Thanedar is a tiny hamlet famed as the fruit bowl of Himachal Pradesh because of its apples and they are used in the preparation of some of most appetizing apple wines, apple jams and apple pickles. It remains unspoilt by commercialism and an ideal hill station getaway for adventure activities like trekking and nature walks.


Historically, Thanedar was a sleepy village. Its association with apples began with the Samuel Stokes.
Stokes (1882-1946) was the scion of a wealthy Philadelphia family. He originally came to India in 1904 to work at a leprosy home near Solan (near Shimla). During his stay in India, he began experimenting with apple saplings he brought from America and was the leading force behind the apple industry in Himachal Pradesh.
Over time, th the young American became increasingly drawn towards Indian philosophy and culture. He married a Rajput girl, adopted an Indian name - Satyanand - and dedicated his life towards working with and helping the the local hill people in Thanedar.


Air: Jubbarhatti airport in Shimla is the nearest airport to Thanedar, which is at a distance of 94 km way. This airport has connecting flights from Delhi. International travelers can avail the facilities of Delhi International airport to travel to Jubbarhatti in Shimla. A taxi charges about Rs 2,000 from the Jubbarhatti airport to Thanedar.

Rail: Rail Nearest railhead to Thanedar is Kalka at a distance of 155 km. It is well connected to Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Howrah by regular express train services. Taxi fare from Kalka to Thanedar is about Rs 3000.

Road: HPTC runs regular bus services connecting Thanedar with other cities in Himachal Pradesh. Shimla is connected to Thanedar by tourist deluxe bus services as well. Deluxe bus fare from Shimla to Thanedar is about Rs 750.


Banjara Camp near Thanedar provides the convenient accommodation.

STD Code
Summer 15-24°C, Winter 0-12°C
Best time to visit
March - October