Attra Holiday and Camping Farms – Best vacation spot in Mumbai

For anyone who lives in the city, we all know that waking up in peace is a luxury.  With the hustle and bustle, pollution and never-ending tension, there is a lot on our mind and hence relaxing comes last on our list.

But not here!

Here, all your eyes can see is the color green.

Here, all you can hear is the sound of birds chirping, rain falling and winds blowing.

Here, all you can do is sit in silence and do NOTHING but still be happy.

Here….. Is Attra Holiday and Camping Farms!

What can I find in Attra Holiday and Camping Farms?

Attra has 10+ acres of nature loving land which houses 3 huge and spacious properties. These houses can accommodate a big crowd. The food is very good and is not your usual modern cuisine. It’s more on the Indian side but tastes too good. Apart from stay, they arrange for tons of activities to ensure you have a good time. These activities are;

  • Rifle shooting
  • Swimming Pool
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Table Tennis/Carrom
  • Conference Room
  • Barbeque
  • They can also arrange a class for Yoga and Self defense!
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Why should I visit Attra Holiday and Camping Farms?

When I visited Attra, it rained crazily. There was not much that I could do outdoors but that did not stop me from having a good time. The best thing about Attra is that it brings you close to nature.

  • You can take a walk around the property and bask in the scenic beauty around you.
  • You can use the swing and reminisce your childhood memories.
  • You can become a child again and go berserk running around.

First of all, there’s something for everyone here. So hence I feel it’s an apt place for a holiday!

Where can I find Attra Holiday and Camping Farms?

Attra farms can be found on the Karjat-Khopoli route. You can reach here from both Pune and Mumbai. Via trains, you will have to get off at Karjat station and then take a cab/rickshaw towards the farms.

Are there any attractions around Attra Farms?

Yes. There are 2 such attractions which you can check out;

  • The famous Nitin Desai studios (ND) which has been used for shooting Big Boss and many more film sets.
  • Morbe Dam is very nearby and hence visiting a dam will be a good experience too.
A dam nearby to Attra Holiday and Camping Farms, Karjat, Mumbai

In conclusion, I would say that I have visited too many places over the past 3-4 years and Attra makes me want to visit them again and again! I will end my post by telling you that this place is for everybody! So do visit them when you can, for Attra is waiting to serve you!

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Shooting at Della Adventure Lonavla, pune

Della Adventures – Best Theme Park in Lonavla

One of my favorite aviators Amelia Earheart once said that “Adventure is worthwhile in itself”.

It is that feeling of doing something full of thrill, not knowing what lies next which makes an adventure memorable. Working 5-6 days a week almost makes me feel like a machine that has a routine to be followed daily. It’s the “Bilbo Baggins” in me (Lord of the Rings reference) a hobbit that waits for the next adventure so he can be free and create a new memory.

On one such occasion, we friends decided to go for an adventure of our own. This was how we discovered Della Adventures.

Where can we find Della Adventures?

Della Adventures is a theme park with more than 50+ thrilling activities for everyone. They are situated in Lonavla, Maharashtra. The closest way to get there is either by Road which would take you roughly 2.30 hours or else by Rail. You can opt for express trains which take less than 2 hours to reach Lonavla station. Then you can hail a private cab or rickshaw to the Adventure Park.

Transportation Pricing:

By Rail, an express ticket must cost you 100 rupees one way from Mumbai to Lonavla. From Lonavla station to Della Adventures, the fare ranges from 100-150 rupees.

Ticketing and Offers:

The average Day ticket along with GST would cost you 2065 per ticket. This includes free rides. If you want a Jumbo Pass which allows you to utilize all the rides available in the park.

For women, there is a flat 50% off only on Sunday.

For those who have their birthday, they get a free ticket for a Day Pass.

Rides and Attractions:

They have indoor and outdoor sports which keep you occupied all throughout the day. For those who don’t like the hot sun and outdoor sports, they can enter the sports bar that houses Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360. These virtual games are as follows;

Table Tennis - Indoor Games

Indoor Games: (Air conditioned)

  1. Boxing
  2. Tennis
  3. Dancing
  4. Football
  5. Racing

There are also games like;

  1. Pool
  2. Foosball
  3. Table Tennis
  4. Carrom Board
  5. Chess
  6. Dart Board

Outdoor games:

Mini Games:

  1. Single/Double seat cycling
  2. Slingshot
  3. Crossbow
  4. Della shooting range
  5. Archery
  6. Net Hard Ball cricket

Outdoor activities:

  1. Dog walking
  2. Horse Riding

Adventure activities;

  1. Water Zorbing
  2. Land Zorbing
  3. Low Rope Challenge
  4. Ground challenge course
  5. Roller Zorb
  6. Vertical Rope challenge
  7. Artificial rock climbing
  8. Della Knockout
  9. Ball fighting
  10. High rope challenge
  11. Rocket ejector
  12. Flying Fox
  13. Rappelling

My experience in Della:

These are the games and attractions that you can utilize in the One Day Pass. I really had a good time in the indoor sports bar with all the games like Foosball and also the virtual games like Dancing, Racing, etc.

When it comes to outdoor activities;

  • The Vertical and High rope challenge is something you must not miss. These test your strength, stamina, fear and also the will to succeed. They really are worth the money. Be ready for some bruises on your body.
  • Flying Fox is yet another easy ride where you are tied to a harness and you fly above a good height which gives you an aerial view of Della! Go for this experience and you’ll forget your fear of heights
  • Rocket Ejector is another thrilling ride where you are tied with a harness and then ejected upward. The feeling is like that of pulling a rubber band and then letting go. That moment when you reach up and fall down, that makes you feel so vulnerable. It’s an amazing experience.
  • The indoor games are also worth your time. You can spend the entire day playing indoors too. We liked our time inside the air-conditioned environment.

Food and Drinks:

Della has quite an amazing section that houses different varieties of food and drinks. There are Dhaba styled restaurants, resto-bars that serves wine and fine dining. There’s also a Thali place and also pizzas, burgers and ice creams. So, in short, there is something for everybody. The pricing, however, is between reasonable to high. Nothing is cheaper inside in terms of food and drinks.

My suggestions:

  1. As much as possible go in a group as there are more opportunities and games where you all can play together.
  2. Please try and arrange for a vehicle and go to Della. Using public transport is fine until you leave in the evening with a tired body that just craves rest.
  3. As much as possible have a good and heavy breakfast before you enter the Della gates at 11 am. That would help you in feeling less hungry. No packaged food is allowed within.
  4. Carry a 2-liter bottle, sunglasses, and Cap, a towel and sports shoes. These are basic requirements within and hence please follow them. You can purchase water bottles but they will cost you 60 rupees per bottle.
  5. There is a general baggage counter right at the reception where you can keep your bags. You can visit this counter and use your bag or remove stuff that you want for free. There is also a locker facility inside Della for 400 rupees that can be utilized.
  6. Try visiting Della when it is someone’s birthday or if there are more females in the group. This helps in saving a lot of money in ticketing. Check various offers available for students, ladies and birthday offers.

How do I get to Della Adventure Park?

For people living in Mumbai, you can either take a bus to Lonavla. Then an auto rickshaw ride for 15-20 minutes will lead you to Della Adventures.

If you opt for railways, you can take the Intercity Express from Dadar at 6.52 am and reach Lonavla around 8.45am. Then take an auto rickshaw ride towards Della.

Finally, if you own a vehicle, you can drive directly. This will take a maximum of 3 hours.

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Arwa Farms – A Nature Friendly Destination

Imagine a place where you are standing still.

All that’s around you is greenery.

There are calm winds creating a soothing sound.

You do nothing but get immersed in this moment.

This moment is of nothingness.

Sometimes doing nothing is good.

Arwa farms are one such place that has all of the above. This is the brainchild of ace photographer Fawzan Husain, a photographer who has been in the corporate industry for almost 2 decades capturing moments commercially and also in Bollywood. He now has created a place that’s organic, nature friendly and perfect for those who like to unwind with a calm environment away from the city.

The owner of Arwa Farms, Fawzan weaving magic.
Capturing a moment of the man who himself is awaiting to click that perfect shot

The meaning of Arwa is “Pure”. As the name suggests, Arwa Farms is a pure source of environment in or around Mumbai.

You can find this farm 15-20 minutes away from Dahanu Rd station. For Mumbaikars, this should not be more than a 2-3 hour drive away. On the first look, you can witness the house being made using the bare minimum of non-nature-friendly materials. Using bricks, wood, and every other nature-friendly material, this place has been created.

The bed too is so comfortable and again nature friendly
There's old artifacts and phones!

There are many rooms which can accommodate a group of 4-5 in a single room and also a separate room for couples. They have open space on the ground floor and also on the first floor. Both the open spaces are amazing, windy and perfect for playing games, huddling up and sharing stories and also having a drink and enjoying your dinner.

The ambiance in this Mumbai staycation is amazing.
The owner of Arwa Farms explaining the organic process for the plants.
Fawzan explaining how the manure is made!

The area of Arwa farms totals to 7 acres.

Yes, 7 long acres of greenery, plantation of lemongrass, dragon fruits, and pineapple, different leaves which are good for your health and many more. The manure is created here on the farm and utilized for growing everything. Most of the food you get to try has been grown on the farm itself. Having unpolished food, salt, sugar, etc was something I only experienced back in Mangalore. It was nostalgic for me to be here and remember my home town.

Same goes for dal and the rest of the food.
The bowl is nature friendly and food is organic in Arwa Farms

When someone will ask me, what’s the hot topic about this place that makes me visit it instantly; I would say “There is nothing here”. Only like-minded people will understand & rejoice to visit such a place. There is no air conditioning and television. The network connection fluctuates all the time. If you like to connect with nature minus technology and leisure, this is the place you ought to visit. My stay here was nothing less than exceptional. Fawzan was an amazing host. On the farm daily, you can find him with the workers helping around with the farming. His creation is a way of giving back to nature and that’s what I adore. It takes a lot of passion and will take so much effort.

Greenery in Dahanu, Mumbai is too good to be true.
The nature surrounding Arwa Farms, Dahanu is epic.

To make a booking for stay;

 
Address – Arwa Farms, Chari Village Ashagad,
Near Hardik Farm, Dahanu Road, 401602
Contact – +91-9820298876 / +91-98202 70423
Cost – INR 1800/- person per day with complimentary breakfast (free for kids below 6 – check for availability while booking) 

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