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Yatan Ahluwalia

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Valley View Organic Orchard & Farmstay

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  • DescriptionWe are an twelve acre certified organic fruit orchard and farmstay in a tiny and quiet village called Kangar which is hidden away on a remote hilltop in the lower Himalayan ranges in Northernmost Punjab, overlooking the Kangra valley and Dauladhar mountains and bordering the states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.

    We are on Himalayan foothills and away from the main road that climbs up from the transit town of Pathankot (in Punjab) to the colonial hill station of Dalhousie and the spiritual centres of Dharamshala and McLeodganj (all in Himachal Pradesh).

    We overlook the Chakki river (a tributary of the Ravi river) which flows in the valley below and skirts the South, the snow clad Dauladhar range on the East, the Shivalik hills on the West and the majestic mountains of Jammu and Kashmir on the North.

    Given our location, we have five distinct seasons. The weather, food, mountain views, flower blooms, birds and our harvest change and vary according to the season.

    We bought this property in late 2008 and moved here from the hustle and bustle of the city in 2011. We grow about 42 types of seasonal and exotic fruits, a variety of vegetables and assortment of herbs. We produce our own pulses and wheat, milk our resident cows and process our oil and spices. All natural and all certified organic. We generate our own solar power and divert the surplus to the grid to power more homes. We make our own bio gas, organic manures and boosters with natural materials and ingredients found on our property. Our entire estate is environmentally friendly and we try to be as self-sustainable as possible.

    We welcome you to our quiet and peaceful orchard and to share and experience our simple laid back farm life in the interiors of rural North India and the foothills of the mighty Himalayas - where the air is clean, the pace slow and the people are warm and welcoming!
  • LocationIndia, Punjab, Pathankot

  • Work
  • Type of work We need help with organic farming, gardening, taking care of our fruit tress and vegetables, basic farm work like building projects (tree / mud and stone houses etc), rain water harvesting, landscaping, permaculture, construction. You may also come up with ideas or a project that you may like to work on while you are here. We are open to your inputs on areas where you have a skill or experience.

    We are starting a boutique farm stay soon. In December 2016, we started the eco building project for two guest cottages. This will go on for about 18 months. This is an ecological, sustainable and natural building project. We are looking for volunteers who have experience with natural building, abode bricks, ecological construction and who want to gain experience by working on this project! Architects, builders, stone workers, carpenters, mud brick makers, landscapers and related professions will therefore be taken on priority!

    We have distinct seasons, great views and are easily accessible and reachable. We can send you more details, information and photographs upon request by email.

    As we are normally overbooked and have many volunteers per year, please let us know your dates as much in advance as possible. We can confirm subject to availability. We prefer to host men.
  • Hours per day Summer: 8am to 12 noon and 3om to 6pm
    Winter: 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
  • Work requirements: There are a lot of places of interest to visit around us and we will be glad to assist you with local information upon request.
  • Host's preferences
  • Availability: June 2017 onwards
  • Duration of stay: 2 weeks minimum
  • Maximum number of helpers: 2
  • Last minute requests: Okay
  • Host
  • Languages:English, hindi
  • Has pets? Yes! 13 dogs and 5 cows and many resident birds!
  • Smokes at home? No
  • Accommodation: A room with an attached private bath and basic amenities, clean bedding and linen.
  • Additional info
  • We provide breakfast and simple vegetarian meals (lunch and dinner) which are made mostly with farm fresh produce.