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Dhun Heta Bungalow

Dhun Heta Bungalow

This bungalow was built in 1914 in the typical architectural style of the British Raj. The bungalow has a sloping roof covered in Galvanized Iron sheets typical of the local architecture and refective of the local climate. A high ceiling keeps the bungalow cool even in the hottest months
  • Rs. 2500 per person per night including breakfast, tea, coffee anytime and a fruit basket on
    the table.
  • Children below 11yrs enjoy a complimentary stay.
  • Additional meals can be cooked by our cook at no extra cost, if you provide the groceries.
  • 4-bedroom bungalow (4 double beds and 2 extra beds,
    each with attached bath and running hot and cold water.
  • Can accommodate 8-9 people.
  • One infant bed.
  • One bedroom is air conditioned.
  • Crockery, cutlery and linen provided.
  • Dry months: October-May; Wet months: June-September
  • Three fully equipped kitchens with electrical appliances such as refrigerator, gas stove,
    microwave, oven, toaster and dishwasher.
  • Books in every room, 3 TV with Tata Sky connection.
  • A well maintained garden, a wishing well, tree lined avenue and a private forest next
    to the bungalow.
  • Driver accommodation available at Rs. 300 per night (breakfast not included).
  • NO SMOKING in the house; no other restrictions.
HOW TO GET THERE
BY CAR: Take the expressway from Bombay to Bangalore via Pune, after Pune look out for a KFC on the left and a flyover on the right, go under the flyover towards Wai. At Wai, keeping the bus stand to your left, take to Pasarni Ghat. At the top of Pasarni Ghat is Harrisons Folly. Enter Panchgani up to Shivaji Maharaj Statue. At the statue, turn left. Turn left again at the crossroad, St. Joseph’s Church is on your right and Mount hall apartment is on the left. Dhun Heta bungalow and Jena cottage is on the left.
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Jena Cottage

Jena Cottage

This cozy family getaway was built in 1968, of brick and stone. A low false ceiling runs along the whole cottage to keep out any noise of the raindrops on the roof. The verandah has windows all along one side to allow for a view of the garden and the towering silver oak trees on the grounds.
  • Rs. 2000 per person, per night, including breakfast, tea/coffee anytime and a fruit basket on
    the table.
  • Children below 11yrs enjoy a complimentary stay.
  • Additional meals can be cooked by our cook at no extra cost, if you provide the groceries.
  • 2 ½ bedrooms (1 double bed, 2 twin beds and 2 extra beds),
    each with attached bath, running hot and cold water. Can accommodate up-to 6 people.
  • Crockery, cutlery and linen provided.
  • Dry months: October-May; Wet months: June-September
  • One fully equipped kitchen with electrical appliances such as, refrigerator, gas stove,
    microwave, oven, toaster and dishwasher.
  • Books in the library, 1 TV with Tata Sky connection.
  • A well maintained garden, a wishing well, tree lined avenue and a private forest next
    to the bungalow.
  • Driver accommodation available at Rs. 300 per night (breakfast not included).
  • NO SMOKING in the house; no other restrictions.
HOW TO GET THERE
BY CAR: Take the expressway from Bombay to Bangalore via Pune, after Pune look out for a KFC on the left and a flyover on the right, go under the flyover towards Wai. At Wai, keeping the bus stand to your left, take to Pasarni Ghat. At the top of Pasarni Ghat is Harrisons Folly. Enter Panchgani up to Shivaji Maharaj Statue. At the statue, turn left. Turn left again at the crossroad, St. Joseph’s Church is on your right and Mount hall apartment is on the left. Dhun Heta bungalow and Jena cottage is on the left.
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MAIA HERITAGE

MAIA HERITAGE

Maia Heritage House was built in 1936 and restored in 2009. It is a typical Indo-Portuguese structure, with a front patio (balcony) and sloping roof covered in Mangalore tiles. The flooring is French and the furniture is antique rosewood.
  • Rs. 2000 per person, per night, including breakfast, tea/coffee anytime and a fruit basket on
    the table.
  • Children below 11yrs enjoy a complimentary stay.
  • Additional meals can be cooked by our cook at no extra cost, if you provide the groceries.
  • 19th century heritage home completely restored with modern amenities.
  • 8 kms from the beaches of Calangute, Candolim, Baga.
  • 10 kms from the Saturday Night Markets, Mapusa Friday market.
  • 14 kms from Panaji city.
  • 3 bedrooms with antique furniture, 2 modern bathrooms with linens.
  • Large hall and dining room with dining table, coffee tables and chairs.
  • Family room with a TV bearing a Tata Sky connection.
  • Fully equipped kitchen (washing machine, mixer, toaster, kettle, utensils and crockery).
  • Private sit-out amongst two rare trees and a freshwater well.
  • WiFi available.
  • Driver accommodation available at Rs.300 per night (breakfast not included).
  • NO SMOKING in the house; no other restriction.
HOW TO GET THERE
Nearest airport: 1 hour from Dabolim airport
Nearest railway station: 40 minutes from Thivim station, 30 minutes from Karmali station (Old Goa)
Nearest bus stand: 20 minutes from Mapusa.
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DEVRAI ROCK DOKRA MARKET

DEVRAI ROCK DOKRA MARKET

THINGS TO DO

Devrai Rock Dockra

Panchgani
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The art form known as ‘Dhokra’ that uses lost wax technique for nonferrous metal casting traces its origin to the Mohenjodaro Dancing Girl around 2500 BC. Largely prevalent in Chattisgarh, West Bengal and Orissa as Tribal Art, it is admired for its primeval simplicity and folk designs.

In Devrai Art Village, we have added a new dimension to this ancient lineage by creating a fusion of stone and brass – a technique never tried before. We believe in the evolution of art and not its mere preservation in a museum like manner. After all, a culture draws its sustenance both from being rooted and growing organically.

Constant experimentation with mediums, forms and techniques adds vitality and creativity to our everyday work. We have also successfully blended Dhokra with pottery and begun with a new range of artefacts. Casting real leaves and branches in brass has enabled us to replicate the intricate texture and forms of nature so that no two artefacts are ever similar.

Our Molten Metal Mural series have an avant-garde look where compositions are created blending the abstract and the crafted pieces of iron and brass.

A visitor to Devrai Art Village can not only carry back home a unique piece of art but also get a glimpse of the process and interact with the craftsmen/artists at work.

Note: Located about 15 minutes away from Dhun Heta Bungalow. Devrai art village is the first left turn from the Sanjeevan Vidyalaya Pandit stadium.

Contact person: Mrs Mandakini Mathur
Mobile number: +91 9923339726
Email id: mandakini.mathur@gmail.com

Hand Quilting

Panchgani
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Ms Tejinder Walia has invited women from the local villages around Panchgani to make exquisite quilted blankets, cushion covers, table cloths and all sorts of beautiful linen for the home. Expert teachers come from all over the world to add to this traditional knowledge of Godri making. Proceeds of the products on sale go to charitable causes.

You can pick up any of these items at reasonable prices from her home cum workshop. It’s a 20 minute drive on the Panchgani-Mahableshwar road, facing the Krishna Valley.

Contact person: Ms Walia
Mobile number: +9192327502

Saturday Night and Fine Art

Goa
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Arpora is a village close to the North Goa beach belt, in India’s tourism-destination state. Very famous for its night market, “The Saturday Night Market”. Open during the tourist season, it is a colorful vast market. Consisting of people from around the world selling and showcasing their goods. Be it the musical mouth harps or mouthwatering food, you can find it all here.

It’s a 10 minute drive from the Maia Heritage House towards Arpora, pass Nagoa village.

Goa has a number of excellent fine artists. Visit the Art Chamber, Calangute during working hours and contact Yolanda De Sousa, Artist and Women’s Football World cup Champion.

It’s a 10 minute drive from Maia, next to St. Alex’s Church, Calangute.

Mobile number: +91 9822160073
Email id: yolandasousa@gmail.com

The Art Chamber also stocks fine works of other artists like Nirupa Naik.
Nirupa can be contacted on +91 9881775198

Rajendra Usapkar another fine artist works from Mapusa.
He can be contacted on rusapkar@yahoo.com
His contact number is +91 9833901414

Two other art galleries worth a visit are Gallery Gitanjali in Panaji, their email id is
gallerygitanjali@gmail.com

Shaista Thapar’s collection in Margao. You can contact Shaista on +91 9823057061.

For walking tours in Panaji, contact Jack Ajit Sukhija at +91 9823025748 or
Anthony Gaskell at +91 8605626644.
The tours are conducted by the Goa Heritage Action Group.

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HAND QUILTING

HAND QUILTING

THINGS TO DO

Devrai Rock Dockra

Panchgani
IMG_4898

The art form known as ‘Dhokra’ that uses lost wax technique for nonferrous metal casting traces its origin to the Mohenjodaro Dancing Girl around 2500 BC. Largely prevalent in Chattisgarh, West Bengal and Orissa as Tribal Art, it is admired for its primeval simplicity and folk designs.

In Devrai Art Village, we have added a new dimension to this ancient lineage by creating a fusion of stone and brass – a technique never tried before. We believe in the evolution of art and not its mere preservation in a museum like manner. After all, a culture draws its sustenance both from being rooted and growing organically.

Constant experimentation with mediums, forms and techniques adds vitality and creativity to our everyday work. We have also successfully blended Dhokra with pottery and begun with a new range of artefacts. Casting real leaves and branches in brass has enabled us to replicate the intricate texture and forms of nature so that no two artefacts are ever similar.

Our Molten Metal Mural series have an avant-garde look where compositions are created blending the abstract and the crafted pieces of iron and brass.

A visitor to Devrai Art Village can not only carry back home a unique piece of art but also get a glimpse of the process and interact with the craftsmen/artists at work.

Note: Located about 15 minutes away from Dhun Heta Bungalow. Devrai art village is the first left turn from the Sanjeevan Vidyalaya Pandit stadium.

Contact person: Mrs Mandakini Mathur
Mobile number: +91 9923339726
Email id: mandakini.mathur@gmail.com

Hand Quilting

Panchgani
IMG_4898

Ms Tejinder Walia has invited women from the local villages around Panchgani to make exquisite quilted blankets, cushion covers, table cloths and all sorts of beautiful linen for the home. Expert teachers come from all over the world to add to this traditional knowledge of Godri making. Proceeds of the products on sale go to charitable causes.

You can pick up any of these items at reasonable prices from her home cum workshop. It’s a 20 minute drive on the Panchgani-Mahableshwar road, facing the Krishna Valley.

Contact person: Ms Walia
Mobile number: +9192327502

Saturday Night and Fine Art

Goa
IMG_4898

Arpora is a village close to the North Goa beach belt, in India’s tourism-destination state. Very famous for its night market, “The Saturday Night Market”. Open during the tourist season, it is a colorful vast market. Consisting of people from around the world selling and showcasing their goods. Be it the musical mouth harps or mouthwatering food, you can find it all here.

It’s a 10 minute drive from the Maia Heritage House towards Arpora, pass Nagoa village.

Goa has a number of excellent fine artists. Visit the Art Chamber, Calangute during working hours and contact Yolanda De Sousa, Artist and Women’s Football World cup Champion.

It’s a 10 minute drive from Maia, next to St. Alex’s Church, Calangute.

Mobile number: +91 9822160073
Email id: yolandasousa@gmail.com

The Art Chamber also stocks fine works of other artists like Nirupa Naik.
Nirupa can be contacted on +91 9881775198

Rajendra Usapkar another fine artist works from Mapusa.
He can be contacted on rusapkar@yahoo.com
His contact number is +91 9833901414

Two other art galleries worth a visit are Gallery Gitanjali in Panaji, their email id is
gallerygitanjali@gmail.com

Shaista Thapar’s collection in Margao. You can contact Shaista on +91 9823057061.

For walking tours in Panaji, contact Jack Ajit Sukhija at +91 9823025748 or
Anthony Gaskell at +91 8605626644.
The tours are conducted by the Goa Heritage Action Group.

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SATURDAY NIGHT AND FINE ART

SATURDAY NIGHT AND FINE ART

THINGS TO DO

Devrai Rock Dockra

Panchgani
IMG_4898

The art form known as ‘Dhokra’ that uses lost wax technique for nonferrous metal casting traces its origin to the Mohenjodaro Dancing Girl around 2500 BC. Largely prevalent in Chattisgarh, West Bengal and Orissa as Tribal Art, it is admired for its primeval simplicity and folk designs.

In Devrai Art Village, we have added a new dimension to this ancient lineage by creating a fusion of stone and brass – a technique never tried before. We believe in the evolution of art and not its mere preservation in a museum like manner. After all, a culture draws its sustenance both from being rooted and growing organically.

Constant experimentation with mediums, forms and techniques adds vitality and creativity to our everyday work. We have also successfully blended Dhokra with pottery and begun with a new range of artefacts. Casting real leaves and branches in brass has enabled us to replicate the intricate texture and forms of nature so that no two artefacts are ever similar.

Our Molten Metal Mural series have an avant-garde look where compositions are created blending the abstract and the crafted pieces of iron and brass.

A visitor to Devrai Art Village can not only carry back home a unique piece of art but also get a glimpse of the process and interact with the craftsmen/artists at work.

Note: Located about 15 minutes away from Dhun Heta Bungalow. Devrai art village is the first left turn from the Sanjeevan Vidyalaya Pandit stadium.

Contact person: Mrs Mandakini Mathur
Mobile number: +91 9923339726
Email id: mandakini.mathur@gmail.com

Hand Quilting

Panchgani
IMG_4898

Ms Tejinder Walia has invited women from the local villages around Panchgani to make exquisite quilted blankets, cushion covers, table cloths and all sorts of beautiful linen for the home. Expert teachers come from all over the world to add to this traditional knowledge of Godri making. Proceeds of the products on sale go to charitable causes.

You can pick up any of these items at reasonable prices from her home cum workshop. It’s a 20 minute drive on the Panchgani-Mahableshwar road, facing the Krishna Valley.

Contact person: Ms Walia
Mobile number: +9192327502

Saturday Night and Fine Art

Goa
IMG_4898

Arpora is a village close to the North Goa beach belt, in India’s tourism-destination state. Very famous for its night market, “The Saturday Night Market”. Open during the tourist season, it is a colorful vast market. Consisting of people from around the world selling and showcasing their goods. Be it the musical mouth harps or mouthwatering food, you can find it all here.

It’s a 10 minute drive from the Maia Heritage House towards Arpora, pass Nagoa village.

Goa has a number of excellent fine artists. Visit the Art Chamber, Calangute during working hours and contact Yolanda De Sousa, Artist and Women’s Football World cup Champion.

It’s a 10 minute drive from Maia, next to St. Alex’s Church, Calangute.

Mobile number: +91 9822160073
Email id: yolandasousa@gmail.com

The Art Chamber also stocks fine works of other artists like Nirupa Naik.
Nirupa can be contacted on +91 9881775198

Rajendra Usapkar another fine artist works from Mapusa.
He can be contacted on rusapkar@yahoo.com
His contact number is +91 9833901414

Two other art galleries worth a visit are Gallery Gitanjali in Panaji, their email id is
gallerygitanjali@gmail.com

Shaista Thapar’s collection in Margao. You can contact Shaista on +91 9823057061.

For walking tours in Panaji, contact Jack Ajit Sukhija at +91 9823025748 or
Anthony Gaskell at +91 8605626644.
The tours are conducted by the Goa Heritage Action Group.

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TESTIMONIALS

TESTIMONIALS

Testimonials

Piyush Patel

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“We were so excited to exploit your old and beautiful bungalow that we were just waiting for that day to reach panchgani……as soon as we reached panchgani by 9.30 am……we entered your bungalow…..from the outside itself we got lost in your unimaginable bunglow…..the cleanliness was excellent……and so was food…..we had a good breakfast of poha and fruits with tea and coffee……panchgani was a good place with a pleasant weather……what we liked the most of panchgani was your bungalow…..it was wonderful with all the old things………old wash basin, old furniture, 3 old beds….it was fantastic….we loved each and every moment at ur bungalow…the best part of DHUN HETA was it was very big and quite comfortable and better than hotels…..there was so much freedom and warmth in your bungalow that we were all feeling that we were in the home itself…..everything was excellent.”
Kush Ganatra

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“Ever since we walked in, we felt we were transported to a different world. That’s probably got to do with the old world charm of Dhun Heta. It’s well maintained, amazingly, decorated and extremely comfortable. We would like to point out that the service by your staff was impeccable, especially Sharadji. We didn’t miss our home cooked food! We didn’t realize how time flew by and that’s testament to the fact as to how memorable this trip was. Thanks for opening your door for us! We’ll be back for sure.”
Deoashish, Rolima, Aarohi

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For me it went something like – ‘’You read an article in TOI, some years ago, you have never been to Panchgani before and then down the line you discover the place & all of a sudden you see ‘’DHUN HETA’’ and everything you’ve read in the past is remembered.’’ Sometimes real good things just happen to you in your lap and you feel ‘’ULTRA HAPPY’’. The stay was a pleasure. DHUN HETA is an experience. Experience of how a family has grown but still is so grounded. We stayed for a night but this is still insufficient. We would be coming for more of this experience next time. Thanks to Sunita Mavshi and Sharad for their awesome food and hospitality. Finally it’s a place that lets you sleep like a baby. Thanks.
The Chakrabartis

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This is our fourth visit here. We love the place, the calmness around and the homely feeling. Meena is such a wonderful cook!! Part of our reason for opting to stay at Jena Cottage.
We’ll be back again! Soon!
– Love and God bless
Mohammed Zaki

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“Jena Cottage is surrounded by lush, green, dense forest. The cuckoo’s malhar, whispers of the trees and creepers, chirping noise of the sparrow and the sorrowful song of the dove gives immense pleasure and peace of mind as well as complete fulfillment to the tourists staying in the lovely Jena Cottage.”
Gool Patel

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If you want your soul to touch roots then Maia is the right place. It has joy and peace and a space that creates a small heaven, in your dreams you have often yearned for a perfect place and living in Goa in this house that has a blessed energy, makes it all worthwhile. Truly a
spiritual and wholesome experience – Divine food, divine peace and divine atmosphere – Goa at it’s best in this heritage heaven.
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ABOUT US

ABOUT US

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The town of Panchgani is set against the dramatic backdrop of the second largest tableland in the world. This tableland was formed by volcanic action and is found nowhere else in India. Its flat land has a small lake, two caves and is a wonderland of wildflowers in spring. Curiously, all the twenty-two residential schools in Panchgani use the flatland of this tabletop mountain as football (soccer), field hockey and exercise fields.

Panchgani was first ‘discovered’ by John Chesson, a British civilian on the lookout for a village in the hills near Pune that would be ideally suited for a school town. British children were in fear of dying of the plague in Bombay, the capital of the important Bombay Presidency, and Chesson was entrusted with the task of finding a suitable village that could provide a clean, disease-free environment for the young. Panchgani’s crisp mountain air and friendly people were considered ideally suitable for such a village. Boarding schools were soon set up for these privileged children of the British in Western India. It was not long before the wealthy merchant princes of Bombay began seeking admission in these schools for their own children.

The story of Dhun Heta bungalow, Jena and Joy Cottages also begins with one such child‘s history. It begins with the schooling of a little girl named Manijeh Patell, the only child of a wealthy merchant stationed in faraway Aden (now Yemen). Considered too young to be left to fend for herself ina boarding school, 7 year old Manijeh was placed in the St. Joseph‘s Convent at the foot of Tableland in 1929 while her mother Tehmina lived with a retinue of servants at Dhun-Heta across the gates. Their home was then called Abbas Villa, named after the Nawab of Wai who had once owned it. The high point of their lives then, as Manijeh says, “was Papa Rustomjee‘s visit from Aden once every two years”.

Manijeh finished her schooling from the Convent and grew into a beautiful young woman when she met her future husband at a seaside resort near their ancestral home of Surat in Gujarat, also in western India. Manijeh and Boman married and their young family (Heta, Dhunrumi, Jena and Diana) lived for the most part in Baroda visiting Panchgani only during the summer. And while Heta, Dhunrumi and Jena went to day school in Baroda, Diana, the youngest, was aboarder at the Batha School in Panchgani.

Their love for their beautiful home in the hills never wavered. The bungalow you visit, therefore, is not a resort. It is our home.

THERE IS MORE TO LIFE THAN A HOUSE IN GOA – HETA PANDIT

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Heta Pandit’s new book spans over 60 years and as the blurb says, “As fate would have it, Goa drew her in more than a decade ago, but it took a blessing from the gods for author HETA PANDIT’s search for a literal place to call home to come to fruition. There’s more to life than a house in Goa is the story of that house in Saligao, Goa and with it is the stories of the other homes she inherited in Panchgani and Mumbai from her mother. No story of a house is complete without the story of the people who inhabit it and the people who once inhabited it. So the book is also the story of the author’s own life intertwined with the story of all the people who made these houses what they are today.”
There’s more to life than a house in Goa is available on www.ahouseingoa.com, in all Barnes and Noble bookstores and on amazon worldwide.
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CONTACT US

CONTACT US

For bookings contact Heta Pandit at: stayindia@gmail.com or call her on
+91 9822128022/+91 9833481576

For directions in Panchgani call our Security supervisor
Subedar Singh at : +919689580559

To discuss the menu for the day call cook Sharad on +919730152493 for
Dhun Heta Bungalow

+91 8698077782 for Sunita, caretaker at Jena Cottage.

For Goa contact Lona Rodrigues on +91 9923112801 for any
assistance and cook Anita on +91 9881499617 to discuss the menu for the day.

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