We are happy to share Chaitraban with old friends and the new…
We are a very small team at Chaitraban and are always busy with something at the farm. We are unable to accommodate general visits as often as we would like to. However, we welcome all visitors for a guided tour at our OPEN HOUSE (these visits are free), so that they can enjoy a visit when Chaitraban is at it’s best.
However, if you feel that you would like to visit us sooner for a guided tour, these visits will have to be pre-booked. Please contact us for more information.
Chaitraban is into the second phase of the design implementation. Now that the trees are growing in most parts, it is time to green up the understorey. This means that many things including the irrigation system needs to be rewamped and we need to put all our effort and energies into it. Hence, we are unable to accommodate visits without appointment.
Something about Chaitraban…
The homestead is a three acre property and is our weekend home. The south of the site faces the backwaters of Askhed dam. The site is an oasis in the middle of acres and acres of overgrazed pastures and monoculture deserts of potato. Chaitraban contains our home, a nursery, a store room, chicken enclosures and duck enclosures. The site is looked after by a family when we are away and they live on site. We have two dogs who guard the property.
Chaitraban is a working farm and is always a work in progress since the design is self-evolving now, after the mainframe is put in place as per the permaculture design made.
Visitors are requested to read the small note to make the visit more enjoyable for all…
Please call us or send mail to book a visit. We would like to ensure that we have sufficient time to be with you. We are compelled to stick to the time the visit is arranged for, to enable us to attend to other responsibilities and chores at the homestead.
Even though the dogs are friendly once we introduce them to you, they fiercely guard our property and the occupants. Please DO NOT open the main gate yourselves. Allow a few minutes for one of us to receive you at the gate.
Please keep to the well-marked walkways on the property and DO NOT step on the soil. We believe that the birds, animals, lizards and the like, including those underground are the owners of the site and they deserve to work and live in peace!
Smoking and lighting of any fire is strictly prohibited. The whole site is mulched with dry grass always and it is dangerous to use any fire with or without supervision.
Consumption of alcohol by visitors is strictly prohibited.
It is recommended to wear boots/closed shoes at all times. We have small and large, short and long friends occupying the grounds!
Chaitraban is a farm and is very different from a ‘Resort’. The visitors are requested to enjoy and maintain the tranquil atmosphere.
Any children accompanying the visitors is their responsibility and are requested to be supervised by the adults at all times. This is for their own safety.
All the water tanks are connected either to the bore well or to the open well and is safe to use except for drinking. It is recommended that the visitors carry their own drinking water, to be on a safer side.
We ask that the visitors either ensure that they do not carry plastic and if they do they are requested to carry it back with them, and not leave it on site.
A lovely homestay can be enjoyed with delicious meals by Shreya and Kunal. To know more, please click HERE.
Please note that we are unable to welcome visitors on any weekdays or on weekends without appointment, for the purposes of rest and privacy.
Internet and mobiles
Please be aware that mobile phone reception is weak or non-existent for most service providers at the farm (Vodafone network works in a few spots). Connectivity is good a little distance away, in the village, just a short distance walk up the road. There is no internet facility at Chaitraban.
By public transport
Chaitraban is in Village Parale (pronoun. Paraaley) and is three km from Village Pait, in Maharashtra state of India. The nearest airport is Pune. Public buses ply to and fro from Pait. However, there is no facility of public transport to Parale and to Chaitraban.
By private vehicles
Take the Pune-Nashik highway – Cross Chakan – Reach Shiroli junction – Turn left – Drive straight to village Pait – Before Pait village ends, turn left and down under the pink! arch – Go straight and turn left for Paraale where you will see a house with a blue tin roof – Keep straight and keep to the right – The road dips down and crosses a brook – Climb up again – We are next to the dam waters. Ask for the ‘Deshpandes’. Or ask for ‘Deshpande madamcha bunglaa’!
From Mumbai (currently, this road is under repair-please connect with us to discuss alternatives)
Take the Mumbai-Pune expressway – Take the Talegaon exit – Reach the old Mumbai-Pune highway and turn left – Make a U and turn left for Talegaon MIDC – Cross MIDC – Reach end of the road – Turn right – Reach a fork – Take the left – Continue on the road – Reach a ‘T’ junction where you will see small shops, including a barber – Turn right – Drive till the board of Dhamane – Take left for Dhamane – Drive straight till you reach a ‘T’ junction – Turn left for Pait village – Before Pait village ends, turn left and down under the pink! arch – Go straight and turn left for Paraale where you will see a house with a blue tin roof – Keep straight and keep to the right – The road dips down and crosses a brook – Climb up again – We are next to the dam waters. Ask for the ‘Deshpandes’. Or ask for ‘Deshpande madamcha bunglaa’!
‘Chaitraban homestead’ is on google maps.