Overview

Relax - Rejuvenate- Unwind - & Everything beyond ! Such fancy terms but yet falls short to describe the beauty and richness of a small village which remains hugely unexplored. Kotgarh is beautiful valley at an elevation of 7,000 feet overlooking the Satluj River and snow clad sub Himalayan Ranges which consist of the Himachal Pir Panjals and the Baspa Ranges. The place is famous for its Apple and Cherry orchards. Rudyard Kipling anointed Kotgarh as “The Mistress of the Northern Hills” in his short story, Lispeth. Kotgarh-a rural idyll remains strongly evocative in an era when tranquility and peace is rare. A veritable mélange of pine, fir and spruce forest welcome you with open arms. The fragrance from fields of apple, cherry and myriad stone fruits produced in the valley is not only invigorating, but can be enriching experience for life. Majestic view of cobalt blue sky-a rarity in the age climate change-ameliorated by the tinge of orange is like a painter colauge, to be admired. Humans and environment is still living in harmony at Kotgarh- a rarity in 21th century. This village is 80 kilometres from Shimla on the old Hindustan Tibet Road. The Road bifurcates from the National Highway 22 at Narkanda toward Kotgarh. This scenic valley offers a marvellous panorama of mountain range, the far ones being snow clad and the near ones being covered with thick deodar trees. In the lower portion of the valley flows the river Sutlej. The area is dotted with huge apple plantations and farmhouses amidst the terraced fields. There are lot of short walks through the forests and apple orchards. History In 1815, Kotgarh became a British territory after the Gurkhas were defeated by the Britishers. The Britishers were impressed by the location, and beauty of the valley. The British encouraged missionary work in the area. You can find the impact of British rule here. Kotgarh is also an ideal holiday location in the Himachal Himalayas. It was in 1916 that an American missionary from Philadelphia, USA, by the name of Samuel Evan stokes visited this place. He had initially come for spreading the teachings of Christianity, but he was so allured by the people and beauty of the area that he decided to settle here permanently. He married a local girl, by the name of Agnes Benjamin. He converted into a Hindu and renamed himself Satyananda Stokes. The descendants of Satyanand Nand stokes still live in Kotgarh. Satyananda Stokes planted the first commercial apple farm of the area, with plants imported from the famous Stark Apple Nursery growers of Louisiana. As he was a great social worker, he encouraged the local farmers to grow apples in their fields. It’s been 100 years since he propagated the first apple trees here, which still reap rich harvest, and the valley is one of the wealthiest in the Himalayas. People have always asked me what they can see and do in Kotgarh. Well it’s one place with wonderful mountain vibes that you can just spent the day just around or in your homestay or just wonder around the village roads. The Satlej river flows at the lowest part of the valley and you have the snow clad Pir Panjals and Baspa ranges in the background. The apple, cherry orchards and dense green forests offer you with abundant walks. But have made a list of places that deserve a visit during your stay here. Gorton Mission church. Kotgarh in the eighteenth century was a popular vacation spot for the missionaries from the plains. The Church missionary society (CMS) in 1844 opened its first centres at Kotgarh. The church was built in 1872. It is not a very tall structure an apse and a tower bell. The front window has a picture of Christ. Its is a simple and an austere exteriors, which mixes with the wild countryside. It now has an apple orchard in its backyard. Alongside there is also a school known as Gorton. From a mere 13 boys and 2 girls in 1886, It has a strength of around three hundred students now. Tani Jubbar Eco park. It’s one holy lake which fields an important local deity. It’s a picturesque location which is surrounded by dense green deodar trees. The place has been extensively used fro movie shootings recently. From the top you can view the snow covered Baspa ranges. Hatu top and Jaubagh Meadows. It’s no where near a huge mountain peak, but yes it’s one of the highest near Shimla. It is the home of a local deity, which has it’s houses in a beautiful temple on the top. The top is a meadow ground at an altitude of 10,500 feet. The area is surrounded by forests of Deodar, Oak and yes you may find a few maple peaks. The view from the top is an all round one. You can view the snow clad Pir Panjal, the Baspa ranges and the Uttrakhand Himalayas. The peak of Swarag Rohini is the most prominent from here. Just a fifteen minutes walk from here you will reach the meadow of Jaubagh. There are several trekking routes which you take you to the top of Hatu. There is also a road which goes to the top. A perfect itinerary for visiting Kotgarh, which we have usually have for our guests. Special attention dog lovers!!!! A cute dog is waiting to welcome you at the cottage

Itinerary

  • Day 0 & Day 1 Departure

    Evening Volvo Delhi - Shimla | 8hrs

    Aug 11 – Day 0 – Overnight Journey From ISBT to Shimla in HRTC Volvo (8* Hours) Shimla to Kotgarh (3* Hours) Aug 12 – Day 1 – Reach Shimla next morning (6:30am). We board a private Tempo Traveller and leave for Kotgarh (Breakfast on the way around 8:30am). The drive will take you though dense forests, apple and cherry orchards. The town of Narkanda falls on the way. Reach our homestay by afternoon. Check into your room, rest a while and get fresh. In the evening we we will take a walk though a hundred years old heritage. The trial will take us through villages, apple orchards and dense forests. We will also visit the Kotgarh church and gorton school.

  • Day 02 - Hatu Peak

    Hike Day

    Aug 13 – Get up to a wonderful morning in the homestay, which is located amidst an orchard of cherry and apples, with a straight view of the snow clad Baspa ranges. After breakfast, we drive towards the base of Hatu. Those who want to trek up the mountain can do that too. As we will be sending the vehicle on top to get us back, those who don’t want to walk can drive up. It’s a choice as it’s a 1 hour walk to the top and the trail goes tough dense forests of Oak and Deodar. Once on the top we can enjoy the majestic views and click some photographs of the mountain views. We can walk to Jaubagh and spent some leisurely time there. In the evening we will be back to the homestay.

  • Day 03 - Walk

    Beautiful Drive

    Aug 14 – Get up to yet an another lovely morning. Today we will go for a morning walk with Alsa (Dog) to a clearing amidst a forest and apple orchards. We can spend some time here watching the picturesque view from here. Return to the homestay, pack your stuff and leave for Shimla. Evening walk on the famous mall road. Late evening Volvo back to Delhi. Aug 15 – Reach ISBT Delhi at 06:30 morning. Give us a hug and say goodbye 😉

Inclusions

  • HRTC Volvo (Delhi - Delhi)
  • Six Meals
  • Deodar Cottage (Kotgarh) for 2N 3D
  • One tour leader from team Jugni

Exclusions

  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

What To Pack & Carry

  • Prescribed Medicines
  • Currency in Cash (Network might not be great & ATMs generally are not working)
  • Original I'd Proof (Aadhar card / Voter I'd card / Passport / Driving Licence)
  • Oxygen Can
  • Woollen Clothing
  • Thermal wear
  • Ready to Eat foods
  • Postpaid Sim card (Airtel / BSNL / Jio) - Prepaid numbers don't work in Ladakh & Kashmir

Trip Highlights

  • Weekend Trip
  • Hatu Peak
  • Apple Trees
  • Serene Location
  • Beautiful Mountain Views
  • Few British Era Buildings
  • Cottage Like Home
  • A super Cute Dog

CANCELLATION POLICY

In the event of cancellation of tour / travel services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reason/s we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows:

  • Booking amount & Tickets:
  • (Non Refundable)
  • 60 days prior to arrival: 50% of the Tour / service cost
  • 45 days prior to arrival: 70% of the Tour / service cost
  • 30 days prior to arrival: No Refund

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Please be aware that during your participation in vacations operated by Jugni, certain risks and dangers may arise beyond our control, including but not limited to: the hazards of traveling in undeveloped areas; travel by boat, train, automobile, aircraft, or other means of transportation; forces of nature; political unrest; acts of lawlessness or terrorism; and accident or illness in remote regions without means of rapid evacuation or medical facilities. Jugni will not have liability regarding provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered. While Jugni will use its best efforts to ensure that adequate measures are taken, by agreeing to participate in a vacation and/or optional excursions you agree that you will hold Jugni harmless regarding any provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care rendered. Jugni is not responsible for such risks and dangers that may arise beyond our control. Payment of your deposit indicates you accept these risks and dangers and agree to hold Jugni harmless for the same.

SAFETY

Please be aware that during your participation in vacations operated by Jugni, certain risks and dangers may arise beyond our control, including but not limited to: the hazards of traveling in undeveloped areas; travel by boat, train, automobile, aircraft, or other means of transportation; forces of nature; political unrest; acts of lawlessness or terrorism; and accident or illness in remote regions without means of rapid evacuation or medical facilities. Jugni will not have liability regarding provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered. While Jugni will use its best efforts to ensure that adequate measures are taken, by agreeing to participate in a vacation and/or optional excursions you agree that you will hold Jugni harmless regarding any provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care rendered. Jugni is not responsible for such risks and dangers that may arise beyond our control. Payment of your deposit indicates you accept these risks and dangers and agree to hold Jugni harmless for the same.