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Kotgarh in Narkanda

·  Summer: March-June (8°C - 20°C)
·  Winter: October-February (-10°C - 10°C)
·  Monsoon: July-September

Best time to visit:  Throughout the year

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Fondly called the land of apples, Kotgarh with its exquisite beauty and serene atmosphere rests in a U-shaped valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The place came into limelight, when Samuel Stokes, an American missionary who later adopted the name Satyanand Stokes, took the responsibility to convert it into an apple goldmine. Today, the limitless expanse of apple orchards at Kotgarh produces huge quantities of apples that are exported across the world.
The apple blossoms, along with apricot plantations, adorn the whole place with vividness. Breathtaking mountain views, meandering River Sutlej, terraced fields and the English-style bungalows emerging out from lavish green landscapes add to the place’s splendour.
Nature lovers looking for a rewarding break find heart-warming shelter at Kotgarh. A number of short trekking trails help the visitors live their adventure fantasies. In the close proximity are many attractions in the form of meadows, lakes and temples.

Road: National Highway 22 connecting Kotgarh with Shimla is the most convenient road route to reach this beautiful valley. The hill road journey is extremely scenic and sets the mood right for exploring the charming destination. Congestion and narrow road patches may extend the expected trip time.

Railway: Shimla Railway Station on narrow gauge is the closest rail access point (about 77 km. away). The closest broad gauge railway station is at Kalka which is about 166 km. away. Taxis should be hired from these stations to reach the destination.

Airway: Shimla’s Airport at Jubbathatti is about 96 km. from Kotgarh and offers good domestic air connectivity. From the airport, you must hire a taxi to directly reach the place.