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A taste of village life

delhi Updated: Feb 23, 2011 00:05 IST
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If milking cows and feeding cattle is what you are interested in, then the experience of Indian village life on offer may be the thing for you.

Farmhouses in and around Sohna attract tourists from all across the country and abroad and offer what they call 'a slice of Indian village life'. Tourists live in thatched huts, go on village safaris, engage in activities involving milking cows and feeding the animals.

"In the last one year, we have had a lot of tourists from France. Most of them are eco-conscious and love to live in the mud huts and eat food prepared on chulhas. The number of foreign tourists at our guest house has been growing at 20% annually," says Deven Srivastav, director, Surjivan, a farm house near Sohna.

Charpoys placed in front of terracotta and ochre-coloured mud and straw huts where the farmhouse's guests sunbathe add to the charm.

In nearby Gurgaon, there are about a dozen farmhouses that attract tourists from countries such as France, UK and the US.

Botanix, a farmhouse which calls itself 'a nature resort and diversity village', is spread over 50 acres and boasts of theme gardens such as a shrub garden, fragrance garden, rose garden, herb garden, a butterfly garden, etc. Its orchidarium showcases rare species of carnivorous plants.

"We are prompting the concept of garden tourism which is quite new to India. We attract nature lovers and eco-tourists from all over the country and abroad," says Atul Vashisth, the owner of Botanix, who trained as a landscape designer and horticulturist in the US.

"For many foreign tourists, living in our farmhouse becomes the highlight of their India trip," says major SK Yadav, managing director, Wanderlust, another farmhouse near Sohna.