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Seetalvan Orchard

Kotgarh-Thanedar, Himachal Pradesh

Seetalvan Orchard is located in the village of Kotgarh-Thanedar, about 2.5 hours by car and 80km north of Shimla. The nearest urban centre is the town of Narkanda, which is 13km away.

This is apple country and a simply stunning part of eastern Himachal Pradesh.

How to get there:

By air:
Chandigarh Airport is the nearest airport, with domestic flights arriving from Mumbai and Delhi. From here you can drive the 200km to Seetalvan but it will take a long time. A stop-off at either 7 Pines in Kasauli or Sunnymead in Shimla is recommended.
If you’re coming from overseas then fly first to Delhi and then drive. You can also fly to Chandigarh after Delhi and then drive from there if you wish, though it may just complicate matters.

By rail:
The nearest broad gauge railway station is at Kalka and it’s fairly easy to connect here from Delhi or Mumbai. From Kalka you can drive or continue to Shimla via the mountain ‘toy train’, which is not fast but a good experience.

By road:
From Shimla hire a driver or ask Seetalvan to collect you. If you’re driving yourself then highway 22 from Chandigarh will take you most of the way, and via Shimla if you’re stopping off there. At Narkanda, leave the NH22 and head north on the Thanedar road for the rest of the way, until forking off to the left once you see the sign for the Kotgarh-Thanedar road.


Distances & travel times:

airport: Chandigarh 200km / about 7 hrs

railway station:
Shimla 80km / 2.5 hrs
Kalka  170km / 5 hrs

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When to go:

Of course, summer or winter is a matter of preference but both are excellent times to visit this part of Himachal Pradesh.

In summer – March to June – when cities like Delhi and Chandigarh get really hot, it is very pleasant up here.

In the cold, winter months – November to February – after the heat and humidity of Mumbai in particular, there’s the fun of sitting by a warm fireplace, sheltered from the crisp cold outside, hopefully with snow outside.

All that aside, June to September’s rains also have their unique appeal as the forest becomes shrouded in mist.

Getting around:

The biggest attraction here is the chance to walk, hike, trek or stroll around the orchards and vicinity, but to get anywhere of note you will need a car or driver which the folks at Seetalvan can arrange.

Type Small guesthouse
Rooms 8
Children Yes
Closed Never (weather dependent)