The pandemic is far from over. As the number of omicron cases has seen a surge of late, people are reworking their travel plans. One of the major travel trends that have emerged in the post-pandemic world is that of farm stays. Travellers are still looking for offbeat experiences in places with fewer crowds. By Karan Kaushik
What makes farm stays a good option right now is the human urge to be in vast open spaces, where they won’t have to worry about maintaining social distancing. Then there’s the love for fresh and healthy organic food, which also draws discerning travellers to farm stays. And not to forget the urge to unwind in the lap of nature after spending a large part of the year within the confines of our homes.
Here are 7 farm stays near Chandigarh that promise a restorative experience for the lovers of slow and sustainable travel
Nestled in the serene environs of Swara village, Casba Farm Retreat is just a short drive away from Chandigarh. Featuring sprawling gardens and fruit orchards, the farm stay makes for a nice escape from the daily city grind.
Brace yourself for an unparalleled Punjabi dining experience. The meals here are prepared from fresh organic produce straight from the farm. With uber comfy beds, tastefully decorated walls and modern-day comforts, the rooms at the farm stay are as cosy as cosy could be.
There’s a swimming pool, where you can fancy a drink at the poolside loungers. Bibliophiles can spend their time at the library, which houses a good collection of good reads. Their lounge offers a stunning 360-degree view of the sprawling fields that surround the farm.
Contact: : +91 79018 00022, +91 96534 44420
Beautifully sprawled at the Shivalik foothills, Citrus County is a part of Chhauni Farms, a citrus orchard spread across 70 acres. The farm stay has three guest suites if you are looking for a more private experience. If glamping interests you, it’s best to stay in their luxurious tents.
While here, join the kids in plucking fruits at the orchard or enjoy a tractor ride. You can also go for a nice walk around the village and interact with the warm and hospitable locals.
Your hosts at the farm stay will also be happy to take you on a guided dairy farm tour. They also organise specially curated culinary tours, where you can learn a recipe or two from the traditional Punjabi kitchen.
Contact: +91 98150 77880, +91 98154 77880
This pet-friendly farm stay is a working farm, where you will be greeted with blissful rural Punjab vibes. Located in proximity to the popular Ropar wetlands, the farm stay rests at the foothills of the Shivaliks.
On offer are multiple choices for your stay. These include thatch and mud deluxe cottages, kinnow orchard cottages, safari tents, and sunrise cottages. They also have gorgeous Swiss tents and family Swiss cottage tents. Holding true to its name, Prakriti Farms brings you closer to nature and how.
The farm stay has been established on the principles of conservation and organic practices and you are encouraged to grow a sapling at their farm during your stay. From leisurely strolls to easy treks, you will find enough ways to make your stay memorable.
Contact: +91 99713 93626
Encompassed by mango and peach orchards and eucalyptus plantations, Kailash Farms is great for those who love birding and nature trails. Dotted with varieties of fruits, herbs, veggies, and flowers, the farm serves as a habitat for myriad species of birds.
Kids can enjoy simple pleasures like kite flying and indulge in rural pastimes in the kid’s arena. There’s a tennis court too. The farm stay also offers incredible walking trails, which green tourism enthusiasts will love.
Fitness freaks can cycle around the orchards or plough a few lengths of the farm themselves. Kailash Farms is also great if you have a keen interest in the ecology of planting.
Contact: +91 76674 70077, +91 73476 73743
If you are really into organic farming and would like to enhance your knowledge about it, a stay at Hansali Organic Farm comes highly recommended. They offer simple but comfortable double occupancy suites. You will love the fresh, homemade organic meals made from homegrown produce.
During your stay at Hansali Farm, you may also encounter excited school and college students enjoying their educational outing and trying to learn new methods of integrated organic farming.
Guess what? They have even had the pleasure to host the likes of Prince Charles. Yes, you read that right. The aim of the organic farm is to propagate the use of technology to achieve a good yield without causing any harm to the natural environment or the people who inhabit it.
A stay here could turn out to be a great learning experience and one that will stay with you for a long time.
Contact: +91 99888 92203
Just a five-minute drive from the Mohali airport, Westonel Farm Stay has everything that perfect family vacations are made of. Customised Yoga sessions, horse riding, cycling, nature walks, bonfire and barbeque nights, and wholesome meals.
They also provide mountain bicycles if you are in the mood to seek solace while exploring the countryside. When in a mood to unwind to the tunes of classic old jazz, head to Picasso, the organic café at the farm. They serve farm-grown baked dishes, smoothies, and juices.
The farm stay also hosts regular art workshops. The best part about Westonel is its incredible wealth of flora. From red hibiscuses to pink lilies and golden bamboos to royal palms, you’ll find thousands of beautiful plant species here.
Contact: +91 99885 55692, +91 93219 06853
Located on the southern edge of the sacred town of Sri Anandpur Sahib, Anand at the Satluj is an effort by the erstwhile royal family to support rural tourism. A stay here will give you a sneak peek into the rich agricultural traditions and rural hospitality of Punjab.
Resting on the banks of river Satluj, the property has an organic vegetable garden. They have also made special walkways with pebbles from the riverbed, where you can walk barefoot and have an acupressure session of sorts.
The farm stay offers some great visits and walks in the neighbourhood. For instance, you can choose to volunteer at a local school or meet locals at rural skill development classes. They will also take you to a commercial organic farm if you wish.
Hiking and trekking tours and bicycles tours can also be arranged. A stay here will be incomplete without a visit to the historic Gurudwara and a guided tour of the Sikh Heritage centre Virasat-E-Khalsa.
Contact: +91 99102 95370, +91 98715 87150