Rukhla is an offbeat village located 70 km east of Simla in Kotkhai tehsil of Himachal at a mild altitude of 6500 ft. This is where a bit of real Himachal still remains fairly untouched by the tourists. A three hour hike from Rukhla takes you to the highest point where you can have a mesmerising 360 degree view of Greater Himalayas. The village is well known for its majestic flora and fauna including Black Bear, Barking Deer, Musk Deer, Langur, Leopards and Monal. Himalayan Griffon vultures are also regularly seen in the region.
The Rukhla Farmstay is a dream project of Michael, a British and his Himachali wife Devanshe. As the name suggests, it is a working farm where agricultural activities like looking after the orchard and handling livestock goes on. There are chickens, goats, hens and cows in the farm. It is structured into five main buildings, three of which are for the guest and rest are used by Michael and Devanshe and their staff. There is no TV instead they have DVD screens and projector installed in the common living room. It has a Billiards Room, Yoga Studio, a well stocked library, Table Tennis and Badminton court. Each of the guest bedrooms are a delight and you’ll be spoilt for choice. The house has rare pictures and artifacts which have been carefully selected by the hosts, from all over the world.
Before meeting Devanshe, Michael had been teaching in various countries. Besides the UK he has lived and worked in Spain, Italy, North Africa, the Middle East and Japan. Devanshe is a native of Rukhla, a trained teacher and also a good piano player. They started working on the farm in 2012 and finally in 2016 they left Japan and made it their home forever. They both share a love for nature, handcrafted artifacts, theater, poetry and music.
All meals principally are homegrown and homemade, based on the farm produce or locally sourced. They serve both North Indian and western cuisine. They also specialise in local Himalayan dishes such as Siddu, Maash-Rajma as well as wholemeal crepes, eaten with honey and ghee or roasted poppy seed chutney. Daily dairy products including Butter, Yoghurt, Ghee, Buttermilk, Paneer etc. are sourced from their own dairy farm. Non-vegetarian dishes can be provided on a prior notice at an extra cost of 100/-. Evening tea is usually served with our home-made cakes.
Hot Water • Laundry (extra charge) • Electric Blankets and Room Radiators • Underfloor Heating in Bathrooms • Fireplace in Living & Dining Room • Common Seating Areas • Garden • Fish Pond • Bon-fire & Barbecue • Library • DVD collection with Projector • Snooker Room • Table Tennis • Badminton • Petanque (Lawn Boules) • Board Games
Trekking • Guided forest walks • Village Walk • Bird Watching • Star Gazing • Cow Milking • Jam & Cheese Making • Mushroom Foraging (in July & August only) • Reading • Lunch Picnic at Hanging Rock • Poetry Reading
Single Person: 1500/- pp (External bath and toilet)
Triple Sharing: 2000/- pp (External bath and toilet)
Double Occupancy: 2500/- pp (Ensuite bath and toilet)
Includes: All meals (Veg.) and Beverages
Lodging and food for driver or maid: 500 /- per night.
Upto 5 year: Complimentary (no extra bed)
6-12 year: 50% (extra bed provided)
1. There is no wifi or television. Enjoy the nature, give yourself a digital detox.
2. No shoes inside the house. House slippers can be provided but they must not be taken outdoors.
3. No smoking anywhere indoors. Please use ashtrays provided outside.
4. Please respect meal timings.
5. There is no room service.
Snake Mother Temple • Kiari temple (10 km) • Chaal Mata temple (13 km) • Sararu Pass (18 km) • Nag Devta Temple (20 km) • Kotkhai (20 km)
Hatu Peak (35 km) • Hatkoti Temple (40 km) • Narayan temple (42 km) • Shimla (70 km)
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