The pandemic has changed the world we live in, and how we travel. Travellersare increasingly avoiding crowded tourist destinations and seeking out secluded experiences. Among other things, homestays in remote places and farmstays are emerging as a major trend. The latter especially is preferred as they provide vast open spaces where physical distancing can easily be maintained. And they are all about organic food. People prefer the farm-to-table concept rather than eating at hotel restaurants right now. Another trend that has come up recently is people booking long stays in remote locations and working from there.
We have been scouting around for such options where you can hole away in the midst of nature, get a rejuvenating break and also keep up with work.
We found one that fits the bill, in the middle of Darjeeling hills.
Baasbari Farm, about 1.5 hours’ drive from Darjeeling, in West Bengal, is offering a chance to combine your opportunity to work from home with a long holiday in the midst of nature. “You can get networks of most service providers,” says owner Dipesh Pradhan, “and we are also planning to install a broadband connection soon so that guests find it easy to go online and work.”
Spread over 10 acres, the farm has limited accommodation, with one Bamboo Unit and two luxury tents. The rest of the area is devoted to organic farming activities and forests. Eco-friendly design and sustainable living forms the core of Baasbari’s ethics, says Pradhan. The entire place has been built with locally available material. The premises is a plastic-free zone and has water management as well as garbage and waste management in place.
The rooms located at a distance from each other overlook different corners of the farm, from the surrounding countryside to natural forests, rivers, agricultural fields, and tea gardens. Chirping birds, the breeze blowing through the trees and the pitter-patter of occasional rain are all sounds that you will come across. If you want to rustle up a meal on your own, you are welcome to use their kitchen and they will supply you with farm-produced greens and spices. And if you are feeling lazy, the farm will take care of your meal preparations.
If you are fond of outdoor activities, there are many walking and biking trails through the wooded uphill countryside. You can go trekking to the riverside or birdwatching. However, in keeping with the present crisis control norms, guests will have to stay put for 14 days after which they will be free to venture outside.
Baasbari Farm has all the necessary health protocols in place and requires guests to abide by them too.
Information: Baasbari Farm is located in Bijanbari, about 3.5 to 4 hours’ drive from the nearest airport Bagdogra. They can arrange for pick up and drops (on separate payment). Or you may travel directly by your own car.
All rooms are well appointed, have fans, an electric kettle, attached bathrooms with hot water showers. One of the rooms also has an outdoor open shower.
A month-long stay package starts from Rs 10,000. For booking and more details, write to email@example.com or call +91 96098 15513.
Note: The opening/closure of a destination is dependent on the pandemic containment rules set by the government from time to time. So check with the Farm before planning.