Overview

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 c

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 1
Departure
Departure at 9Pm from ISBT Kashmiri Gate (Delhi)

Overnight Journey From ISBT to Shimla (8* Hours) Shimla to Kotgarh (3* Hours)

Day 2
Checkin
Relax & Chill

Fall in love with cottage and the people. Relax, take a hot water shower, enjoy dal chawal, Drinks & Bonfire at Night

Day 3
Temple and Trek
Hiking

Visit the Famous Hatu temple, A small Trek to Hatu Peak. Lunch at a local Dhaba and Chai with lots of Sugar in it. Drinks at Night Bonfire

Day 4
Goodbyee
Facebook Friend Requests

After Brunch, Pack your and bags say goodbye to Elsa (Dog) at the cottage. Reach Shimla, evening stroll at Mall Road, Shopping, Dinner and Departure from Shimla

Inclusions
  • Volvo Tickets (Delhi - Delhi)
  • 7 Meals
  • 2 Nights 3 days Deodar Cottage
Exclusions
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.
FAQs
Bus type ?

Volvo HRTC, Himsuta

Bus Journey ?

8 Hours Delhi - Shimla, 3 Hours Shimla - Kotgarh

Wheather ?

10 - 15 Degrees in day time 5 - 10 Degrees at Night

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
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.

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