7 Fabulous Farmstays in India That Allow You to Learn Organic Farming While Vacationing!

If your idea of a farm begins and ends with Animal Farm, chances are you are not alone. While India may still be called an agricultural country, a vast number of urban dwellers have little or no exposure to life in a farm. With the rise of sustainable tourism, a number of properties have emerged around the country that offer an authentic experience of living, and even working, in the farm. Here are seven of our favourite Indian farmstays.

1. Dudhsagar Spice Plantation & Farmstay, Goa

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Goa immediately evokes images of beaches and decadent coastal food, but step away from the shores and you will find experience. Swap your hotel for a stay at Dudhsagar Plantation, a spice haven located close to the iconic Dushsagar Falls.

The property invites guests to experience the rural side of Goa, and takes them on tours around the plantation abounding in spices such as cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg and tropical trees like cashew, coconut, arecanut and teak. The informative walks also shed light on medicinal practices, sustainable farming and renewable energy production. Guests are invited to pick fruits, partake of Goan vegetarian cuisine and explore the surroundings.

Check our Dudhsagar Plantation via its website.

2. Prakriti Farms, Rupnagar, Punjab

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No region defines the Indian farming experience more verdantly than Punjab, dominated by miles of field. Prakriti farmstay is located at the foothills of the Shivaliks, less than an hour from Chandigarh and minutes from the Ropar wetlands. Whether you prefer the rustic thatch cottages or more luxe options, this places guarantees a rendezvous with the farms to remember.

Organic farming is key to the way of life at Prakriti and the property organises farm tours and short term volunteering opportunities as well. The farm is pet-friendly and every guest is required to plant a tree during their visit to the farms.

For more information, head to their website.

3. Destiny: The Farm Resort, Tamil Nadu

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Combining farming vacations with a dose of adventure activities, this farm resort in the Nigiris offers a fun, experiental stay for the entire family. Children will love the games rooms as much as the animals in the farm—rabbits, guinea pigs, geese, sheep and horses—and brave-heart travellers can try their hand at rappelling or hone their golfing and horse-riding skills.

The farm stay is a mere 25 km from the popular tourist destination of Ooty, and is located in the Avalanchi valley. With a self-sufficient farm and dairy unit, this property encourages guests to step into the farm and get their hands dirty.

Know more on the Destiny Website here.


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4. Bon Farmhouse, Kewing, Sikkim

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Located at an altitude of 1700 mt, Kewing means ‘Land of Wheat Field’ in Sikkimese Bhutia language. With the population limited to just a few hundreds, the region is sprinkled with farms, cardamom and tea plantations, and lush forests. Bon Farmhouse is a family-run enterprise that offers accommodation in their traditional houses and a firsthand experience of life in a farm.

While you’re there, indulge in village/nature walks, treks or go bird watching. Learn the local cuisine, take farming lessons and tips and remember to try the Dotho, a traditional hot stone herbal bath.

Check out Bon Farmhouse here.

5. Nirvana Organic Resort, Jaipur, Rajasthan

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This lush property in Rajasthan seeks to promote agricultural tourism on a budget. A certified organic farm offers guests a means to let their hair down and soak in the beauty of the natural surroundings. Freshly bloomed flowers, crops in the fields and chirpring birds offer a sight of Rajasthan pleasantly far-flung from its image as a desert state.

Stay in ethnic cottages, participate in farming activities or try your hand at rural games—this resort gives you an authentic view of the simple joys of rustic living.

Know more about Nirvana via their website.

6. Tathagata Farm, Darjeeling, West Bengal

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Darjeeling teas are legendary and this farmstay gives you an opportunity to watch the harvesting process up close. Emphasising on simplicity, Tathagata Farm is located 45 minutes away from the main town where visitors can live in farm-facing huts and tents.

Interact with local farming communities on guided village walks and contribute to the harvesting and fruit picking activities. The area is home to many beautiful species of birds and the property recommends early morning as the best time to spot them in their natural habitat. Not just tea leaves, the property also offers a breathtaking view of the Himalayas.

For more information on Tathagata Farm, click here.


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7. Dana Pani Organic Farmstay, Nainital, Uttarakhand

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An organic farm in the Himalayas, Dana Pani is located at close proximity to the Corbett Tiger Reserve. Owned by a local family, the farmstay is surrounded by an organic farm abounding in fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. Floriculture enthusiasts will love the blooming carnation grown here for commercial purposes.

Join in to graze the goats or collect fresh produce from the vegetable patch. Using traditional agricultural methods, this property is an ideal place to start practicing your hand at organic farming. At the end of a hard day in the field, the Kumaoni cuisine on your table will taste even better!

To know more about Dana Pani, click here.

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