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Kinnaur’s Royal Apple Orchard Tours

Kalpa village during apple season

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, an ‘Apple orchard once in India’ means ‘Kinnaur all the way’. In the lap of blue skies and hills that are enchanted with an awesome view and the famous Kinnauri Apple, one will find tranquility here. The high altitudes of Kinnaur ranging from 2,320 mts to 6,816 mts, are a haven for Mountaineers & Fruiters.

AppleKinnaur is the northeast district of Himachal Pradesh, located about 235 kms from Shimla. Surrounded by the Tibet to the east, the region has a harmonious mix of the Buddhists and Hindus keeping the multicultural values of India alive. Places like Sangla & Kalpa are famous for the apple production. Kalpa is one of the biggest and beautiful villages of Kinnaur where river Sutlej flows through its scenic valleys.  The picturesque Sangla Valley known for rich tribal culture and traditions is perfect for a camp-night under the stars.

Stokes was the mad behind bringing the ‘Apple Revolution’ in Himachal. Explore these beautiful apple growing villages tucked in the western Himalayas.

Must Do: Walk through the Apple Orchards of Kotgarh & Thanedar (origin of apple farms in Himachal) 80 kms from Shimla

Must See: Bhimkali temple in Sarahan, 90 kms from Kalpa. The temple is a rare combination of Bhuddhist and Hindu architecture which is approx 200 years old

Best Season: March – September

Recommended Programme:

Delhi – Shimla – Thanedhar – Sangla – Chitkul – Kalpa – Sarahan – Chandigarh – Delhi


Some Soothing Spring Holiday Destinations in India

Exotic India can best be discovered in the spring season just before the scorching summer start spreading its ferocity. The country offers virtually everything from scenic ravines and hill stations to beautiful meadows and lush green wildlife sanctuaries that can rock your spring vacations. The spring season is almost here and we can suggest some of the must-visit destinations that can really spice up your trip to India during this time. These are:


Himachal Pradesh: This northern state of India boasts some of the most picturesque and happening hill stations and mountain passes around the world. The best of them are Shimla and Kullu-Manali. Another fairyland landscape in the state is Dharamshala, which is popular worldwide for its Buddhist culture and utter serenity.

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Ladakh: Another mesmerizing hill station that will jazz up your springs expedition in India is Ladakh. The place dishes up host of wonderful trek routes and enthralling lunar landscapes. A true delight for nature lovers, Ladakh offers some exciting pastures and passes, such as Brandy Nala Trek, Markha Valley, The Apricot Valley, Zanskar Valley, to mention a few.

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The Golden Triangle: After having a striking sojourn at hill stations of North India, you can head on to bask in the rich cultural heritage in what is popularly tagged as ‘The Golden Triangle’ of India. The Triangle comprises of historic cities of Agra, Delhi and Jaipur, all are highly-venerated for their opulent cultural and historic sites. Delhi, the capital city of India, is the melting pot of diverse cultures, and houses slew of notable buildings and eye-catching sites. Agra epitomizes the imposing combination of Mughal and Indian architecture, with the Taj Mahal standing at the forefront of all. Another historic site in the line is Jaipur, popularly known as ‘The Pink City’, is home to sumptuous palaces and forts.

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Goa: The place that can offer you a wholesome holiday package this spring is the Western Indian state of Goa. This premier beach destination of India is cherished world-over for its absorbing beach trance parties. This perennially vibrant beach city is at its visual best during spring season when the Goa Carnival is in its full swing.

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