New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANSlife) The opulence and comfort of city life is bountiful but with each passing day, we have disengaged ourselves from the mundane lifestyle to crave for a simpler way of living. It’s important to go back to your roots and find time to appreciate the fresh clean air, sprawling open spaces with greenery and most importantly a peaceful state of mind.
Farm life is now a privilege, a chance to detox from the digital world and the constant hustle and bustle that comes with urbanisation. Lying on your back, counting the sky full of stars or picking on tea leaves for your morning cuppa is a form of therapy in itself. Saffronstays has hand-picked most desirable farmhouse just for you and your loved ones to experience the amalgamation of rural heritage and culture.
Avabodha – Panchgani, Maharashtra
A three-bedroom eco-friendly home in Panchgani, Avabodha is just off the Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar road. It has a breathtaking view of the confluence of the Krishna and Kalki rivers, visible from every window of the house. It is also one of the most surreal houses in Maharashtra where you get a chance to wake up to dancing peacocks. You can indulge in a traditional vegetarian feast prepared lovingly by Kalpana Tai, the caretaker of the house who is sure to stuff you with signature traditional dishes. You can enjoy a true farm-to-table meal with pesticide-free Brinjal, Carrots, Cauliflower and more all freshly grown in the garden. What’s better? You can plant your own sapling as well! The homestay also boosts the Chira Stone to ensure cool breeze on the hillside and can arrange farm visits to local art workshops.
Thanedhar Estate in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Located in Kotgarh, it is a 6-hour drive from Chandigarh to Thanedhar Estate on the old Hindustan-Tibet Road. It is a perfect weekend getaway with a 4 bedroom heritage home connected to the man responsible for Apple Cultivation in India, Satyanand Stokes. It is enclosed by apple and cherry orchards with a backdrop of lush green mountains. You can enjoy your meals in the indoor fireplace prepared by the cook, caretaker and housekeeping staff to make sure each need of yours is met. You can also trek up to Hatu Peak with a 360 degree view of the Dhauladhar and Sivalik Mountain Ranges or head over to Tani Jubbar Lake or St Mary’s Church situated close to home. India’s oldest Skiing Destination, Narkanda, is only a 17 km drive from the home.
Thenkani Organic Farms in Denkanikottai, Tamil Nadu
The farms deal for pets and nature lovers, Thenkani Organic Farms is a Swiss Chalet-esque inspired home located in Denkanikottai National Reserve, Tamil Nadu. It has one bedroom on each floor, named Cedar and Oak, with a separate entrance for each, keeping your privacy intact. It also has a semi-outdoor dining area to enjoy the home chef’s traditional Tamilian Cuisine. Located in the National Reserve, experiencing wildlife couldn’t get easier. You can spot a peacock dancing in the early morning hours or an elephant venturing out. It is a pet-friendly villa where you can enjoy camping under the stars along with your furry pals or set out on an adventure to Hogenakkal Waterfalls and Krishnagiri Falls, a must-visit.
(N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe can be contacted at [email protected])