Casba Farm Stay Experience on Mohali’s Outskirts

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An invite to visit and review Casba, a B&B offering farm-stay experiences on the outskirts of Mohali, found me breakfasting on piping hot paranthas and tea in the manicured lawns of an evidently spanking new building replete with modern amenities; while uniformed staff waited around. 

This seven-acre farmhouse hemmed in by farmlands on two sides and a busy road and a railway track on the others, is located in village Swara on the Chandigarh-Sirhind highway.

Well-appointed rooms (a tad musty due indifferent maintenance, or perhaps we arrived pre-season) on two levels, a swimming pool, restaurant, and recreational/gym facilities amidst vast lawns are juxtaposed alongside a guava orchard, some marigold fields and a tiny open-to-sides enclosure where the field-hand’s family lives. A lone goat masquerades as livestock. The rest are fibre glass.

Completely at odds with my own version of farm life, the owner, at hand to show us around, explains to us this concept of farm tourism. He shared that on his many visits overseas, he sensed the desire in second-generation Punjabis to visit ‘home’.  Yet they were ill-equipped to handle the very features that define farm-life: open spaces, dust, unchained livestock, and the unhesitant ability to get your hands dirty when required. Ergo, the sanitized environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ergo, too, the micro-introduction to rural existence. Fair enough, I say, for them pernickety sorts. It may be somewhat sub-par for those looking for the real McCoy, though. Visit for their yummy paneer and aloo parathas; get your gur-chai off the chullah. Laze around in the winter sun as you look out at rolling acres beyond the immediate premises. Do remember to call ahead, else you may walk into a film shoot or wedding ceremony…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puneet Sidhu
Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu, travel enthusiast and the author of Adrift: A junket junkie in Europe is the youngest of four siblings born into an aristocratic family of Punjab. Dogged in her resistance to conform, and with parental pressure easing sufficiently over the years, she had plenty of freedom of choice. And she chose travel.

She was born in Shimla, and spent her formative years at their home, Windsor Terrace, in Kasumpti while schooling at Convent of Jesus & Mary, Chelsea. The irrepressible wanderlust in her found her changing vocations midstream and she joined Singapore International Airlines to give wing to her passion. She has travelled extensively in Asia, North America, Australia, Europe, South Africa and SE Asia; simultaneously exploring the charms within India.

When she is not travelling, she is writing about it. Over the past decade or so, she has created an impressive writing repertoire for herself: as a columnist with Hindustan Times, as a book reviewer for The Tribune and as a contributor to travel magazines in India and overseas. Her work-in-progress, the documenting of colonial heritage along the Old Hindustan-Tibet Road, is an outcome of her long-standing romance with the Himalayas.
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