Where is it located
In Maharashtra, 2-3 hours drive from Mumbai
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- 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.