Kotgarh and Thanedhar, located at an elevation of 1830 m above sea level, at a distance of 17 km from Narkanda, are two renowned tourist destinations in the state of Himachal Pradesh. While Kotgarh, located on the left bank of River Sutlej, is an ancient valley famous for its U shape, Thanedhar is popular for its apple orchards.
Visitors can enjoy the spectacular view of the Kullu Valley and the snow covered mountains of the mighty Himalayas from the Kotgarh Valley. The famous writer Rudyard Kipling, in one of his short story named ‘Lispeth’, called Kotgarh the “Mistress of the Northern Hills”.
The two places are regarded as the greenest valleys of Narkanda because of their large apple farms and orchards. The famous Stokes Farm; initiated by Samuel Stokes, an American who, deeply influenced by Indian philosophy, came to India in 1904, is also located here in Thanedhar.
The apples of the Stokes Farm include varieties such as the Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Royal Delicious apples which are known in the international market for their freshness and taste.