A survey done by an online travel booking website says Indians are desperate (Yes, desperate.) for a vacation. So much so that they can give up on sex and coffee for a whole week!
Now most of us cannot afford to take a long vacay every now and then but a weekend getaway sounds just about perfect to rejuvenate and relax. While relaxation is a priority, some also look forward to make it an experience of sorts. Thus comes agro-tourism in picture. A perfect blend of holiday along with experiential learning about farming and the ancillaries! Farm tours, engagements in farm-related activities such as pluck farm-grown vegetables, rare livestock such as cattle, hen, duck, goat, mine some organic compost etc. are the highlights of such tours.
Since monsoon is at its peak, it only makes sense for one to opt for an agro-tour to bask in the green scenic views from the valleys and hill stations in the vicinity of Pune. We list you 6 such farms/resorts that give you a hands on experience and just the kind of weekend fun you are looking for.
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1) Osara Agri Tourism –
This one is a multi-starrer in itself. Right from family outings, weekend getaway with friends to a corporate get-together, this places caters to all kinds of outing with a purpose of agro-tourism. One can sit back and enjoy the gondhal, folk music etc. or can jump the guns and go farming and indulge in vegetable and fruit plucking and then cooking the meals. All in all, this place makes sure that everyone has a great time.
Where : Gate No. 1010 B, Hivre Tarfe Narayangaon (Kalamb Jai Mala), Junnar.
Prices : One should except shelling out Rs. 3,000 for a dormitory and higher in case you are looking for a luxurious suite option.
Details here : osara
2) Megh Malhar Agro Tourism –
If it’s out-n-out agro tourism, then it has to be this place. The 22-acre farmland offers the best of the agricultural experiences that allows you to collect fruits and veggies for the kitchen of the resort. Other activities such as star-gazing, indoor games and a large swimming pool to relax. Sounds like a perfect weekend destination, doesn’t it?
Where : Paud Kolwan Road, Hotale Village, Mulshi.
Prices : A cutesy mountain cottage will cost you nearly Rs. 3,500. But if you’re a bigger group, worry not, for you can book the farmhouse all for yourself.
Details here : meghmalhar
3) Meher Retreat –
We cannot stop raving about this place for how pocket-friendly it is! Since most of the packages are a day-long tour, this getaway is best suited for those who cannot have the whole weekend for themselves. One can take a tour of the luscious 27 acres farm on a tractor or a bullock cart. As of that doesn’t give you the farm feels, then walk down to the nearby lake or the stream and spend some time gazing at the migratory cranes who drop by. Talk about a place being scenic and mystical at the same time!
Where : Near Mhatoba Lake, Khutbav Road, Saloba Vasti, Tal – Daund, Yavat.
Prices : A mere 750 bucks for a day picnic. I mean, what even!
Details here : meher
4) The Farmstead –
The Farmstead not only welcomes you, but also your furry friends! Yes, a pet friendly resort by the river banks and in the nature’s lap is the kind of escape one needs after a hectic week. Some other star attractions of this resort are: BBQ in the gardens, river rafting, bird-watching, rappelling and hiking. Now who would want to sit and relax when there’s so much to do for an ultimate adrenaline rush!
Where : Kharawade Village, Lavasa road, Mulshi.
Prices : Shell out a nominal 1,500 bucks for the camping experience which is inclusive of meals.
Details here : farmstead
5) The Farm –
Pitch a tent, pet the furrys, meditate, do yoga, some organic farming, go on healing trails, read at the eco-library, attend workshops on how to make face packs, body scrubs, organic insect repellants and hair packs with organic ingredients, documentary screening and phew! Lets jut say and a lot more if you’re looking for making the best of the agro-camping experience. (Psstt! Call us biased but we love this one!)
Where : Survey 101, Hissa 5, NDA Road, Warje, Bavdhan.
Price : Rs. 500 for adopting a tree, Rs. 1,000 for adopting a nest and so on. Sounds super interesting, doesn’t it?
Details here : protecterraef
6) Le Farm –
Okay, so we are saving the fancy and the luxurious one for the last. Le Farm is more of a vacation experience than agro-tourism. Sure there are farming activities that keep happening but only for the sake of it. One can opt for this option when relaxation with a view is a top priority. The resort is nestled in the valley and has the most breath-taking view to wake up to. There are numerous adventure activities lined up that will make you want to jump at the word ‘go’. Quite literally!
Where : Kamshet, Near Tata Power Somwadi Dam, Vadivali Lake, Tal. Maval.
Prices : The standard rooms start from Rs. 12,000 and onwards.
Details here : lefarm