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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 in English
Spoken languages: 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

Included excursions

  • 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.

Things to do (optional)

  • 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

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Culinary activities
  • Guided walk through the farm
  • Meals
  • Taxes

How to get there

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.

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