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Thanedar is at about 80 kms from Shimla on the old Hindustan - Tibet road. Nestled amidst acres of apple & cherry orchards that drape the mountain slopes in this region, is our mountain lodge - the Banjara Orchard Retreat. At an altitude of about 2350 M / 7700 ft, 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. The lodge offers rooms, family suites and independent log cabins; all with en suite facilities, 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.


03 Classic Rooms, 02 Retreat Rooms, 01 Apple Suite, 02 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. The Log huts have an attic/ loft which children (sometimes adults too) enjoy immensely.

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Banjara Camps at Thanedar in Narkanda, Himachal as a lot to offer. A beautiful view of the Narkanda valley from the Lodge garden is mesmerizing.

People & Culture

Just a few kilometers for the busy Shimla, lies Banjara Camps. Visit local village & hamlets and meet hospitable residents. Know their rich cultural background.

Fruit Bowl of India

Himachal Pradesh is known as Fruit Bowl of India. Thanedar offers many fruit orchards which is all along the road side. Orchards of pear, cherry, almond, apple, peach plum, walnut and few more make Thanedar a major contributor to the India’s fruit basket.

How to Reach

From Shimla you take NH 22 via Kufri to Narkanda(64 kms). At Narkanda, you leave NH 22 and get on to the Narkanda-Thanedar-Bithal road.

Thanedhar is 15 kms down the road and the Banjara Orchard Retreat is 1 km short of the Thanedar Bazar. A signboard of the Retreat greets you at the turn off. The same road carries on to meet the Shimla-Sangla highway (NH 22) at Bithal, which is 21 km from the Retreat.

Things to see & do

Tani - Jubbar Lake

This tiny, but crystal clear lake is a 6 km / 20 min drive from the retreat. It has a quaint Nag-Devta temple on its shore.

Hatu Peak

At about 11000 ft this is the highest point in the region and offers panoramic 360 ° views of valleys stretching into the horizon to a backdrop of snow capped mountain ranges. You can drive up to the peak or even do a beautiful hike through thickly forested mountainside to reach here.

St. Mary's Church

Built in 1872; this pretty little church in Kotgarh is one of the oldest in India. From the retreat It is an enjoyable 45 min downhill hike through Apple Orchards.

Paramjyotir Temple

Built by the American Missionary, Samuel Evans Stokes in Pahari style, this beautiful temple is just a km away from the retreat.

Saroga Forest

This stretch of forest abounds in rare Himalayan flora and is ideal for an early morning walk.

Shila Jan Ridge

The ramble to this ridge would make any good hiker’s day.

Bhimakali Temple - Sarahan

A day excursion of about 7 hrs totally, the ancient Bhimakali Temple set against the backdrop of the mighty Shrikhand Mahadev Peak is indeed an awesome spectacle.


We have a bonfire pretty much every evening (except when it rains)