Invitation to visit Chimantara Cottage


I have recently moved to Chimantara Cottage. Sunita Dighe who owns this beautiful property has been very generous to make it available for me to stay and enjoy the surrounding.

Where is it located


Moving to this farm was inspired by an idea that was shared by a friend and co-traveler, Shantanu Mundhada called Palaash Farm Living. Watch the video below to learn more about it.

You can contact Shantanu on his website or check out their FB Page here.

If you like the idea and want to get a taste of what Palaash Farm Living is all about and would like to come for a day trip OR spend a night, get in touch with me on and I will host you.

What to expect

  • Food: I eat eggs and meat for breakfast with tea. Rice, Daal, Dahi and Sabzi for lunch and dinner. I'm happy to serve you Poha or Upma if you are a Vegetarian. However, if you are concerned about the use of the same utensils for cooking veg and non-veg, you can visit the nearby restaurants. Vegans, if you're good with anything vegan in the house, you're welcome too.
  • Cooking: Sanchita, who stays in the village nearby cooks food for me and takes care of the place. Please tip her generously to make her day. 😀
  • Water: We use Groundwater pumped from the bore well. We don't have an Aquaguard but we are still alive and doing well. 😀
  • Bedding: We have two double beds on the 1st level which is open on all four sides, with a roof on top. There is a fan and light for each bed with a mattress, quilt, pillow, and a mosquito net. There is no loo in the 1st level so you'll have to come down to my room to use the loo in the night.
  • Transport: You should visit the cottage using your own vehicle. Car is better, and two-wheelers are possible if you are okay riding one from Mumbai. Note: Two-wheelers are not permitted on the Bombay-Pune Expressway. If you don't have a car, call Shekhar Pawar to pick you up and drop you back for Rs. 2500 per trip. His number is +91-7066024486. He speaks Hindi and Marathi and is a gem of a person. He stays in the village.
  • Internet and Wi-Fi: We have Airtel and Jio Wifi Routers. The internet is decent (5-15 MBPS) in the mornings then starts to get slow down (1 MBPS or slower) as the day starts. I guess the villagers start watching YouTube around 10 AM onwards and hog the bandwidth.
  • Electricity: We have electricity from the government. When there is a power cut we switch to the Power Inverter which has some battery life.
  • Bathroom: You can use my bathroom to have a bucket hot water bath. And it has a western toilet only, but the bum spray does not have a lot of pressure so be ready to use the bucket and mug to wash up. 😀
  • Swim: There is a dam nearby (see videos below) and you can take a dip in there if you love the quality of water in lakes. However, I'm not a swimmer so can't be a lifeguard. 😀
  • Music: I do like to play music during the day. Hope that does not bother you.

What to bring along

  • Bedding: We request you to get a bedsheet, and a pillow cover so that the team does not have to wash them for just one use. And if you are particular about using our quilt, you can bring along a sleeping bag as it does get chilly after 2-3 AM in the morning.
  • Toilet kit: A towel, toothbrush, shaving kit (if you want to shave)
  • Laptop and Mobiles: If you need to work on emails, write, or blog, there are a lot of power points for you to charge your laptop and mobiles.

Other stuff

  • Alcohol: I do have a drink occasionally and I'm okay if you want to have a drink too, as long as you don't get drunk.
  • Smoking: I don't smoke. However, it doesn't bother me if you smoke as long as the smoke doesn't come on my face. As of now, smoking outside the house is permitted until I change my mind.

Ghotawade Dam near Chimantara Cottage

In the winter months

In the monsoon


  1. This concept of living and experiencing basic life is super exciting.I am surely visiting anytime sooon.

    1. Awesome. Send me email when you want to come over.

  2. A wonderful experience it would be. I wish I can get such a farm within my travelling distance from Bangalore. You have a wonderful time out there, enjoy the moment.

  3. Looks and sounds wonderful...maybe I pop in for a night or two...13th 14th feb maybe ... Send me a number to call you on please

    1. Send me an email on and I'll share my number with you.


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