BASERA BY THE TIRTHAN

Set on the banks of the Tirthan River, amid the majestic Himalayas, is the latest venture from ‘Citrus County Farm Stays’ – the picturesque resort “BASERA – By the Tirthan”. Located near the quaint village of Sairopa at approximately 5100 feet, it comprises of 5 fully furnished cottages, each offering a spectacular view of fruit laden gardens and the flowing waters of the enigmatic tributary of the Beas.

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Start the day with a hot cup of Masala Chai, whilst sitting in the lush green lawns, under the shade of a walnut tree, go on a short walk or simply start the morning idling by the river. The day can be filled with a variety of activities, fishing in the Tirthan for Rainbow or Brown trout, an excursion to one of the many waterfalls in the area, a long walk along the banks of the river, day long treks to the surrounding mountain ranges, or a visit to the local village to get a taste of ‘Pahari’ life.

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The resort is a mere 1.5 hours walk from The Great Himalayan National Park, which is a habitat to numerous flora and more than 375 fauna species, including approximately 31 mammals and 181 birds. Expeditions to the same, as well as fishing trips are arranged by the resort on prior notice. The food, served in the cafe, to the sound of the flowing water, is prepared by a team of locals and a professional chef, totally tantalizes your taste buds.

Legend has it that the Tirthan valley is the home of the Devta Shringha Rishi Ji, whose presence is a must for the famous Kullu Mela.

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A recommended getaway from the heat of the plains, yet unspoilt by loud tourists’ is this valley which offers a plethora of activities, allowing you to bond with nature at its adventurous best. ‘Basera’ has also played host to many -a -corporate getaways, being an ideal offsite for team building exercises and de-stressing.

For bookings visit www.baseraattirthan.com

baseratirthan@gmail.com

Contacts – 09815077880.

-08427011170.

GLAMPING IN RURAL PUNJAB

 

We visit a sleepy little non descript village of distt Hoshiarpur, Punjab, by the name of Chaunni Kalan. In the middle of citrus orchards we find ourselves amidst well manicured lawns, a swimming pool, the bar set with Australian wines and single malts, and the highlight are 9 bright luxury tents. Harkirat Singh, the man behind this vision, is a progressive farmer who started this agro-tourism project in 2008, by the name of “Citrus County”. The agroresort boasts of 3 rooms and 9 luxury waterproof tents complete with air conditioning, heating, attached toilets, teak wood furniture, tea coffee making facility and of course Wi-Fi. Harkirat has taken “glamping” in India to another level. “The concept of glamour camping has become very popular in the safaris of Kenya, and parts of North America also. The idea for the concept came about on one of my trips to the vineyards of the Yarra valley in Australia”, shares Mr. Singh with us. I wanted to start a concept where I have guests come and stay with our family, experience what life on a north Indian farm is like.

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The food served at the farmstay is exceptional, which has been a major reason for repeat guests. An avid cook himself, Harkirat often does a lot of the non vegetarian cooking on a slow fire, while the guests enjoy their wine by a bon-fire. Some of the activities the resort offers are fruit plucking, four wheel driving, a jungle safari, culinary tour, a cultural evening of live Punjabi music and dance.

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The latest addition to the project is a bikers lounge which is the perfect place to enjoy a chilled beer , or meditate or simply allow time to pass you by, all the while enjoying a view of the lush green lawns, and magnificent mango trees. A keen biker himself, Harkirat’s place is a very popular stopover for groups of Harleys. “To succeed one must have a very strong team and never forget your roots”, are the 2 mantras he always follows. “Majority of our team is women we have hired locally, this generates employment and increases the respect these women command amongst their communities and families”.

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NEERALAYA – An Abode By The Water

Destination – the ‘pretty as a picture’ Kullu valley, it’s lush green, majestic mountains, the fast flowing waters of the Beas river and on its banks a piece of paradise NEERALAYA- the resort. Started in 2009, by the dynamic husband wife team of Muneer Suri and Manisha Suri, with an inventory of just 2 rooms and a staff of 7, the resort now boasts of 5 luxury cottages housing a total of 11 rooms, and provides employment to over 23 people from the local area.

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The property situated on the banks of the Beas, with its pristine lawns, fruit laden trees and exotic flowers, transports you to a different world, where there is a perfect balance between nature and luxury. An ideal getaway from the hustle of daily life and the rush of tourists, Neeralaya offers a variety of activities on property, badminton, table tennis, Trampoline, a beautiful tree house, rafting, an innovative kids play area and a number of board games.

Neeralaya“For the more adventurous travelers, we organize white water rafting, paragliding, picnics with packed lunches and a visit to the ATV park,” shares Suri. A highlight of the stay is definitely the riverside barbeque and bonfire, served to the sound of water and the light of candles. “The food is superb, with a fine mix of authentic Himachali cuisine and other fares. Each meal offers a different experience from wood fired pizzas, Indian Chinese, Mughlai to Continental dishes.” vouches a repeat guest of the property.Neeralaya Manali

 

 

 

A favorite with honeymooners and families alike, the property runs like clockwork with Manisha and Muneer overlooking every aspect of the functioning and day to day running. Not just a summer destination, Neeralaya sees its fair share of visitors through the entire year long especially during the famed Kullu Dusherra festival and New Year. A must visit for the discerning traveler, you’ll be tempted to extend your trip, for another day in paradise.Neeralaya

www.neeralaya.com

For Bookings- 09816045725

-09816640005.

GOA-RGEOUS GETAWAY – GET TRAVERSED TO ANOTHER ERA!

Fatigued with the stereotypical Goan party vacation? Done with staying in commercialized properties, all of which cost a fortune, but look the same! It’s time you escaped to ‘the other’ version of Goa, an idyllic and authentic one at that!

Visit this oasis of calm – a gorgeous 150 year old restored Portuguese villa, “Aida”. A five bedroom self contained abode, nestled in the quaint Verem village, Aida is perfect for a different kind of Goa experience. The villa blends modern luxury and little creature comforts seamlessly with heritage and tradition, and traverses you to a different world and era altogether. The expansive place is surprisingly private and insular, the right mix of near luxury and value, far from the hustle yet not so far from the happening party spots. Enter the enchanting structure and you find five luxurious en-suite bedrooms welcoming you with endearing antique furniture, comfortable furnishings and squeaky clean washrooms. The typical Indo-Portuguese structure with big verandahs and a courtyard in the middle of the house takes you to an era bygone. The large ‘Saala’ or Living Room overlooking the pool is aesthetically done up. If in a large group, this is the perfect place where many a memories will be made. The thriving garden lends the central courtyard many hues of green, and a romantic aura to the place, overall. The verdant stretch extends endlessly, making for an enchanting backdrop.

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The villa also has a pool to relax by, which is pretty much the high point of the experience and stay. For those looking for lazy laps or exciting family fun, this massive pool amidst towering trees gives an irresistible invitation at any time of the day (or night). So, whether you want a languid moment curling up with a book in a silent leafy corner or take a dip in the pool is totally your call. A well equipped kitchen with all electronic appliances in place makes it easy to organize meals when in a mood to laze around. The villa is serviced, so your beds will be made and rooms cleaned every day!

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The soul and toil behind this marvel of a mansion is the owner Bindu Kessar Manchanda (A Punjabi woman! Wow!). She, given her experience and expertise of having restored many palaces and old buildings, used her knowledge to restore the place from a totally dilapidated state, with authentic techniques and materials like lime plastering the walls, using old laterite stone etc.

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The place is ideal for people who want a little bit of everything. Just 4 kilometres away from Candolim, the beach is just a breath away and the buzz of North Goa’s lively spots pretty much round the bend. It is a mere 30 minutes drive from the capital city of Panjim, the hub of art, music and eclectic world cuisine. Given the fantastic location of the villa, one is never short of things to do around. The Verem market with several daily needs shops is at a walking distance, wonderful cafes and restaurants within reach, your doze of partying possible at any given point. Besides this, there are quaint lanes to tread, hidden gems of Goa to explore, and rich heritage to immerse into! Aida certainly wins on all counts, we’d say! Contact Tarini Manchanda at 9811544099 for booking this unique experience.
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