1. Nice small hotel with green lawn
2. Nice village walk is available from the hotel back gate and you will reach a very small temple
3. Food is very average s per the package cost
4. Rooms are old but spacious
5. Garden facing room is the best room
6. It has a nice lawn with barbeque facility
7. Small shops outside the hotel
8. You will not see Apple if you visit late September or October
9. You can visit a small lake nearby
10. Rooms don't TV
11. Toilets are very big and clean with geyser and toiletries
12. The restaurant has a good view and has a very good collection of honey, jam, and pickle
13. Room service is average
Price : Very high compared to facilities(Food and stay). Extra charges for kids but no transparency on terms and conditions. Be careful as you might need to spend out of budget expenses.
Location : Excellent, however, Shoja is a much better place compared to Thanadar
Missing : 1. wifi or internet service 2. in room tea/coffee arrangement 3. in room phone to order food, connect to reception or to another room 4. proper direction in between roads to reach that place, be careful and try to talk to local people 5. poor in room heating system 6. only dinner is non-veg(insufficient amount) rest are veg meals 7. No television
Staff : helpful with luggage and in between requirements
As we were nearing this place almost exhausted after a 4hrs car drive from Chail,it was almost dark with hardly any habitations on our way around.
Was wandering about the existence of such a cosy resort as heard from our friends,when google voice announced our arrival at destination and we noticed one stout built person waiving at us standing all alone in dark.
Later identified as Mr Attar Sharma,this man immediately summoned few boys who surfaced from beneath placed sprawling resort compound to carry our luggage, while he accompanied us to a lovely cosy sitting room amidst open resort compound under starlit sky with 180° wide open valley in front...lights from far off hilly habitations started blinking by this time,one by one.
Lovely greeneries around,sincere 5 star hospitality with a humane face,immaculate mannerism,too-eager-to-attend-to-guest-calls attitude of all staffs,excellent dining hall ambience,delicious cuisine served in choicest cutlery:all went to win our heart and made our stay at this orchard retreat truely a memorable one.
Yes,a recommendable retreat,worth spending a break.
Should never finish without special mention about this person Attar Sharma:a well-articulated personality with a vigilent and quick response aptitude,a great managerial quality indeed.
It reminds me losing my cellphone, only to be discovered after reaching Tirthan Valley Riverfront Farmstay from Banjara.
After getting informed,Mr Sharma was quick enough to intervene,repeatedly communicated with concerned driver from Thanedhar and us and singlehandedly ensured my phone back to it's custodian.
Such is his involvement in his workplace!!
This was my second time stay at Banjara Orchard Retreat in less than a year. Both the times the stay has been beyond expectations. It was a great pleasure to hear Mr Thakur narrate the story of how the tiny village of Thanedar turned Himachal Pradesh into India's 'Apple State' by Samuel Evans Stokes of Philadelphia, who arrived in India in 1904 on a spiritual quest. I even got an opportunity to visit his apple orchards during the apple harvesting season.
Now coming back to the property, it's a beautiful 12-13 rooms property on a hilltop overlooking the valley. The views are to die for. And, the only thing as grand as the views is the service. The food is home-cooked and delicious. I really enjoyed the apple chutney made in-house from home-grown apples. I stayed in a suite made up of wood and brick. The interiors are very soothing and warm. We always had long rounds of conversation either around the bonfire or the gazeebo. The dining area is a fantastic place to have conversations too.
This modest property is responsible for developing tourism in the area and the best part is the genuineness of the staff. You never feel you are away from home.
If you are looking for a place to spend some quality peaceful time amidst nature, I highly recommend it.
Reaching Thanedar isn't difficult too. You can take a night bus from Delhi ISBT and then it takes approx three hours by road to reach Thanedar.
The property is located overlooking the valley and the hills around. We visited in May and we could see snow covered Himalayan peaks at a distance. The property belongs to someone and Banjara Camps is managing the same. The rooms and other facilities are located a few steps down from the main road where vehicles can be parked. The property has arrangement for a few vehicles’ parking. Fortunately, the property is surrounded by few orchards growing various kinds of fruits (instead of other constructions) giving it a pleasing atmosphere.
The rooms are located at ground plus one level. The Deluxe rooms on level 1 give a view better than on the ground, though the view from rooms on ground level is also clear without any major obstruction.
Right in front of the steps leading down to the property from main road, dining room cum reception is located. The dining room with clear glass panels gives magnificent view of the valley and the hills around. For a better view, there is a binocular available.
Below the dining room, there are facilities for few indoor games.
Adjacent to the dining room, there is an open lawn with bon fire arrangement. The guests can relax and mingle with each other around the bon fire with their own drinks. This get together gives them an opportunity to chit chat and exchange notes of their experiences. Even though the property is small, best possible efforts have been made to create good landscaping/ gardening.
The deluxe room occupied by us (named Apricot) was good in size with one double bed and sofa and chair arrangement for sitting & relaxing. It also had a decent sized open to the sky balcony with chairs and table.
The quality of mattress, pillows, blankets (with extra blankets for heavy winter), linen was good, neat and clean.
The attached bathroom was also of good size with decent sized storage geyser (for hot water) and toiletries.
The property is under the supervision of Mr. Sharmaji as the Manager. Mr. Sharma was in contact over phone with us to ensure our smooth arrival and need for lunch, if any. Mr. Sharamaji and his team was always on their toes to attend to each and every need of the guests at all times. This proactive role played by the staff to look after guests’ comforts was experienced by us at all properties in Himachal Pradesh, including the property managed by HPTDC.
The breakfast and the meals were sumptuous, hot and delicious.