3 Days Citrus Farm Cooking Holidays in India

  • Citrus County Farm Stays, Chhauni Farms, Ram Colony Camp, Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India

Rural Cooking Vacation in India

Chhauni Farms derives its name from the village of Chhauni, nestling close to the Shiwalik Foothills. Citrus County, a large well appointed villa within Chhauni Farms, is home to Harkirat, his wife and sons. They invite you to come to Citrus County and savor a bit of rural Punjab, with traditional recipes from the Punjabi kitchen and a tour around the farm.


  • Engage in fruit picking
  • Guided walk through the farm
  • Learn how to cook traditional Indian food with homemade traditional family recipes
  • Enjoy Punjabi hospitality nestled in a citrus farm
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Evening bonfire
  • 2 days with instruction
  • English
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Citrus County Farm Stays offers 3 guest suites within the house and 9 luxury tents that ensure the privacy and comfort of a home. Each spacious room within the house features views of either the pool or the lush garden. The bedrooms each have a king sized bed, an attached private bathroom and some sitting space both within the bedrooms and in a lobby immediately outside the rooms.

Each of the fully air-conditioned rooms is equipped with a TV, wireless broadband internet and oil heaters. The tents are similarly equipped, including attached bathrooms, air conditioning and heating, However to keep the true spirit of tented accommodation alive we have opted not to install televisions in the tents. The bathrooms are large, clean and have running hot and cold water as well as rain showers.

Day 1

  • Arrival at Citrus County
  • Check in into a luxury air conditioned tent
  • While you settle down, we prepare to cook the dishes for the day
  • The afternoon would be in an orchard setting and the cooking demonstration on slow fire. A gin tonic or a chilled beer would be handy
  • Evening around a bonfire

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Take a walk around the village to see the rural settings and experience a Punjabi lifestyle
  • Lunch on slow fire
  • Evening with bonfire

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Departure
  • Fruit plucking in the farm
  • Visit to the green houses
  • Walk around the village

The vacation takes place in the citrus county of Hoshiarpur farms. Hoshiarpur is a small and a quiet town in the Doaba region of Punjab. Located in the lap of the Shiwalik range, it is considered to be the greenest of the districts within the state. A large number of people from this region have settled abroad. Their remittances have in turn helped the area to prosper, making it arguably one of the most prosperous in Punjab. The handicrafts from Hoshiarpur too are very popular and are exported to various countries.

  • Cooking classes
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Shopping nearby
  • Swimming pool
  • Table tennis
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Picnic area
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Wireless internet

All meals are home-cooked using traditional Punjabi recipes.

Day 1


Chicken biryani - An exotic dish made with rice and chicken, cooked on slow fire, using a variety of different spices. The Biryani is cooked until the time the flavor of the meat is infused in the rice. Usually this dish is eaten with plain curd and salad.

Palak paneer - Basically this translates into spinach cooked with cottage cheese. The spinach is cooked in a typical north Indian manner and garnished with local spices. Cooked with the flavor of garlic this is a favurite in winters. The cottage cheese is an homemade cheese made of cows milk.


Mutton curry - An in-house specialty of Citrus County, this is a tender goat meat curry. The mutton is cooked with a lot of onions and a paste of curd and tomatoes. The mutton is cooked till it is tender and the gravy has a nice rich brown color.Karahi paneer- Cottage cheese cooked in a semi dry curry, made with lots of onions tomatoes and capsicum.

Jeera rice - Rice cooked the Indian way with lots of cumin seeds and onions. This goes very well with mutton curry.

Day 2


Bhuna chicken - This is a chicken which is first roasted with spices in an Indian wok and then allowed to cook on a slow fire till the chicken is tender and flavored. This can be served as a dry dish or made with slight gravy.

Tandoor chicken - This special marinated chicken is a lifestyle with the Punjabis. For them chicken and wine is something very close to the heart .They could part ways with the better half but not with the chicken and wine. This dish is originally from Afghanistan but it came naturally to Punjabis. It is cooked in a clay oven and cooks with the heat of the charcoal.


Mutton biryani - A dish which can trace its history back to the mugals. The flavor is distinctly non vegetarian. The mutton is cooked with the rice till they are a confluence of flavor. The trick is allowing the flavors of the spices and meat to be absorbed in the rice.

  • Golfing
  • Participating in some local cultural events
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tour the city and check out some of the local handicrafts
  • Trip to a dairy farm
  • Tour around Himachal Pradesh
  • Tour to the new Heritage Sikh Museum
  • Trip to Chandigarh
  • Visit to the Golden Temple
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Culinary activities
  • Guided walk through the farm
  • Meals
  • Taxes

Arrival by airplane

The closest international airports are at Amritsar (ATQ) and New Delhi (DEL).

The closest domestic airports are at Amritsar (ATQ) and Chandigarh (IXC).

Arrival by train

The closest train stations are at Phagwara, Chandigarh and Jalandhar.


  • Review by a traveler from India

    "Citrus County Home Stay in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, is one of the best places to stay in Punjab, and it is not just because of the location, the property (all of that is also fabulous), but importantly, because of the owner of the place, Harkirat. He takes care of you as his personal guests and ensures that every small and big need is given equal attention. We experienced home stay for the first time and because of our fantastic stay, we have become a huge fan of this concept. Thank you, Kirat, for making our holiday memorable and we did go back as friends! Will connect soon."

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  • Review by a traveler from India

    "Have lost count on the number of times I have visited this wonderful property. The resort, the food, the accommodation, the service and the wonderful host and hostess have only grown from strength to strength. Though best in winter, a visit this year in June was as delightful. During the day, the air conditioning with 100% power back-up keeps you comfortable, but surprising the moment the sun sets, it is pleasant and comfortable to sit outdoors among-st the very green surroundings. For the more adventurous, there is a small pool filled with chilled tube well water to lounge around in and keep you really cool. All round a great package for 2-3 days, anytime during the year. Cheers to the Citrus County Team!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Canada

    "After staying at various hotels during my 3-week vacation in India, I spent 3 nights at Citrus County and was very pleasantly surprised by this unique experience; I had a tent stay. I found it to be a relaxing and peaceful rural experience with exceptional hospitality and personal attention. Harkirat and his family and staff went out of their way to ensure I was comfortable, safe and healthy during my stay. I truly appreciated the wonderful meals and service and would gladly come back again to stay, enjoy the surrounding property and visit with my friends at the Citrus County."

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  • Review by a traveler from Australia

    "This is a place where the family warmth compliments your stay, where the flavors of home cooked meals compliment your taste buds, where the citrus trees compliment the surrounding freshness and greenery, where you come to know about true Indian hospitality. By staying in their home, you feel like a family member."

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  • Review by Jane W

    "Such a glamorous and fun holiday! As part of a tour group of 22 Australians, we arrived by bus near midnight from Amritsar after visiting the Golden Temple. Very, very cold night but we were welcomed by toasty warm glamorous tents (each with a 4-star en-suite), and a warm meal around the fire pit. Over the next 3 days we were given a tour of the local village and the citrus groves, with a picnic in the groves with lots of fresh orange juice. We were also treated to some excellent shopping brought right to the door (wholesalers brought their produce on bikes to sell at discounted prices, including a range of the most amazing local shawls and scarves).The host family are incredibly generous with their time, great cooking, tours and knowledge of the local area. While there a group of South Africans also moved into the accommodation and even joined in our Wedding - getting married in a Hindu wedding with all the trimmings with all the Australia guests dressed to the nines. Great fun! Could not recommend this accommodation more highly - a truly unique experience - and first class facilities. Slept like a log in the cozy bed with big warm covers!"

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  • Review by Atul B from India

    "The place is actually fixed tents in a citrus farm next to the house of owners. The best part is that the owners themselves play host and keep you as their personal guests than a visitor or client. The host, Mr. Ahluwalia has a great passion for bikes, drives, meeting new people and makes sure you get the best experience staying with them."

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  • Review by Susan Bittencourt from Brazil

    "I stayed at Citrus County for a week in April. It was a fantastic experience. Harkirat and Jasveen make you feel like part of the family and their staff is always very helpful. The hotel is actually a farmhouse full of history with wonderful rooms that have everything you may need including internet and cable television. The highlight of the day was always the candlelight dinner in the beautiful garden, delicious food and company. Everything was just perfect! Thank you so much for everything, Harkirat and Jasveen!"

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Hoshiarpur, India

A citrus county providing farm stays in rural India.

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