With sweltering summers almost knocking at your doors, the wandering part of your soul is urging you to go places and explore the unexplored in the upcoming months. Different from your usual choice, this summer, let's take you to the apple orchards of India. Well, we are all aware of the fact that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, hence, this summer, an apple picking tour across India, can be quite a fulfilling idea.
These apple orchard destinations of India are not just all about fruits. These destinations are the perfect mix of adventure, healthy living, romance, scenic beauty and peace. Rare but true, the best escape from the city lights this summer is to take refuge in the laps of apple farms in the Himachal. While the Sangla valley in Kinnaur district leaves you breathless with its charming beauty, Kotgarh apple orchards will never let you down with its sweetness; 'In the apples and of course the locals.' Well, if you would want to save your perseverance because July to October is the best month to take a dip into the apple bowl India. You can visit these best apple-picking destinations by booking flight at EaseMyTrip.
Let us find out what's interesting in these apple farms.
Kullu is famous for its magnificent views that isa vast valley situated in Himachal Pradesh. The elevation above sea level and the river Beas takes all the credit for the large Deodar trees and the lounge of apple orchards. Naggar and Jana are amongst the many villages in Kullu which are rich in apple production. The weather and the people make the apple picking activity a fun when you set your feet to perform the activity. `
Imagine waking up to the view of high peaks, cold breeze and the fragrance of apples. Wouldn't you call it a perfect morning? Situated in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh, Kinnaur is 235 kilometres away from Shimla and shares borders with Tibet. Kalpa and Chinni are amongst the remote villages in Kinnaur that enjoys long periods of winter and short summers due to its elevation, which is also the reason for its juicy and long-lasting apples and another type of vegetation.
Why are the apples in Kinnaur the way they are? Long winters help the land to stay at sub-zero temperatures for an extended period. It helps in nourishing the soil, making it perfect for the apples to grow a thick skin, juicy pulp, and prolonged life.
The thick forest covers and the alluring orchards of Kotgarh are famous worldwide. Kotgarh, the apple bowl of India had a remarkable history since the inception of apple cultivation in the 1900s. Samuel Stokes, a missionary worker had come to Kotgarh from Philadelphia, the USA in 1916, and was mesmerized with the beauty of the place. He, later on, changed his name to Satyanand Stokes and settled down there and helped the locals to understand the science of apples, cultivate it and improve the production. Once, amongst the places below the poverty line in India, is one of the wealthiest areas in The Himachal.
St. Mary's Church, MailanDevta Temple, TaniJubbar lake and The Hattu Temple are among some of the places that you can visit when you are not apple picking.
A small town located in Shimla district in Himachal Pradesh, Narkanda is a stunningly beautiful skiing destination of India. The apples here are fresh and juicy with vibrant colour. It is a one-day trip from Shimla. Other than skiing and apple picking, Narkanda is embellished with both natural and man-made beauties.
So, when you are not apple picking you can visit the Hatu Temple, believed to be the place where, during the Mahabharata period Pandavas cooked their meals. Famously known as BheemJhula, the two heart stones are still found near the temple.Additionally, you can visit one of the most offbeat tourist places in India - the TanniJubbarlake. This place is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for nature photographers.
Parwanoo is situated in Solan, Himachal Pradesh. It is famous for one of the biggest apple wholesale markets or Mandi. It has a very dense fir and pine forest, and due to its weather, apple farming is also a primary activity. If you are travelling to Parwanoo, you must visit the apple orchards to have an essence of fulfillment. The fragrance of the apples can be felt from far away even before entering the farms. It is one of the must-visit places for apple picking.
Visiting these gorgeous and refreshing apple orchards of India, not just fulfills your urge to have some delectable fruits directly from the tree, but also promotes the ever growing fruit industry of India - the agro-tourism. So, if you are planning to get rid of the scorching summer and plan a healthy diversified holiday, head to the apple orchards in the Himalayasby booking flight at EaseMyTrip and enjoy the fruits of your labour.