & Kotgarh for different parts of the country and abroad. This accounts for the unbroken line of trucks that ply these roads during harvest time, from July through September.
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.
The COST PER NIGHT includes all meals & all applicable taxes.
It does not include a 5 % Service Charge on the above cost, which the guest is liable to pay directly on site.
The tariff does not include barbeque and activities.
The driver/helpers are charged Rs. 300 for food and Rs. 200 for stay i.e. Rs. 500 per day..
Additional Cost for extra children / adults sharing the room/tent at all places would be:
Child below 5 years (No extra bed) – Complimentary
Child between 5 & 12 years (with or without extra bed) – INR 1500 /child /night
Adult (anyone aged 12 yrs or more) – INR 3000 /person /night
Time to visit: Throughout the year
Temp: Temperatures vary with the seasons. May to September have pleasant days (light woollens) and cold nights while April & October have pleasant days. The night temperature may dip to 5 degrees. During winters, there may be snowfall and temperatures dip sharply.
HIKES/ DRIVES AROUND RETREAT
Tani Jubbar Lake 6 kms drive/ short hike
A six-kilometre drive from the Orchard Retreat and 10-15 minutes uphill climb get you to this lake. This virtual stamp sized mountain lake is a popular picnic spot in an idyllic setting. A Hindu temple dedicated to ‘Nag Devta’ is built next to this lake.
Hatu Peak Distance from retreat: 21 km Grade: Medium By road: 15 km/ on foot: 6 km one way
The 3136M high Hatu Peak offers a panoramic view of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges. The forest around Hatu is famous for its flora and fauna. One can see Silver Fir, Birch, Oaks, Himalayan Cedar, Himalayan Yew, Rhododendron, herbs and wildflowers. The Hatu Mata Temple, located on the ridge of the top, is very popular with the locals during the local meals in September and October.