In March and April the orchards are full of flowers. and the air carries the sweet scent of apples, peaches and pears. The monsoons are short but winters dip to -5 degrees.
What to see
Located in Sirmur district of Himachal Pradesh, Rajgarh is well know as the peach valley. The Shimla route from Delhi takes you to a right from the Shimla Solan highway 40 kms to Rajgarh. Far away from the bustling tourist activity of Shimla and Solan, Rajgarh winds past the pine and deodhar trees and small markets with shops selling all the daily needs. The trees with lots of pink flowers promises the name the name given to the place peach valley. There are many adventure camps set up in the forests where one can book a stay. There are many adventure activities here like rock climbing, rappeling, hikes etc. Its picnic time to have a small bonfire by the river Giri. The grilled food are arranged by the camp people and mushrooms are sprouted locally. Around an hour or more drive takes you to Gurudwara Baru Sahib on the banks of river Giri. It is also called the valley of divine peace.
Nohradhar is the base for trekkers to Churdhar peak where Shiva's descendent lives. Haripurdhar has a famous temple dedicated to Bhangyani devi. In between Solan and Rajgarh is the Bon monastery Yung Drung Ling which is believed to the second oldest in the world after the one in Tibet.
Habban Valley is an enchanting destination and the area has thick pine fir, kail, baan and deodar forests besides orchards of apples and peaches. The climate is pleasant round the year and in winter, Habban occasionally has snow. Habban is about 70 km from Solan via Yashwant Nagar and Rajgarh.
The Bhuira jam has its packing zone a few kms away from Rajgarh. Started by Linnet Mushran is named after the village where she has orchards. Jams of strawberry, peaches, cherries, apple etc are freshly packed here by over 100 village women. The small unit is functional only when fresh fruits are available.