Sanjay Austa had a long and thriving career in journalism for 15 long years where his prowess lay in writing about travel, art and culture.

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Such was his love for travel that he returned to his native Himachal Pradesh to start ‘Meena Bagh Homes’ in 2017 as a step towards making eco travel possible.

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The sustainable property offers city folk a chance to live in a “typical Himachali home” and is surrounded by fruit orchards and farms that spread out for miles.

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Not having had any prior experience in running a business, Sanjay says he learnt the tricks of the trade from the locals themselves.

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It is interesting to note that Meena Bagh Homes is set on an ancestral plot of land where Himachal’s famous apple belt is located.

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Speaking of the building his grandfather had built, Sanjay says, “While the orchards continued to bloom, the building had been in a dilapidated state for a few years now. My father wanted to bring it down and in its stead, build a more modern house.”

It was at this juncture of deciding what to do with the property that Sanjay reached the scene and proposed an interesting plan.

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