BORED with the usual holiday where you land up on beaches and hill stations teeming with people

? Tired of crammed hotel rooms and eating the usual fare? Instead, try agri-tourism for the out-of-the-box experience. Where you can actually hear your own breathing and listen to chirping of birds… This is one of the fasted growing tourism activities. Indians and International visitors are very much interested in knowing the history of the India, since most of the people come from an agricultural ancestry, they would want to know what their fore fathers did for a living. This is great opportunity to get back to the rural roots. Come...Discover the true culture... Agriculture in rural India Agri Tourism offer edutainment farm tours in Malegaon Village, where guests would be given information about the cultivation of grapes, sugarcane, pomegranate, guava, mango, chikkoo, Custard apple, coconut, lime, banana, amla, jackfruit, anjeer, and many more fruits plantation, there will be visit to dairy farm, milk collection centers, goat farm, emu (like ostrich bird) farm, or get an insight of sericulture (silk producing) production of jaggery and sugar. This information farm tours will be laced with an entertainment programme in the evening. Guests will be acquainted with Marathi folklore like Bharud, Jagran Gondhal, Shekoti folk songs (all these are combinations of songs, drama, acting with music and dance). This place will try to give you nostalgic memories about the games that you might have played in your childhood like gillidanda, gotya, lagori, galori and bhavra. Tourists can also go for the village sight seeing tour, mingle with locals, know about their administration (Gram Panchayat, visit schools know their lifestyle. This would give tourists food for thought. Agri Tourism is however not all about staying in a village and relishing the food. This is an opportunity to be close to where the 75 % of Indians live. “One of the best things about staying on a farm, is that guests can contribute to the place through their involvement,” Our idea is to make tourists live life like a villager, right from milking the cow, ploughing the field, bathing in a well to climbing a tree and plucking fruits,” says ATDC Director (sales and marketing) Pandurang Taware. Why Agri Tourism? Mother Nature is an open door school without brick walls, observe carefully, explore the hidden treasures and learn something or the other. Moreover India is Agriculture Country; hence it is expected of us to be well informed about it. Today urban children’s world is restricted in the closed door school, classes, cartoon programs on the television, video games, chocolates, soft drinks, spicy fast food, computer, internet, and so on, they see mother nature only on television screen, Now it has become very necessary for the children to know the traditional agricultural farming activities, and other businesses dependant on agriculture. Here children come very close to Mother Nature and learn many new things in life...

Children get first hand experience of the agricultural activity on the farm, they can freely roam in the 110 acres of agricultural farm, see and touch various types of fruits and domestic animals like cows, sheep, goats, emu birds, learn the milking process of the cows and goats, get an insight into how silk is produced, raw jaggery and sugar is made. Agri Tourism is a wonderful way to make students / children aware of the village life

Agri Tourism Offers: Rustic farm tours, farm vacations, seasonal harvest festivals, village fairs. Hence there are lots of local, regional, national and even international visitors attracted towards it. Onsite Accommodation facilities and amenities • • • • • • • • 13 twin sharing accommodation with modest bedrooms, self content washrooms, toilets & bathrooms, Good quality bedding mattresses, bed linen. Dining facilities with genuine Maharashtrian home cooked food Window screens and coverings. Clothes storage and door locks. Electricity Generator Back Up facility (limited hours). On site Medical Help and Doctors on call, 24 hrs security personnel. Dormitory accommodation for bigger groups

Agri Tourism on- site attractions /activities: The Guests here are welcomed in a traditional way with kumkum and garlands, and then invited to relish an authentic breakfast made by local farmer • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Fruit Plantations Tour, understanding the growth cycle pattern, Fruit Food Values etc. Tourists and kids are given the information of the supply chain cycle from farmer to the customer Cow Farm Tour, Cow milking, visiting the taluka milk processing units. Tourists are told about of how milk, cow dunk by products are made, and then benefits for mankind. Sheep and Goat Farm Tour, goat walking, milking Sericulture Farming with retail counter to buy silk cloth and silk sarees Farm Equipment Museum Medicinal Plantation Tour, understanding the uses of plants in day-to-day life. Practical demonstration of various experiments on crops and fruits. Demos on Various Modern methods of water irrigation. Large nursery of mother saplings to help grow superior grade fruits trees. Here tourists Can get information on the different types of saplings. Soil analysis, fertilizers, plants and animal feed and agriculture know how. Rural Games like (gilli danda) vittudandu, gotya, bhavra, bullocks cart and tractor rides. Bee Hive Demo farm. As an alternative to electricity the trust has installed solar, windmill, biogas, and other unconventional modes of energy generation. Rural folk music and songs programme.

Souvenir shop and Fruit Stall: Here tourists can buy small wooden bullock carts, mud articles, specialty pickles, papads, Milk products, jaggery, sugar cane, fruits, food grains, village and rural theme paintings, plant saplings, silk cloth and sarees, and many more rural specialty products as souvenir gifts. Agri Tourism Offsite attractions. • • • • • • • • • • • • Hon’ble Shri Sharad Pawarji’s Museum. MIDC Airport station and Strip. Nearby Village fairs and weekly bazaars. Educational Campus of Agricultural Development Trusts and Vidya Prathistan. Winery Unit/ farms Sugar Factory and Jaggery making Units. Water Percolation Tanks Religious Temples with scenic locations Taluka Milk Collection Centre. Uajjani Dam backwater boating, glimpses of migratory birds like Flamingo Birds. Visit to Cow Dairy Farm, get an insight about the By-Products of cow milk, cow dunk etc. Nearby Emu Bird (Australian Ostrich Bird) Farm.

What do some of our Guests Say? 1. “What I enjoyed the most here is serene silence,” says a visitor and a faculty member of the department of computer sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. A break from the routine life helped him to unwind and focus on his work ahead. 2. Recently, a group of 14 Korean students visited the farm and carried home precious memories of rural India. Says Gun Hee, who attended the tour, “I loved the Indian food and learnt how silk was made. In Korea, farmers use machines but here, I saw the manual process.” 3. A group of 125 children who recently visited Baramati got a taste of farm life. Says Jaisinh Nimbalkar, a senior executive from MNC, who escorted them, “The children learnt about irrigation and were fascinated to see silk being made from the silkworm. 4. SPM School Pune Head Mistress says, “This students trip to Malegoan Agri Tourism farm has definitely brought about an awareness among the children about life in rural India, which reflects the Indian traditions and culture so well” 5. Pune Shoppers Stop head says “visit to Baramati agri tourism farm was refreshing, our team of more than 200 staff members got the glimpses of rural life, everybody was very fascinated to swim in the well, and dance to the tune of rural folk songs and music.” 6. Abs Fitness Pune founder says “the staff and people of the agri tourism Baramati are good hosts, the rural authentic lunch served was so delicious that we had to take the afternoon nap under the mango tree, the farm tour was so educative that most of the things we eat in everyday life, were not known how it was produced in the agricultural farms.” 7. Times of India wrote “WOW What a Trip! Its more than a field trip, this farm tours offer the children a complete rural experience.” Dated 2nd Feb 2006

8. Sakal Madhurangan ladies group leader says “ it was very different kind of trip, every woman had forgotten their age and behaved like kids to get close to nature, while returning back home they carried the memories of rural beautiful scenery, pure air, wet mud fragrance in their mind” 9.Mrs. Swati Sawarkar: Traditional welcome is so touching, home cooked meals were served in chikku farm, and person tends to eat more here and why not? The simple maharashtrian food was so delicious. The Entire Agri Tourism Farm area is beyond my dream heaven. Staff is very polite and helpful, silk processing, bulk cart ride, tractor rides, cow milking experience was ever lasting memories, weekly bazaar of the village was very good and colorful. Clearly, tourists opting to visit agro-tourism farms are nature lovers, or those who get to see little of nature’s bounty in the concrete jungles of big cities. Food for thought: Population of India has increased five folds since 1947. After the partition the land got divided and subdivided per generation currently only one fourth of the land is now available on an average per person as compared to year 1947. Agriculture as a business is becoming more and more expensive and many farmers cannot afford it. To add to this the gradual loss of fertility of land that is giving diminishing yields. Unless and until the farmers start business of any form to compliment and support to their income from land, they shall be doomed to eke out a bare existence below poverty line. In order to encourage farmers to establish small and viable business like Agri Tourism in rural India.ATDC has formed guidance assistance committee to render advice and technical know how. • • • • • • 75 to 85 % of Indian Population live in villages. On realizing their difficulties and needs we feel there are still many things than can be done for these people. The ATDC has been concentrating its efforts all along for the overall upliftment of the farmers in rural areas. 90% of the rural community earns its livelihood from agriculture directly or indirectly. To improve the standard of living of the rural people there is a need to improve and increase the per capita income from farmers land. For this, new approaches beyond traditional farming will have to be considered in their farms. Agri tourism is one of them. The rural youth particularly the school dropouts, illiterate backward and neglected rural women constitute more than 50% of our rural population. Unless we undertake welfare activity for this section of the community, social upliftment remains uncompleted.

The Agri Tourism Development Corporation Pune has always been diverting its efforts as per the changing needs of the section of the social fabric; the ATDC shall continue to do the same... Agri Tourism Tour Price: The Farm Tour price is worked out very economically and hence every tourist who would like to experience this kind of Tourism activity can comfortably afford it. Further we request you to write to us or call us for more customized tour options. AGRI TOURISM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION National Sales Office: 1st Floor, Karnik Heritage, Lane opp Barista Coffee F.C. Road, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune – 411004 Tel: 020 – 2553 5599, 2553 9600, 2553 0643,

Agricultural Development Trust Sharda Nagar Baramati Site/ Destination Information: • • • • • • • • • • Village Malegoan Taluka Baramati; Maharasthra’s. The first Agricultural Tourism Village. The Malegoan Village is very scenic place situated just 5 kms from Baramati the population of the Village is approx 35000 the grampanchayat is the largest in the Baramati Taluka. Its Office is unique Place to watch. The Place where the Tourist will stay overnight is Agricultural Development Trust is only 2 kms from the Village. The village has Grape Farms. Sugarcane Farms Pomegranate Farms Guava Farms Vegetables and Fruits Farms Silk Formation. Jaggery making units

Near By Attractions

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Daund-Baramati branch line of 44 km opened in 1914 was owned and managed by GIP.The loco shed at Daund served this section which homes 3 ZE locos. This Steam Engine is kept at the entrance of the railway station Malegaon Sugar Factory. Hon’ble Central Agricultural Minister Shri Sharad Pawarji’s Mementoes Exhibition Hall. McDowell Liquor Factory. Heritage Buildings in the Town Pilmigrage Temples like one of the Asthvinayak Morgaon Ganesh Temple. Supa Temple, Sharada Educational Centre in Malegoan. Scenic Place Karange (40 kms) Big Poultry Farms. Dairy Milk Collection center. Gul making at gural (very interesting to see) Pajar talao.

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Entertainment: 1. Festivals or fairs or Jatra 2. Kirtan 3. Baharud 4. Gondhali 5. Lavani 6. Fugadi 7. Dol Lezim 8. Animal husbandry demonstration 9. Village sightseeing 10. Visit to the stud farms 11. Agriculture demonstration (Folk dance, Folk music and Nagara party Activity on demand on extra charges 12. Visits to local melas, heritage spots & village rituals 13. Bullock cart ride Rides-Tractor 14. Experience of the rural sports as wrestling

What can you do? How to be a responsible traveler… • • • • • • Learn about the cultures and places you are visiting before you go - welcome will always be warmer if you take an interest, even speak a few words of the language. Know and respect the local traditions and behavioral expectations - always ask before photographing people and do not enter buildings, private homes or holy sites without permission. Support local businesses by using locally owned accommodation, restaurants, tour guides and shops. Buy local produce in preference to imported goods. Pay fairly for goods and services Do not buy products made from endangered species, hard woods, shells from beach traders or ancient artifacts Use public transport wherever possible - one of the very best ways to get to know the local people! Share your culture freely (postcards of your home town make excellent small gifts and can provide an interesting talking point with the locals) but don't impose it, and don't assume that people who do things differently are inferior they're just different Discover where the locals eat, where they go on their days off and whether there are any local festivals or events taking place during your visit Respect the environment. Take litter home with you and use water sparingly in many countries, sufficient clean water is a valuable resource If possible, support organizations working for the preservation and conservation of natural and cultural resources and the rights of workers in tourism fields Travel with Go Differently and give something back to the communities you visit

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