KOTGARH Blog Posts

  • Vidya Stokes: I work harder than many half my age
    on Jul 27, 2014 in IN PRINT
    Source – www.gulfnews.com Vidya Stokes: I work harder than many half my age An active politician at 86, she works for 10-12 hours a day but has never taken a salary in her entire career   “We are in politics … Continue reading U...
  • The farmer of Kotgarh
    on Jun 21, 2014 in History Kotgarh satyanand stokes
    By SUSAN VISVANATHAN Feb 28 2014 The story of Samuel Evans aka Satyanand Stokes who brought new crops to Shimla. How I came across the farmer of Kotgarh is an interesting tale by itself. So bear me out before I … Continue reading →...
  • Places to stay in Kotgarh
    on Apr 13, 2014 in Kotgarh Hotels
    Seetalvan Orchard Seetalvan Orchard, nestled in the tiny village-town of Kotgarh-Thanedar,  invites its guests to share a stunning panorama of the majestic western Himalayas.  It offers charming newly-built cottages that are an ideal blend of warm...
  • Kotgarh – A Poem
    on Apr 12, 2014 in Poem Village poem
    -A poem by Erica Mehta Kotgarh is located on the left bank of Satluj river, The climate here will never make you shiver. The only lake in kotgarh is Tani Jubber, Hindus as well as Christians live here. Britishers built … Continue reading →...
  • Unexplored Weekend Getaways
    on Dec 21, 2013 in Kotgarh Thanedhar
    Jan 26, 2013 Hatu Peak near Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh This photo of Hatu Peak is courtesy of TripAdvisor NARKANDA, situated at an attitude of 2708 meters on the Hindustan Tibet road (NH – 22), Narkanda offers a spectacular view of snow …...
  • Top British Era Schools in Himachal
    on Dec 14, 2013 in History Kotgarh
    Read full article here 6. Gorton Mission School, Kotgarh Gorton Mission School in Kotgarh is claimed to be the oldest school in Asia. It was set up in 1843 by Christian Missionaries who had also built a church and hospital … Continue reading &#...
  • HISTORY of KOTGARH
    on Oct 21, 2013 in History Kotgarh church
    Originally called Sandoch and later Gurukot, little is known about its past before the Gurkhas came to world sway over the region during the early 19th century. The Gurkha rule ended in 1815 when British forces defeated Gurkha armies and … Cont...
  • Christianity In KotgarhOn 22nd February 1910, at the Cathedral Church of the Resurrection in Lahore, Bishop George Alfred Lefroy (1854-1922) inaugurated the Brotherhood of the Imitation of Jesus. Reverend Samuel Stokes (1882-1946), an American missionary, became the provis...
  • Samuel Evans Stokes (Satyanand Stokes)
    on Oct 7, 2013 in History Kotgarh satyanand stokes
    Kotgarh valley is famous for its world class quality apples. The apple cultivation of the place was initiated by Satyanand Stokes who was an American missionary. Samuel Evans Stokes, an American Missionary landed in Kotgarh in 1904 as a young …...
  • The Name KOTGARH : Root and Origin
    on Sep 30, 2013 in Kotgarh
    Source : http://www.unesco.org/most/p2vidal.htm Urban vocabulary in Northern India Excerpt form the study: 1.7. Defence was one of the major rationales for founding towns. This could be walled settlements: kot/kotla (S) or garh (H/Marathi). An army c...
  • A postcard from Kotgarh
    on Sep 29, 2013 in History Kotgarh Letter
    “This post card was written by my grand father in urdu which i found out later to a legal regd. notice for the recovery of loan .this was in 1904 and bears the postage stamp os king Edward who ruled … Continue reading →...
  • A Blast From The Past
    on Sep 23, 2013 in History Kotgarh
    A BLAST FROM THE PAST Reg letter – kotgarh – 1a QV perfin on 2a QV Registration Envelope 1902 Simla Registered to Kotgarh.
  • Starry Starry Night
    on Sep 16, 2013 in Kotgarh home Night Sky
    - Millie Vanjape Most people rarely stop to gaze up, to see the wonder of the night sky, except maybe to wish upon a star, every once in a while. The myth goes, that when bodies die, they die; but … Continue reading →...
  • Sadhu Sunder Singh
    on Sep 9, 2013 in History Kotgarh Christianity
    They called him the great Indian Seer, born in a Punjab village in 1889; of mixed Sikh and Hindu stock; his early dislike of Christianity resulted in a symbolic burning of the Bible; soon after followed a vision of Jesus … Continue reading U...
  • A foreigner and a freedom fighter
    on Sep 2, 2013 in History IN PRINT satyanand stokes
    Source: The Hindu | August 25, 2013 Raj Kanwar August 16 was the birth anniversary of the American who took part in India’s Independence struggle and gave Himachal Pradesh its signature apples. Raj Kanwar remembers Satyanand Stokes. Who was Sa...
  • Apple Growing Stages
    on Aug 31, 2013 in Apple apple
    It is fascinating to watch the growth of an apple from bud to mature fruit. Buds Dormant apple buds begin to swell in the early spring. The buds show a silver, fuzzy tissue then a green tip develops. This is … Continue reading →...
  • A Pahari Rhyme from Kotgarh Hills
    on Aug 28, 2013 in Poem poem
    From the archives - submitted by Avninder Thakur Endree tendree pankhi poli Tetha ka nikhlo Hinsru koli Hinsru koli ye phukre naal Tetha ka nikhlo doom chamar Doom chamare Khauto kaam Tetha ka nikhle saat daam Saata daame maiyen roopi … Continu...
  • The legend of Deota Melan or Chatur Mukh in Kotgarh
    on Aug 24, 2013 in History Kotgarh Village Culture Deota God
    Source : THE INDIAN ANTIQUARY VOL-54 (1925) Author: EDWARDES ,C.I.E,BOMBAY Deota Melan or Chatur Mukh in Kotgarh – The Deota is believed to be one of the most powerful gods in these hills. He is the family of the Kot … Continue reading →...
  • “Beth” in the Simla Hills
    on Aug 21, 2013 in History British Rule Village
    Aniket Alam “Beth” in the Simla Hills This is a seminar paper which I did in Jan-May 1994 as part of my course requirements for the MA in Modern Indian History at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. It is my first foray … Continue reading ...
  • An Ancient Ritual
    on Aug 16, 2013 in History Village Ritual
    - Avninder Thakur The solar eclipse on January 15, 2010, classified as the longest eclipse of the century, reminded me of a practice followed by the locals on such celestial occurrences. It was believed that the sun was being devoured … Continu...
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