A picturesque valley located at a distance of 80 km from Shimla, in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Thanedar is at an altitude of 7250 feet. Often referred to as the fruit bowl of Himachal Pradesh, Thanedar is famous for its apples. The climate here is very congenial for its cultivation.
In fact, Thanedar is among one of the first places that started cultivation of apples in India, when an Englishman, Samuel Stokes, who later became famous by the name Satyanand Stokes introduced them here. In tune with the foresight of Mr. Stokes, apples started growing here in abundance. Thanedars apples are used in preparing wines, jams and pickles.
Paramjyoti Stone Temple, affiliated to the Arya Samaj, built by Satyanand Stokes in true Pahari architectural style, is a major attraction here. The history of Thanedar is interlinked with that of the Stokes family. The ancestral Bungalow of Satyanand Stokes called Harmony House is on a nearby hillock, Barabog Hills, and attracts a lot of tourists. This three-storied Harmony Hall is made of stone, wood and slate. It is where Stokes experiments with apples began.
Barobag is the highest point in Thanedar and offers panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains. St Marys Church, Tani-Jubbar Lake, Koteshwar Mahadev Temple, Parmjyoti Temple and Hattu Peak are all places of tourists interest. The Narkandaski resort, an alpine styled one, attracts a lot of skiers; especially beginners for whom the slopes are easy to manoeuvre. It is only 16 km from Thanedar.
St. Marys Church at Thanedar is an old-fashioned wooden church with rich stained glass windows. The Tani - Jubber Lake is a beautiful lake lying between lush green slopes and apple orchards.
Banjara camp provides accommodation as well as many adventurous activities like trekking, nature walks and rock climbing. Thanedar can be reached by road from Shimla which is 80 km away.
The nearest railway station to Thanedar is Kalka at a distance of 155 km. The nearest airport is Jubbarhatti Airport near Shimla at a distance of 94 km. The months from March to October are the best times to visit Thanedar.