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Your journey through the beautiful and lesser visited parts of the Himalayas starts here. You start your trip at Thanedar, which enjoys the distinction of being the place where India's first apple sapling was planted. The Banjara Orchard Retreat in Thanedar is a lovely eco-friendly getaway which is set amongst acres of apple and cherry orchards. You will visit the quaint Tani Jubbar Lake and enjoy panoramic views from Hattu Peak before heading off to Sojha.
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Your journey to Thanedar is about six to seven hours drive from Chandigarh. Thanedar is about 80 kms away from Shimla on the old Hindustan - Tibet road and is set at an altitude of about 2350 meters. 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. You can still see the 'Starking Delicious' apple orchard that he planted there. Overnight at the Banjara Orchard Retreat which is amist acres of apple and cherry orchards.
Start the day with a visit to the Tani Jubbar Lake (altitude of 2400m), famous for the Nag Devta (God of Snakes) temple which is built along the lake. The Hattu Peak at 3352m offers a panoramic view of the snowline of Shrikhand Mahadev mountains. You could also hike up to the Hattu peak instead of driving. Return to the lodge by the evening and enjoy the rest of the day by the bonfire.
After breakfast, drive for three hours to reach Sojha. You will driving over the hills from Shimla towards Kullu. This is a very picturesque drive and takes you through some of the lesser known regions of Himachal Pradesh. Cross over the Jalori pass and into Sojha village (2700m). Sojha is a small village at about 5 kms from the Jalori Pass that links the Shimla and Kullu districts. Sojha, located in Seraj Valley is known for its pristine and verdant forests which are densely populated with conifers and deodars. This is a nature lovers paradise and you should treat yourself to a walk in the meadows and the forest nearby.
Go on a 12 km hike to the beautiful Serolser lake. The trail will take you through thick Oak forests. Have your lunch near the crystal clear waters of the Lake. Return to the lodge and spend the evening around a bonfire.
Today is the last day of your Himalayan tour. Drive back to Chandigarh via Mandi and Bilaspur.
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