Review of Laksh Farms in Mangar, Haryana: Eco-Tourism at its Best?

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Review of Laksh Farms

After a year and a half of restricted movement due to the pandemic, most of us have begun travelling with trepidation. Though visiting public places with high footfall is still a bit risky, one can enjoy curated experiences / staycations at select locations. I have earlier shared my review of the best luxury staycations in Delhi-NCR, and today I’m here to share my experience and review of Laksh Farms – an organic and sustainable farmstay in Village Mangar, Haryana.

Watch the travel vlog / review here:

Travel Vlog: Review of Laksh Farms

LAKSH FARMS:

No review of Laksh Farms can be complete without telling you about the property and its offerings first. This family run enterprise has an interesting story behind its inception. Apparently the owner, a pilot, frequently flew over a green area just outside of Delhi, and was drawn to the lush beauty of the spot. One day, he decided to explore it and on realising the land was up for sale, bought it to build a home for himself and family. Over the years, he converted it to a farmstay for tourists, encouraging boarders and day-visits to their rustic yet comfortable abode.

Laksh Farms is spread over 15 acres in the Aravalli valley near the Dhauj water body. It is described as, “A unique example of the restoration of a degraded ecosystem, offering a fulfilling experience in rural eco-tourism.”

BOOKINGS AND HOW TO GET THERE:

Their website is currently out of order, so you can enquire and book through:

Email: lakshfarms@gmail.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/farm_tourism_at_lakshfarms/?hl=en

Village Mangar is a 1.5 hour drive from Central Delhi, making it relatively easy to reach and an ideal spot for picnic lunches, if one is not inclined to stay the night.

Private pool open only to people who book cottages

TYPES OF ROOMS:

There are five cottages available for booking. Each cottage has a double bed and a pull-out bed, allowing it to room 4-5 people. The owners encourage single party bookings at a time, regardless of how many cottages are booked.

Rustic Cottages at Laksh Farms

THINGS TO DO:

Appreciate Nature: Their vast swathe of land houses a few thousand indigenous and ornamental fruit trees and shrubs. They practice organic farming using vermi-compost and bio waste, and all vegetables served in their meals are organically grown on their land. Animal lovers will delight in seeing dogs, cattle, goats, ducks, and geese, as well as an abundance of peacocks and deer in the area.

Walk / Rock-climb: Apart from relaxing walks on the property, one can visit the ‘sacred forest’ around the Gudariya Baba Shrine. Rock-climbing expeditions can also be organised.

Swim: Private pools are a precious commodity with the onset of the pandemic. The overall review of Laksh Farms goes up a rating because of its luscious private pool, open only to guests staying at the cottages. Nestled amongst trees with a view of the low-lying Aravalli hills, it’s a picturesque spot!

Eat: Indulge in delicious home-cooked traditional Haryanvi food, made on the wood-fire chulha by the local village women employed by them; and fantastic western dishes made by the owner and chef Shiv Lumba. There is no bar on the premises, so it is advisable to carry your own alcohol if you so wish.

Shop: To increase employment opportunities for the locals, the owners of Laksh Farms, began designing and retailing garments stitched by the women of surrounding villages. You can browse through their collection at the property or order online here: https://www.instagram.com/onlinelaksh/?hl=en

Entertainment: Their dining / recreation area offers table tennis, carrom, and a selection of card and board games.

Delicious food cooked on the chulha
Pomelos growing in Laksh Farm gardens
Fresh paneer

REVIEW OF LAKSH FARMS:

I’m going to approach this review of Laksh Farms by first highlighting the points that work in its favour, and then sharing my thoughts.

  • It offers eco-tourism at its minimalist and rustic best
  • Patrons feel happy to support the local economy by generating jobs for villagers
  • Provides access to an exclusive family / close-group experience
  • Allows you to enjoy time off from the city in the lap of nature
  • The rooms are comfortable and modern with all amenities in place, while ensconced in a rustic and unique setting
  • You can enjoy delicious organically grown food that is made fresh. A variety of Indian and western cuisine options are available
  • It is a prime example of sustainable living, advocating a slow way of life
  • It is easily accessible from Delhi-NCR
  • Provides access to a private pool

Keeping these pointers in mind, Laksh Farms is indeed rustic eco-tourism at its finest. However, it comes with a hefty price tag. Each cottage, inclusive of all meals, is priced at around Rs 25,000 per night.

People who find this pricing too steep, can still enjoy the benefits of the property and its meals through day-long picnic bookings which are much more reasonably priced. Day-bookings include access to the property (not the pool), lunch and evening tea, fresh lemonade and buttermilk, camel and tractor rides, rock-climbing and nature walks.

Overall, I recommend a visit to Laksh Farms as an interesting and memorable experience. Whether you choose to stay the night or only visit for a picnic, depends entirely on your budget and travel preferences!

Have you been to Laksh Farms? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below and do share any other thoughts you may have.

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This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla and sponsored by BakezbyDaizy.

This post is part of Blogchatter’s CauseAChatter Environmental Talks

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49 comments

  1. Looks like a fantastic place where one can breathe fresh, eat fresh and even buy handmade products. Eco-tourism where one can run their business without harming the environment is the real necessity these days.

  2. Laksh farms sounds so interesting. I love the rustic look but the interiors are plush and comfortable. This kind of weekend getaway is the need of the hour in these stress filled days.

  3. Laksh Farms looks like one gorgeous and luxurious place. I can just imagine how appetising that food cooked on a chulha would have tasted, also fresh paneer! Bet you had a refreshing holiday!

  4. It’s a beautiful place. Nice to go outside especially in this unprecedented time. Thanks for sharing your experience…

  5. A staycation at the farmhouse near my house sounds great! Thanks for the review, my first excursion after lockdown is planned just now:)

  6. Wow! This looks like a great place to relax and rewind. The fact that there are only 5 cottages and so many activities to do makes me want to go there asap. I am going to plan this on my next trip to Delhi. Thank you for this detailed review.

  7. For me I always love to spend my time at eco friendly properties and Laksh Farm seems perfect example. The sustainable green tourism and slow travel both just defined this farm in a way. I would love to visit this place.

  8. I love your travel vlogs, Noor. This looks like a lovely place. I liked how rustic yet charming it is. Reminds me of my uncle’s farm. There is that special something about farm life.

      1. Laksh farm sounds like an interesting place to enjoy a family vacation. It’s good that they offer day picnic option too. People who can afford cottage can still enjoy other activities.

  9. Seems like a place to visit. Food cooked on a chulha has a taste of its own. I liked their lighting in the evening around the tress. It looks so beautiful.

  10. Looks like you had a fun time. I am still not very keen on travel though i have visited a couple of restaurants only after so many months. Hopefully soon. Btw that panneer block looks yummmmyyy!

  11. The current situation calls for curated staycations instead of visiting crowded places for sure. This place looks like a great choice to unwind from the daily rig.

  12. Laksh farm sounds like an interesting place to enjoy a family vacation. It’s good that they offer day picnic option too. People who can afford cottage can still enjoy other activities.

  13. People always associate Gurgaon and Faridabad with highly industrialized and corporate infrastructure. However, there are so many hidden gems on the highway that connects these two cities. This post brought back so many memories of my Faridabad days.

  14. I like the way you have Described all the significant as well as unique features of lakshya farms searching for a weekend Getaway I think my search has ended here and time explore, “Trecking and eco friendly” are the most features for me.

  15. It seems that you enjoyed this place a lot. The place is really nice and peaceful. Farm house is like a refreshing place for those who live hectic life in urban areas.

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