Diwali vacations call for a special day out with the kids. We had our long awaited day trip visiting a lovely farm followed by a picnic by the lakeside. Here are some glimpses of the day out with kids.
Thangavel Date Plantation
When we came to know of a cutting-edge farm near our city, we had our minds set on visiting it along with the kids. The Thangavel Farm and Date Plantation is an innovative and modern farm near Nagpur. Upon reaching the farm, we were pleasantly surprised to hear melodious Christian music playing on the loud speakers. We soon found out that the owners practice Plant Music Therapy!
The owner Mr. Thangavel, along with his family, breaks all the stereotypes and makes an excellent example for the kids. The Thangavel family experiment and improvise on their farm by implementing modern farming methods. Away from the city crowds, they have built an enviable life. Along with their progressive and state-of-the-art farming techniques, they stay connected to every advancement in the field of technology including an impressive social media presence. It isn’t surprising then, that celebrities from Bollywood actor and land-owner Ritesh Deshmukh to the High commissioner of Mauritius, are among the ones to visit the first-of-its-kind date plantation in Central India.
The date plantation is a novelty, but the kids also loved other plants new to the area. The strawberry patch and the mushroom farm were a hit. And what surprised us most of all was the Dragonfruit and the ‘Black Guava’. Shona Thangavel, our host, welcomed us graciously and took us through her farm. I will let the pictures speak further of our lovely visit.
Enjoying the Farm Life
Picnic by the Lakeside
We had planned to proceed to the popular ‘Bor Dam’ ahead, for our picnic lunch. But thanks to our friendly hosts at the Thangavel Farms, we came to know of a lovely lake just ahead of the farm. The ‘Bhivkund’ lake and dam was much more quiet and serene. Since the kids were not ready to leave the farm earlier and it was almost lunch time, we decided to take our lunch there. Everyone agreed unanimously that Bhivkund made a lovelier picnic spot and we had the place almost completely to ourselves!
After the lunch of homemade poori-bhaji, fruits and Diwali mithais, the other members of the family lazed around in the shade of the tree. Grandma put the baby to bed (Yay! God bless Grandmas!) and Mamma-Papa went exploring with the older ones.
But before heading out in the sun, don’t forget the sunscreen!
Once we were all refreshed and rejuvenated, it was time for some fun in the water.
On to Bor Dam
Well fed and relaxed, we now proceeded to Bor Dam. Bor Dam is fairly popular and the place was crowded, even though we reached very late. We all agreed that it had been a great idea to stop at Bhivkund for lunch, but we did not want to miss the beauty of Bor Dam too 🙂
A visit to a farm is hands-on education for kids combined with a lot of fun. My 11 year old returned with a lot of information in her head. The last I heard, she was telling her friends about Strawberries being harvested in December (and that she visited a farm that was recently visited by Ritesh Deshmukh…lol!). My 5 year old enjoyed a glimpse into the farm life, natural scenery around the lakes and leisurely family time. He also weaved a spooky story about a ‘Haunted House’ near the bare tree at the Bhivkund lake.
And my 20 month old enjoyed meeting the friendly farm dogs, other farm animals and splashing and throwing stones into the water! And not just for the kids, really. Adults get to learn a lot too! It was not only a much-needed break from city life, but also an excuse to leave work behind and solely focus on enjoying with the kids. With family members to take turns with the kids, such trips are also a great way for Mommy and Daddy to re-bond with each other!