Narkanda – Hill Station Popularly Known for Skiing.


The beautiful Narkanda hill station is situated at an altitude of around 2760 meters and offers a stunning view of the lofty ranges of Himalayas. Narkanda is a hilly town which is situated 60 KM along the highway running from Shimla to Kinnaur. The winding road leading to Narkanda from Shimla take around 2 hours to reach the destination. 

Narkanda is home to stunning ski slopes and lush apple orchards, long walks and picnics will take up most of your time here. This quaint hill station is also the gateway to apple-rich Thanedar- Kotgarh, replete with snaking hill roads, towering deodars, gentle valleys and the Sutlej playing hide-and-seek between stunning views ever so often.

The best part is you can enjoy Narkanda hill station holidays at any time of the year.  Narkanda is a skiing destination from January to the end of March. Being a hill station at a height of (9,022 ft), one thing that Narkanda promises is the spectacular views of the mountains.

The Hatu peak – 3,400 meters – the highest point  situated in Narkanda. It is also popular for a temple, sitting atop Hatu peak.


Manali – The Valley of Gods


Manali, at the northern end of the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, is a hill station situated at a height of 2050m (6398 ft) in the Himalayas. Situated on the Beas river (Vyaas in Hindi) and near its source. The snow-covered landscapes of Manali grab the attention of local and foreign tourists, making it an apt choice for those who want to see snow or indulge in snow adventure sports.  It is located at a distance of 540 km from the national capital, Delhi and only 250 km from the state capital, Shimla. Old Manali is a serene, tranquil place, whose lingering silence is broken only by the twittering of the birds and the sound of the roaring waters of the Kullu river.

History of Manali

The existence of Manali can be traced back to the folklore of Mahabharata. The name ‘Manali’ literally means the abode of Manu drived from the word “Manu-Alaya. Manali was the hometown of the Brahmin lawgiver Manu and the town is named after him. Legend has it, that one day, the seventh incarnation of Manu found a tiny fish, who told him to take care of him as he would do him a great service one day. The fish grew and grew to such an extent that Manu had to finally release the fish in sea.

Before it left, Matsya warned Manu about an upcoming flood that would submerge everything before it. It foretold that the only chance for survival of his family and the Saptrishis, was for him to build an ark worthy enough to carry them and outlast the flood. When the flood finally came, Matsya towed the ark to safety. As the water slowly receded, the ark came to rest on a hill side which manu made his abode.


Modern Manali history began with the advent of the British. The British developed the land as a sanctuary from the oppressive heat of the plains during summer. They planted apple and released trouts in the rivers of Manali. Manali was part of the princely state of Mandi, which merged with India in 1948.

Thanedar – Home to One of the First Apple Plantations in the Country.

Thanedar is a village in Himachal Pradesh in India. Situated at a height of 7,250 ft from the above sea level. Thanedar is at about 80 kms from Shimla on the old Hindustan – Tibet road and is surrounded by Apple, Plum and Apricot orchard.. It is a great place for nature lovers and adventure travel enthusiasts to spend a few peaceful yet energetic days. Thanedar offers good Himalayan views, walks and village character. In a gorge, some 6,000 feet below and clearly visible to the naked eye, flows the River Sutlej. 

Thanedar and Kotgarh is famous for being home to one of the first apple plantations in the country. It was here in Kotgarh in 1916 that Samuel Stokes, a social worker from Philadelphia, brought the first apple saplings, the place he adopted as his home.The hill station has an impressive rest house built in the traditional pahari style overlooking the Sutlej valley. 

Places to visit near Thanedar:-

Tani Jubbar Lake:  Beautiful lake surrounded by dense apple orchards & adjoining a Nagdevta temple. This lake is approximately 500 feet above the road level. 

Hatu Peak: Hatu Peak and Hatu Mata Mandir are situated near Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh. Hatu Mandir is on the top of the Hatu Peak. Hatu Peak gives a panoramic view of the snowcapped Himalayan ranges

Barobag : It is the highest point in Thanedar. Flanked by the Shilajan Peak, it offers stunning views of the snow-capped mountains to the North.

St. Mary’s Church : This is one of the oldest churches in India built in 1843. Located 6 km from the town, it is a beautiful wooden church with its old graveyard stands as a reminder to a bygone era. 

Arya Samaj Mandir : This is a Pahari style temple built by Stokes. Situated amidst of picturesque apple orchards of Thanedar, the temple is surrounded by inscriptions from the Upanishads and Bhagvad Gita.