Banjara Orchard Retreat – Thanedar, Shimla District:
Thanedar is at about 80 kms from Shimla on the old Hindustan - Tibet road. Set at an altitude of about 7700 ft / 2350 M, from here unfolds a magnificent panorama of mountains. The farthest of them are cloaked in snow, others are deodar clad or draped in a soft blue haze. In a gorge, some 6,000 feet below and clearly visible to the naked eye, flows the River Sutlej. Thanedar & its surrounds enjoy a special place in Himachal history. In 1916 Samuel Stokes, a social worker from Philadelphia brought the first apple saplings to this place he had adopted as his home. One can still see the 'Starking Delicious' apple orchard that he planted there. Nestled amongst the acres of apple & cherry orchards that drape the mountain slopes in this region, is the Banjara Orchard Retreat - an eco-friendly getaway that will enchant nature lovers. There are fully furnished rooms, family suites and independent log cabins with attached baths and a well-equipped kitchen to cater to a variety of tastes. Mr. Prakash Thakur, the host, for whom the Orchard Retreat has been a labor of love, is also the resident expert on the history and culture of this little piece of paradise.
Best Time to Visit
The Banjara Orchard Retreat is open throughout the year (unless it snows heavily in Jan/ Feb. Temperatures vary with the seasons). May to September have pleasant days and cold nights while March- April & October- November has pleasant days and night temperature may dip to 2-3 degree centigrade. December- Feb can get very cold with good chance of snow fall early Jan onwards.
03 Classic room, 02 Retreat rooms, 02 Family Suites and 02 independent Log Cabins, all are fully furnished with attached bath and hot and cold water supply. All the rooms face the valley except for standard room. Standard room is good for single person or for a couple. It does not offer a valley view. Log huts have an attic/ loft which children (sometimes adults too) enjoy immensely.
|ACCOMMODATION||INR TARIFF(per room per night)||NO. OF UNITS|
| || SGL || DBL || |
|Suite||Rs. 6700||Rs. 7700||3|
|Log Cabin||Rs. 7500||Rs. 8500||2|
|Classic Room||Rs. 5500||Rs. 6500||3|
|Retreat Rooms||Rs. 6000||Rs. 7000||2|