After a long week at work amid over-populated and over-polluted citylife, who doesn't crave for some relaxation! For metro citizens, the best way to relax and rejuvenate is a refreshing weekend amid lush green farms. To get your weekend plans sorted, we here is a list of some of the best farmstays near Mumbai that offer natural beauty, tranquility and rural activities to indulge in.
The Royal Marwari Stud Farm
Located at Nandgaon (Karjat), at the foothills of the Bhimashankar hills, the Royal Marwari Stud Farm is just 80 kilometres from Mumbai and 110 kilometres from Pune. If you want to spend some time away from the city life amid the lush green and rustic charm of farms then this is the ideal place for you. The farm stay is good to go for family holidays. The tranquil surroundings offer relaxing activities to indulge in including horse riding, trekking, camping out by a lake and indulging in local meals.
Where: Royal Marwari Stud Farm, Nandgoan Village, Off Kasheli-Khandas Road, Karjat
Price: Rs 4,500 per person daily (inclusive of two meals, horse riding and a dip in the lake), Rs1,500 (inclusive of farm visit and two meals)
Madhuban Agritainment Farm
Sprawling across 50 acres of land, Madhuban Agritainment farm is located 125 km away from Mumbai and 150 km from Pune. The place offer perfect atmosphere for a digital detox in Roha. The self-sustained, completely organic farm offers all basic amenities and has two rooms. The access to internet connection is negligible so you can get in touch with nature around the accommodation. This is an ideal place for travellers on a budget. Guests can get all meals including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner at at an additional cost of Rs 500 per person.
Where: Roha Ashtami, Maharashtra 402109
Price: Rs 1,000 per night for a twin-sharing room
Tooth Mountain Farms
Tooth Mountain Farms is a boutique farm stay on Karjat road with five themed suites named after the trees native to their farm. The main villa houses Rooms Parijat (White) and Palash (Orange) as well as kitchen and other common areas. The outhouse which overlooks a lap pool houses Amalatas (Yellow), Ashmantak (Purple), and Basant Rani (Pink). For outdoor activities there is a cycling track and you can also go kayaking in the private lake. The pool is artfully decorated seating area to provide best place for relaxation.
Where: Neelam Sagar Farms, Karjat Road, Next to N D Studios, Hatnoli
Price: Rs 5,500 onward
Surrounded by sugarcane fields and rice paddies, Palmnest Farms is bordered by the serene Kumbhi River. The farmstay is replete with natural beauty, calm surroundings and relaxing accommodation. The multiple stay options include two standard rooms, a family room for six guests, and four cottages. When it comes to activities, the place offers activities like trekking, bonfire, cycling and bullock cart ride to give you total rural experience.
Where: Palmnest Farmstay, Khokurle, Gaganbawda, Kolhapur (8 hour drive from Mumbai and 6 hours from Pune.)
Price: Rs 2,200 per adult & Rs 1,100 for children between 7 to 12 years for an overnight stay (meals included).
The Japalouppe Equestrian Centre
The Japalouppe Equestrian Centre is among the finest horse training schools in the country and also offers a rural experience during your stay. The place allows you to embrace all that farm life has to offer. Their two rustic stone cottages can comfortably accommodate 3 people each and there is a dormitory for larger groups.
Where: Japalouppe Equestrian Centre, Mumbai-Pune Highway, NH-4, Shankarwadi
Price: Rs 2,400 for adults and Rs 1, 200 for children below 7 (for the cottage); Rs 1,700 for adults and Rs 900 for children below 7 (dormitory); prices include three meals a day
Megh Malhar Agro Tourism
A self-sustained Agro Resort-cum camp, Megh Malhar nestled in the bneautiful district of Kolvan. Tghe place is ideal for those who love camping. If tent, bonfire and stargazing make your holiday bright then this the place to go. The farmhouse has three master bedrooms that can comfortably accommodate six guests. You can also take a tour of the farm and learn about different plantations and vegetables growing there at an additional cost of Rs 800.
Where: Village Hotale, Paud Kolwan Rd, Mulshi
Price: Rs 4,000 onwards, not including GST
The Rural Door
The Rural Door offers an activity-based farming experience to make you feel closer to nature. Guests can enjoy activities like pottery, ploughing, bullock cart rides among others. The farm also has a dhyaan-mandir which is an ideal place to meditate or exercise. The place is also good for stargazing with clear sky and fresh air.
Where: At Post Padali, Nagthane, Satara
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