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, 01 Apple Suite room and 02 independent Log Cabins, all are fully furnished with attached bath and hot and cold water supply. All the rooms face the and Log huts have an attic/ loft which children (sometimes adults too) enjoy immensely.


  SGL  DBL  
SuiteRs. 7500Rs. 85002
Log CabinRs. 8900Rs. 99002
Classic RoomRs. 6000Rs. 70003
Retreat RoomsRs. 6500Rs. 75002
Apple SuiteRs. 8900Rs. 99001
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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.

Place to Visit Around

Tani - Jubbar Lake

This is tiny little lake is famous for ''Nag Devta'' temple built along the lake. The lake is 6 kms from the retreat.

Hattu Peak

15 kms away, at 11,000 ft, this peak offers a panoramic view of the snowline.

St.Mary''s Church

Built in 1872; this church at Kotgarh is one of the oldest churches in India.

Parmjyotir Temple

Built by Stokes in the Pahari style, the temple is 1 km away from the retreat.

Saroga Forest

Ideal for a refreshing early morning walk

Shila Jan Ridge

For a good hiker, a hike to this ridge makes for a fantastic day.


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

Bhimakali Temple

Day excursion to this temple in Sarahan (3.5 hrs drive one way)


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