Himachal Pradesh is truly a paradise for travellers like me. I am always in search of those beautiful villages where I can spend a few days in solitude while I look for the secluded valleys and forests and enjoy the hospitality of the wonderful people. In short, I am looking for places that are often termed “offbeat” (though I believe offbeat has become quite a generic term now). Himachal has a number of such places, some of them quite close to the major tourist attractions of Shimla and Manali.
Kothkai is one such quaint town located quite close to Shimla, yet away from the maddening tourist crowd. This small town is known for its apple orchards. In fact, Kothkai is famous for the Ratnari Baghi Valley that has been associated to largest production when it comes to apples. Well, I had not known this fact before I visited the place. Apart from this, Kothkai is an immensely beautiful place offering a view of the picturesque valley of the Hatu Peak.