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Fagunia Farmstay
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Fagunia®

Fagunia is a sustainable, solar powered homestead located in a remote hamlet near Nainital in the lower Himalayas of Uttarakhand in India. Here, we are attempting to lead a slow, sustainable, zero waste and self sufficient life. We host responsible and like-minded travelers in our homestay: Fagunia Farmstay, farm using a permaculture approach, share excess organic farm produce as small batch microlots, and curate bespoke experiences.

Fagunia Farmstay - A Song in Stone

Fagunia Farmstay homestay near Nainital

Literally hand built, stone by stone, by a Kumaoni farmer and then lovingly renovated and expanded by a Pahadi-Telugu couple,
Fagunia Farmstay is a bespoke mountain home that is the epitome of subtle charms and understated, minimalist luxury.

Fagunia Farmstay is an ecofriendly homestay near Nainital. Our dream come true home is based in a remote, rural but serene hamlet. It is surrounded by gorgeous forests, seasonal waterfalls, and has spectacular views of the mountains in front. This little piece of heaven is quite hard to reach. But it is the perfect place for discerning travelers looking to reconnect with nature and for a quiet place to unwind. We are sure you will fall in love with it like we did.

Accessed by a beautiful but adventurous drive on a rough track through an enchanting forest, over Raj era arched bridges across seasonal waterfalls, and with a short walk down in the end, Fagunia Farmstay is an experience in itself. The sprawling estate around the homestay is home to a permaculture farm, pristine natural spaces, a seasonal waterfall and many delightful nooks. It is almost a secret location where you can leave the world behind and imbibe the serenity of an unspoiled Arcadia.

Please note that we are an ecofriendly home, serious about reducing our footprint and living sustainably, and not a resort or a hotel or a villa. We are an owner run and managed small operation. Therefore, our hosting and stay experience is different. Do scroll down to understand what you can expect from a stay with us.

Fagunia Farmstay-Exterior View

Layout & Rooms

Fagunia Farmstay is uniquely built across different levels using up cycled local stone and wood. Our homestay is apt for a family or a group wanting exclusive access to the entire home and farm estate. The homestay has three rooms, a spacious suite and 2 smaller double rooms, and can host up to 8 guests. All rooms are thoughtfully curated and luxuriously appointed utilizing a minimalist aesthetic. They are furnished with handpicked antique furniture, bespoke furnishings and art pieces to make your stay comfortable and memorable. There is a certain quirkiness in the way we have utilized the available space that you may have fun in experiencing.

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285 km
DISTANCE FROM NEW DELHI
~6 hrs
DRIVING TIME FROM New Delhi
>100 spp
BIRDS & BUTTERFLIES RECORDED SO FAR
100%
RELAXATION ASSURED

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Food

Fagunia Farmstay’s food is an eclectic melange of Pahadi and Telugu cuisines. Simple yet nutritious, wholesome yet light. We use local ingredients as far as possible. Most of the vegetables are sourced from our farm or nearby farms when available so that you can have the freshest farm to table experience and discover the difference that farm fresh, organic, seasonal, and home cooked food can have on your taste buds. To reduce our environmental impact, use of packaged food is minimized so we do not serve carbonated drinks or packaged juices or fast food. We also do not offer a la carte ordering or room service.

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Location

Fagunia Farmstay is located in a small and remote hamlet in Uttarakhand in the Kumaon mountains of the Indian Himalayas at an altitude of ~5000 feet, about 285 km or 6-7 hrs driving time from Delhi. The last 4 km of the route to our village is a scenic, motorable but stony and untarred, rough forest track (see video and photos on the link below). From our village parking area, you will have to walk down a cemented village path for about 5-10 mins to reach our place. Please note that this path is not accessible friendly so our place is not apt for anyone with mobility issues. The link below has a video of the entire path so do view it to check if you are comfortable with its distance and steepness.

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Activities

Go on hikes in the surrounding sun dappled and pine scented forests in search of colourful birds and butterflies. Lend a helping hand on the farm. Catch up with your loved ones. Lose yourself in a book. Observe the unhurried pace of village life. Sign up for our curated experiences. Write your next great book. Come up with a life changing idea. Or find a quiet corner, put your feet up, stare at the beautiful vista, relax and slowly let go of all your worries.

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Fagunia Experiences

Enhance your mountain stay with us through a special experience. Through these optional curated activities, we will share our joy of experiencing fine things that can elevate every day life. Learn how to make your own fresh loaf of health positive bread through a hands on session. Eat homemade wood fired Neapolitan pizzas made in our handmade Tuscan style dome pizza oven. Go on a curated journey to taste some of the finest single malts of the world. Or set out on a long trek to a stunning river at the bottom of a valley while experiencing rural mountain life.

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Eco-friendly & Special Features

Many eco-friendly features have been incorporated into the construction and running of Fagunia Farmstay to reduce the impact and footprint of the homestay. In addition, we have many special features, which we hope will enhance your stay.

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Guidelines

While we would love to share our dream home with everyone, given our remote, off the road location next to forests, and our eco-friendly focus, we are cautious about who we host to ensure that we can offer the most memorable experience to like minded and responsible travelers.

If you love being close to nature, want to travel responsibly and don’t mind doing without certain urban luxuries like TV, toilet paper, 24/7 running hot water, uninterrupted power and WiFi, then our place will be perfect for you. Here are our simple house guidelines that you will need to be aware of.

Music

Isn’t it better to listen to the natural music of the forests, animals and birds instead of some loud song? So please don’t play loud music at our place. And strictly no music after 10 pm please.

Check in

Our check in time is 2 pm. Early check in is not possible. We recommend you reach our place before dark as the forest track to our village is best driven on during daylight hours.

WiFi

We have a high speed broadband internet connection but given our remote location, it can sometimes go down. In case you need constant access to the net, please carry a Jio 4G dongle.

Water

Water is a super precious and scarce resource in the mountains. Please use water judiciously. While we have showers, please opt for bucket baths. We reserve the option of removing shower panels in summer in case of limited water supply.

Bonfire

We offer chargeable bonfire service between November-February. Please don’t request for bonfire outside of these months. Please do keep in mind that bonfire needs wood from trees, takes time and effort to source and also has an impact on the local environment.

Electricity

Located in a remote rural village, we are prone to regular power cuts. As an ecofriendly, solar powered home, we only use a solar powered inverter for power backup and it has limited backup capacity. So please bear with us in case our power backup runs out due to longer power cuts.

Meal Times

Our meals are as per a fixed menu. Please co-operate by having meals at the designated times. Our kitchen closes at 10:00 pm so please don’t request for late dinner service as our staff need to go home, rest and prepare for the next day. Lunch on the day of checkin is not included. It is not possible for us to arrange lunch on the day of checkin. We do not have a la carte ordering or room service.

What to pack

We do not provide toilet paper or dental or shaving kits. We provide shower gel, shampoo, towels and hand wash in refillable containers. Please carry your own toothpaste, toothbrush, razor and toilet paper. Also pack organic insect repellent, torch, good closed walking shoes, personal medicines, beverages and chargers.

Plastic waste

Mountains are highly fragile, eco-sensitive landscapes and increasing plastic waste here is a grave threat. We firmly request that you minimize the amount of plastic or single use items you bring with you. And please help us manage such non-degradable waste by taking back whatever plastic/single use waste you generate during your stay and disposing it responsibly in the plains.

Insects

As we are located next to a forest, you may see more insect life at our place. We minimize the use of chemical repellents as part of our efforts to lead a chemical free life. The insects are mostly harmless, good for the local environment and form an important link in the local food chain. If needed, our staff can safely take the insects out when asked.

Linen & Towels

We provide fresh linen and towels at the time of checkin. To reduce our water footprint, we change them after the 4th day of a guest’s stay. Please do not request for change of bed linen and towels everyday as this greatly increases our usage of water, an increasingly scarce resource in the mountains.

AC/TV

Like most mountain homes, we do not have air-conditioners. Fans are provided. There are no TVs as well.

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