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With Apple Season Knocking at the Door-Plan Your Orchard Tour at these Places in North India


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Rolling hills, winding roads, pine forests and trees laden with apples, oranges and other fruits set the scenery at Peora, a tiny Hamlet of Uttarakhand. Lying in the cradle of the mighty Himalayas, the small village is laden with bountiful apple and apricot orchards and is very close to Mukteswar and Almora.

Photos of Peora, Uttarakhand, India 1/1 by Arpita Mukherjee

Where to Stay?

The Orchards At Peora: A Luxury FarmHouse designed by a renowned Italian architect in a Tuscany style.The verandas and balconies are perfectly positioned to maximise the sweeping vistas of valleys, hills and the majestic Himalayas. The services offered is highly focused on sustainability starting from Alpine grade water from natural spring available for drinking to Solar power for water heating. The food served is also purely organic and straight from it's garden.

Official Website: www.the-orchard.in/

Photos of  1/1 by Arpita Mukherjee


Dakbunglow At Peora: An old British inspection bungalow built in 1905, with a stunning view of Nanda Devi and Trisul. After years of dilapidation, the bungalow was leased by Pradeep & Shubha from the District Board in 2005, and refurbished as a homestay. Its original architecture, walls, fireplaces, wooden ceilings and grand verandas were retained, offering an indulgence in colonial royalty, homely hospitality & panoramic Himalayan views.

Wake up to the chirps of the Blue Magpie - Take a lazy stroll in the nearby dense pine forests and fruit orchards - Have a nice chat with Mr. Pradeep, the Host while sipping his home-made fruit wine - End the day with gazing at the fascinating night sky with myriad of stars and lights of the Almora town across the valley.

Mailto: untravel@indiauntravelled.com to book the Bunglow

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Resort Sequester: It is a also a good option with its four spacious, decked up studio apartments which are fully equipped with modern gadgets and amenties. Lies on the slope of hill facing the valley, with its orchards of fruit bearing trees of apple, apricot.

Address: Peora. , Mukteshwar – Almora Road, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263139, India

Phone: +91 98719 98408

Just 10 km south of Ranikhet are the famous fruit-laden orchards of Chaubatia, perched at an altitude of 1800 m and sprawls over 600 acres of land. It boasts of more than 200 exotic varieties of fruits and flowers.. These orchards are known for delicious apples of several exclusive varieties, apricots, peaches and various other alpine fruits. These can be directly procured from the growers themselves. There is also a state-run Fruit Research Centre. Situated nearby is Bhalu Dam in the background of a beautiful lake created by this dam, which attracts tourists round the year.

Chaubatia with its serene environment and natural beauty is an excellent place for a picnic with the family. Along with this, the surroundings of this place provides panoramic views of the snow clad mountain peaks of Himalayas, as well as Nanda Devi Temple, Trishul, Nandaghunti, and Nilkanth.

Where to Stay?

The place is very close to Ranikhet. Hence, you can opt for a night stay at Ranikhet which is having plenty of Accommodations being a popular tourist destination.

Photos of Chaubatia, Uttarakhand, India 1/1 by Arpita Mukherjee

Known as the "Fruit Bowl of Kumaon" owing to its verdant orchards of Peach, Apricots, Pears & Apples, the small hilly town is very near to Peora and visited by few people.

Where to Stay?

The Ramgarh Bungalows:

This Neemrana property have three Units under the Ramgargh Bungalows - Old/Vista Bungalows, Ashok Vatika and Writer's Bungalows. The 18th century Bungalows are blessed with their own fruit orchards that consist of a variety of peach, apricot, plum, pear, and apple trees. Re-live your childhood as you pluck these off the trees and munch in season from summer to autumn.

Photos of Ramgarh, Uttarakhand, India 1/1 by Arpita Mukherjee

Official Website: http://the-ramgarh-bungalows.neemranahotels.com/

The picturesque Sangla Valley in the Kinnaur with its bountiful Apple Orchards is known for rich tribal culture and traditions. There is a local tradition to welcome the guests with a garland of dry fruits and a round Kinnauri cap with green flap. It's also known for legally brewing two popular drinks, 'angoori' and 'ghanti'.

Where to Stay:

Rattan Cottage:A hidden-rural homestay in the picturesque Sangla Valley in Kinnaur district some 275 km from Shimla. The host also participates in the apple fest to showcase his orchard.

Address: Village & P.O. Sangla, Tehsil Sangla ,District Kinnaur

Phone: 0-098052536

Photos of Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India 1/1 by Arpita Mukherjee

In Himachal, Overall Apple plucking season starts around Shimla (Thanedar, Rohru and Kotkhai) in July - August and ends by August.

Where to Stay?

Hattu Valley Guest House:The guest house stands at about 800 downhill from Narkanda amidst Jungle and Apple Orchards far away from the hustle and bustle of the Shimla Town. Narkanda to Shimla is about 60Kms.

One can also plan for Kalpa in October to witness apples in the orchards.

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