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Kotgarh, Himachal Pradesh

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Kotgarh is a village in the Kumarsain subdivision of Shimla district in Himachal Pradesh. It is 82 kilometres from Shimla and is known as India’s apple heartland. Before being incorporated into British India in 1815 and becoming a part of India in 1947, it served as the capital of the princely state of Kotkhai-Kotgarh. It is a quaint and picturesque town located on the old Hindustan-Tibet road. The American missionary Satyanand Stokes started the apple cultivation revolution in Himachal Pradesh by sowing the first apple seed in Kotgarh. The apples from this area are now famous all over the world and make up a big part of the state’s GDP. The region’s ability to preserve its pre-independence charm is one of its best features.

Nearby Places to See

Hatu Temple and Peak
The second-highest peak in Shimla district, Hatu, at about 3,400 metres, lies on the outskirts of the city. Tourists can visit the quaint town of Narkanda, which is situated atop the peak. The famous Hatu Temple is in Narkanda. It is dedicated to Hatu Mata, who is a form of Goddess Kali. The temple is a place of great reverence in the area. It is built in typical Himachali architecture and constructed entirely out of timber.
St. Mary’s Church & Gorton Mission School
This wooden church established in 1872 is one of the oldest churches in India. It retains the rustic and simple look even after being renovated. Many of the original components, such as the stained glass, are still visible. The institution was founded in 1843, making it one of the first missionary schools.
Derthu Mata Temple
This temple is located near Narkanda town, about 22 kilometres from Kotgarh. To get to the temple perched atop at 8500 feet, it takes another 10 kilometres of hiking after covering this distance.
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