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Narkanda & Kotgarh: The Apple Basket of India

Have you ever plucked an apple, straight from a tree in the apple orchards, and ate it realizing how sweet and juicy a fresh apple is?

Himachal Pradesh

Starts: from Delhi

Ends: at Delhi

Group Type: Mixed Gender


Start: 10 PM, 15 Sep

End: 5 AM, Sep 19

₹ 14600

About the Tour

Narkanda, Thanedar, Kotgarh, and its surrounding areas make the “apple basket of India”. Do you feel excited to visit an apple orchard and relish freshly plucked apples? Does the idea of driving through roads dotted with the beautiful scenery of apple orchards give you goosebumps? We would also experience an amazing trek and some of the sightseeing places during this long weekend trip to the apple basket of India.

Narkanda, a sleepy little town surrounded by fir forests, lies in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh at a distance of 60 km from Shimla. The landscape of Narkanda is captivating, and the environment is peaceful, which means that Narkanda has stayed away from the commercialisation as compared to its surrounding destinations. It’s one of the closest offbeat destinations from Delhi, in the mountains.

Located at an average altitude of 8599 feet, Narkanda offers a breathtaking view of snow-clad mountains, especially the view of Shivalik Hills which can be seen from Hatu Peak in Narkanda.

Did you know that Narkanda is one of the oldest skiing destinations in India? In winter months, the snowy slopes of Narkanda become alive with skiers!

Kotgarh & Thanedar are the two lesser known towns located at a distance of a few kilometers from Narkanda. These places are also known as the apple basket of India as Kotgarh is the home to one of the first apple plantations in the country in 1916.

Did you know that the apple belt of Himachal Pradesh contributes almost 30% to the total apple production in India, with Kotgarh and Thanedar as one of the major contributors?

Are you ready to experience the thrill of snaking hill roads, towering deodars, beautiful valleys, promising spectacular mountain views, spend some time in the heart of Nature while hiking Hatu Peak and get amazed while taking the guided tour of apple orchards?

Trip Highlights

Your Itinerary

Meet the entire group and group leader for introduction and orientation in Delhi. We will board an AC vehicle exclusively booked for our group for our overnight journey to Thanedar.

Pick up Point: ISBT Kashmere Gate (right next to the exit Gate no. 7 of Kashmere Gate Metro Station, near McDonald’s)

(If you are an outstation participant, we recommend landing in Delhi latest by 7 PM)

Please note that if you are based out of Chandigarh (or any other city which comes on route) you can get in touch with us for the pick-up/drop on the way.

En-route breakfast (in Shimla)
Reach hotel (in Thanedar)
check-in & freshen up
Apple Orchards Visit (1-2 km easy walk)
Group Activity

Have an early breakfast
Trek to Hatu Peak & Temple (easy to moderate)
Packed Lunch at peak
Descend down
Drive back to hotel
Social Evening


Please note that Hatu Peak & Temple trek is an easy to moderate trek. The hike from the base to the peak is a combination of a very simple walk on road and traversing through mountain trails as well. If you don’t wish to take the effort of doing the trek, you can take a car from the base to the top. It can be arranged for you at an additional cost.

Check-out from hotel
Visit Tanijubbar Lake
Visit St. Mary’s Church
Christ Church
Mall Road & Lakkar Bazaar
Drive towards Delhi


1. Please be prepared for 1-2 km easy walk during your visit to Christ Church. Although the walk is pleasant as you walk through the Kotgarh village and you may end up interacting with locals.

2. In Shimla, the tour vehicle stays in parking, and from there, you explore Christ Church and Mall road on foot. It’s a pleasant walk.

We are supposed to reach Delhi by 5:00 AM as per the schedule, but still, keep some buffer time in hand if you have an onward journey on the same day. Because of uncertain traffic and road conditions, we can’t predict the exact time. Better to check with us while booking your return journey tickets.
We will drop off the participants as per the respective pick-up points, and exchange warm hugs, and goodbyes until we meet again.

If you are an outstation participant, we recommend booking a flight after 11 AM.

Narkanda Map

Booking/ Query

To book this trip, please Call/ WhatsApp/ Email using the below-mentioned details.

If you have any questions or concerns, then please feel free to contact us using the below-mentioned details. Alternatively, fill this form and our team will get back to you at their earliest.

Call/ WhatsApp : +91 9999 74 9677


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