Sirmaur – The Peach Valley
On the map of India, Sirmaur is situated in the Shivalik range of outer Himalayas. The boundaries of Sirmaur touch Shimla, Solan, Punjab, Haryana and Uttrakhand. Nestled in the south-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh, Sirmaur has etched its place as the ‘The Peach Valley’ of India. The rural region is mountainous zone dominated by the mighty Himalayan Range. The garland of lofty mountains encompassing the lush green valleys and meadows with gurgling streams are every tourists dream destination.
Fruit cultivation is the major cash crop of Himachal Pradesh and a means of livelihood for the rural settlers. With the changing time and contemporary form of tourism, Sirmaur has started drawing revenues from tourism sector as well. The hunger to discover the unknown gems hidden in remote India has driven tourists to Sirmaur. In the heart of Sirmaur lies Rajgarh which is enticing holidaymakers to plan their next vacation here.
So far, only Shimla and Sangla got all the attention for their apple orchard. Of late, Rajgarh has earned its title as ‘The Peach Bowl of India’. A town in Sirmaur district of Princely State – Himachal Pradesh, Rajgarh is widely becoming famous for its vast peach orchards that single-handedly have a turnover of Rs. 4 crores from peaches alone. About 1,604 hectares of total area is covered with peach orchards by Rajgarh in Himachal Pradesh. Out of 810 square km of the total geographical area of Rajgarh, about 30 per cent alone is forested area making Sirmaur one of the greenest belts in Himachal Pradesh.
Places to see in Sirmaur
Apart from the beautiful peach orchard, Sirmaur has bounty of nature. You would get lost in the clear blue sky hanging over the edgy mountains. The reflection of the rolling hills in the lake will leave you awe-struck. While you are there, you can check out Renuka Lake and Churdhar Trek. Renukaji Lake has a spiritual value attached and is also famous for gaming sanctuary. Churdhar Trek will be an enthralling experience as it is one of the highest peaks in Sirmaur. The rocky trail leads to a holy spot which is believed to be the place of Lord Shiva.
How to reach Rajgarh, Sirmaur
By Air – Sirmaur does not have its own airport. The nearest airport to Sirmaur is Chandigarh. It takes about three hours to cover 115 km. by road on NH7 to reach Rajgarh from Chandigarh. Another option is to land at Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. This route will take approximately two hours via Paonta Sahib to cover 85 km.
By Train – The nearest railway station to Sirmaur is Dehradun (DDN) about 61 km from Sirmaur; or Kalka (KLK) about 60 kms from Sirmaur or Jagadhri (JUD) about 53 kms from Sirmaur. It would take approximately an hour to reach Rajgarh from these railway stations.
Best time to visit
Sirmaur does not experience bitter cold even in the winter months. The minimum temperature dips to as low as 5 degree Celsius and the maximum temperature rise to 40 degree Celsius. Summer months are pleasant but can be hot at times. Winters months are bearably cold.