Rural Idyll in a working farm.
The state of Punjab has a unique offering for travellers immortalised by some of the best Bollywood films beautifully portrayed as golden yellow fields, the backdrop for many song and dance sequences. Mustard fields, generous people and their robust cuisine launched the unique idea of farm tourism in the state of Punjab; and Citrus County was among the pioneering stays curated to a urban audience looking for rural idyll. Within easy access to Amritsar, Pong wetlands, Anantpur Sahib and Dharamshala, Firdaus by Citrus County invites fatigued business men and women and over worked professionals to ‘retreat’ in nature. Firdaus is Persian for ‘paradise’ or ‘jannat’ and is Citrus County’s working farm – set on a citrus grove and close to a forest reserve inviting travellers to experience agro-forestry and agriculture at close quarters.
The great outdoors is the unique proposition of Firdaus, cyclists, hikers, four wheel drives, bikers , foodies and those who would like the feel of water close to them, there is the option to float out on the clear waters of the Nara Dam reservoir.
Know Your Host
Harkirat and Jasveen are brilliant hosts, your party is being planned even as you are confirming your booking. A cook and someone passionately involved in telling the Punjab story from its heritage to Sikh history to its cultural richness through festivals, farms and cuisine, Harkirat has built Firdaus...
Harkirat and Jasveen are brilliant hosts, your party is being planned even as you are confirming your booking. A cook and someone passionately involved in telling the Punjab story from its heritage to Sikh history to its cultural richness through festivals, farms and cuisine, Harkirat has built Firdaus as a getaway that is fun, yet provides delightful learning and insights; created opportunities for families to bond while connecting them with local culture and community.
One of the first few pet-friendly farmsteads within driving distance from Delhi, Chandigarh and Amritsar; Firdaus also has an airport at Adampur and a Railway Station within an hour’s drive. Set in over 20 acres of a working farm of poplar, kinnow, orange and grape fruit trees, Firduas is curated as an outdoor and active farm stay. Four large and independent villas are spread out with open spaces that encourage guests to stay outdoors for as long as possible and this is the charm of Firdaus by Citrus County.
Two Villas have two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a common lounge and sitting while two others have one bedroom with attached bath and a lounge. A small functional pantry is common to all the villas. Every villa has access to the outdoors which is why Firdaus is popular for activities like forest hikes, cycling and four wheel driving safaris. The rooms are comfortably furnished with sunny colours, spacious allows sunshine and nature in. The villa configurations are such that it is perfect for a family of four and ideal to be bought out by a group of friends and family.
Winter days are perfect to sit out under large garden umbrellas to leisurely sangrias and multi course meal. Harkirat is a generous host and the cuisine is a definite highlight at Firdaus as he invariably joins in and cooks up a storm. Some of the specialities include mustard fish, homemade village style mustard greens (sarson ka saag), mutton curry, Indo-Chinese and tomato paneer. Remember to ask for their signature ‘detox’ tea cocktail made with fresh orange tea, honey, cinnamon and rum. Dinner around a campfire, barbeques and cooking on a slow fire will always be some of the best moments of your stay.
Popular among children and young adults, Firdaus encourages children to ‘be a farmer for a weekend’ where children are given duties and towards the end of the session discuss challenges, insights and ideas about farming. Parents with children drive down from Delhi and other surrounding cities, sometimes even long distance from Mumbai, for experiences that are focussed on children and young adults. Firdaus is also perfect for star gazing, birder, cyclists and those keen on active holidays. For years the farm stead has been a base to experience the Holla Mohalla festival at Anantpur Sahib. For those interested in history, the Gurudwara of Anantpur Sahib has a museum dedicated to Sikh history.
A family getaway, a special occasion, a retreat and also an active holiday. Great for children to engage in activities like ‘being a farmer’ and learning about agriculture and agroforestry.
Open all year
As a partner with RARE India, their focus on community employment, water conservation, low plastic footprint, local and organic produce are attributes that Harkirat is very proud of. He also tells great stories and is proud of the culture and heritage of the region – be it the cuisine, Sikh traditions or local village life, these are places alive with real people and their stories. Having begun in 2008, Harkirat discovered that farming was becoming limiting and farmers needed to supplement their incomes. Firdaus by Citrus County was born to provide an experience to itinerant travellers from around the world while creating opportunities for the local community through skill development, hospitality training and opportunities to sell farm produce.
by gurmeetks on 02/28/2021
Visited Citrus County Firdaus from 25th February to 27th February... some friends had already visited it and had said good words about it, so decided to give it a try. I will be very...
by himanshu0072015 on 01/21/2021
We were there for five days, at the relatively new six independent cottage suites' Firdaus complex of Citrus County. Set amidst the Poplar trees, and Kinu Orchards, the place is a serene haven of...
by TamiJ44 on 01/03/2020
What a lovely experience! All the staff there are so accommodating and go out of their way to make your experience a good one. They organised activities such as truck tour around kino (orange) farm...