Perch yourself atop a hill, amidst the birds, bees and trees and let not technology affect you. Banyan Bliss, a homestay on the hills near Khopoli, Maharashtra promises to let you do just that. Run with love and care by Beena and Vinod Nair, Banyan Bliss is a three-room cottage, built using recyclable, environment-friendly material.
It is the fairytale wonderland package that we all envisioned in our childhood. Hilltop with a view, a Banyan tree with a shade under a bubbling river, a lotus pond with guppy fish, and rambling treks to run amok with your pet. From leisurely strolls across endless acres of safe and idyllic forest trails, to rustic village walks, or a bullock cart ride to a dip in the Amba river, or sleeping under a charpoy or in tents at night gazing at the stars above, to treks of your choice either up the mountain to the local village deity 900 feet above mean sea level or trying your luck at fishing deep in the forest in a valley from where the mountain streams begin, or a walk across the mountain to either Bushi Dam, Amby Valley or even Lonavala, there's a lot you can do here.
The rooms are cozy, comfortable, and fairly aesthetic too. They have a cob cottage with a four-poster bed and dreamy white drapes, which is our favourite. The room is made of mud so that keeps it cool. There's an Earth and Valley room, a loft, a den, and a master room too, the rates of which are all different. The rooms start at INR 5,800 and that includes all your meals of the day.
This homestay is right out of a novel and we cannot wait to go back here for a blissful vacay under the shade of the Banyan trees. Have you booked it yet?