“We welcome you to experience the warmth of rural Rajasthan at our organic countryside farm, just an hour away from Jaipur, where you can stay in traditional thatched roof cottages, wake up to the sweet chirping of birds, and immerse yourself in the local folk culture.”
~ Arvind Modi, owner of Nirvana Organic Farm
Rajasthan is one of India's richest states with respect to culture, music, dance, food, and traditions. Whether you are traveling to the the golden triangle or looking to rejuvenate yourself over a weekend, Nirvana Organic Farm offers a quiet indulgence in the charms of rural Rajasthan without travelling too far from Jaipur city.
Travel back in time as you live in traditional thatched-roof cottages on the farm, and experience the warm hospitality of your hosts - Maliram-ji, a farmer from the nearby village of Chomu, and his wife, Manju-didi. You can reminisce about your childhood with popular village games like gulli-danda & hop-scotch, watch sunrise & sunset strolling amid the neighbouring fields of mustard & jo, participate in farm activities, and watch artisans from the nearby village of Maheshpura encapsulate the spirit of Rajasthan in their music and dance. Manju-didi’s food is a pure delight, cooked on an open-air chulha with organic ingredients fresh off the farm.
Accommodation at Nirvana Organic Farm is provided in comfortable & spacious traditional thatched-roof cottages. While the walls of the cottages are made in concrete to prevent water from seeping in during the monsoon, they are coated with a mud finishing for temperature control. Each cottage has an attached western-style bathroom, covered with a fiber rooftop to recreate the experience of open rooftop bathing with the sunlight penetrating in, and yet keeping away falling leaves & creepy-crawlies.
The simplicity of the cottages lends a rural ambiance to the farm, while comfortable bedding, pillows and quilts make for a good night's sleep. Electricity is provided in the rooms, including bulbs and charging points, but is available only in the night. The veranda of each cottage overlooks the farm and its greens, and has locally crafted cane chairs to lounge in.
Food is simple Rajasthani vegetarian fare, prepared by Manju-didi on an open-air chulha, an ancient mode of Indian cooking, now found only in rural parts of India. Breakfast typically consists of aloo paranthas served with dahi, while lunch and dinner vary with the seasonality of the farm vegetables. Dal-bati-churma is a Rajasthani speciality, consisting of a combination of lentils (dal), round hard bread famous in the desert region of Rajasthan (bati), and a popular delicacy prepared with ground wheat & sugar (churma).
As far as possible, the food is prepared with vegetables and herbs grown on the farm. The resident cows and goats provide milk, and spice levels can be moderated accordingly to your taste buds.
Food is served on traditional banana leaves, and you can choose to dine at the lounging area of the farm, in the verandah of your cottage, or while sitting cross-legged on the floor of the chaupal (a large empty room) in traditional Rajasthani style.
Delicious Chai is prepared in typical village style – milky and sweet – and served in mud cups locally called Kulars. Lemon trees at the farm bear fruit all year round, making both Nimbu Pani (lemonade) and lemon tea refreshing to drink.
You can choose to use Nirvana Organic Farm as a base for your trip to Jaipur, or as a quiet weekend retreat away from the busy cities of Delhi & Jaipur.
Activities at & around the farm include:
At Nirvana Organic farm, accommodation is priced as follows:
Cottage accommodation: INR 1,500 per night, inclusive of taxes
Extra bed: INR 300
Dormitory with 6 beds: INR 300 per bed
All meals, including breakfast, lunch, dinner & tea: INR 360 per person
Nirvana Organic farm is located 22 km from Jaipur city, off national highway 11. The closest railway station is Jaipur, from where an auto can drop you off to the farm for INR 300-350, while a taxi will cost INR 500-550. Alternatively, a local bus on the way to Chomu can drop you at the Surya Vatika Road bus stop, from where Maliram-ji can pick you up on prior notice. The nearest airport is also in Jaipur.
The best time to visit the farm is from October to March, when the weather is pleasant with warm days and cool nights, and lots of birds visit the farm.
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In 2004, Mr Arvind Modi bought a piece of barren farmland 22 km away from Jaipur. The neighbouring farming settlements were only growing cash crops on their fields for commercial reasons, and the ecology of the region was suffering due to a lack of trees that would grow and flower seasonally, but never leave the land barren. Mr Modi began to plant trees of lesva, drumsticks and bel, among others, and using organic farming techniques, revived the barren soil and managed to save the trees from the Rajasthan summer, when temperatures rise as high as 43 degrees Celsius.
Changes in the weather were gradually felt, and today it is possible to lounge in a shaded area of the farm even in the summer, with the trees swaying away in the cool breeze. Nirvana Organic farm soon became a place where farmers from the nearby villages could learn about organic farming and traditional Indian agricultural practices
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