Built on a private land, Thakran Farms is 40 kms away from Gurgaon and blissfully secluded from the modern world. Away from the noise, light, or air pollution, there is not much that can distract you from the surrounding natural beauty.
What you will see here has a history that is more than four generations old. The land was acquired from the Nawabs of Pataudi in exchange of silver coins some 110 years ago. It is the actual site where Sabi River crossed during floods while flowing down from Rajasthan and crossing Pataudi. There were days when a thick Kikar forest covered every inch of the ground, before the cultivation began some 70 years ago.
Since then, the landscape has been constantly changing. Today, as a quiet and serene farm, we have something to keep every member of the family busy. The expansions and improvements are a steady feature as we continue to build “a way of life” for corporate executives and the families alike. There’s been a strong focus on plantation and making the place as green as possible. From four neem trees at the farm at the time we started cultivating it, we have now planted more than thousands trees and plants of various varieties. We also have orchards with 200 trees each of Mango, Kinnow, Lemon, Malta, Ber, Guava, Sitafal, Jack Fruit, Orange, and Mausami.
Our hedge maze is one of its kind and biggest in India. Spread in an area of 2.5 acres, it will soon be operational with its 3 kms of walking path with 18 circles. Its centre is 80 feet in diameter which can easily house around 70 people at a time.
The farm also has hundreds of bird feeders and houses to attract birds and increase their population. You can easily spot some common birds like parrots, peacocks, sparrows, woodpeckers, mynas, kits, kingfishers, and koels. We laso have a small pond for ducks and fishes.
A conference hall, specifically made for senior executives to conduct their meetings, is also coming up. It is expected to be completed by 2015 and will be able to cater up to 50 people.
Thakran Farms is managed by Nakul Thakran, the founder of the farm. Cultivating the entire 19 acres of land from just a piece of soil to a well-defined vision, Thakran Farms is the story of being so captivated by a place and a project that no hurdle is undefeatable.
Nakul has over 11 years of experience in the hospitality sector. He completed his Hotel and Restaurant Management from IIMT, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom in 2003, and began his career with Radisson Edwardian Hotels in London, where he worked for a year. He later joined Carlson Hospitality Marketing to take care of their research, sales, and creative communications. Next stint was with ITC Fortune Select Global in Gurgaon where he led the research, design, execution, and results assessment stages of marketing campaigns. He then moved to Ambience Hospitality and worked as Associate Director Sales & Guest Services for 3 years, and worked with Ramada Gurgaon Central as Head of Sales & Marketing before starting his own farm at Pataudi. Nakul also holds an MBA degree in marketing from Aston University, Birmingham
An adventure enthusiast with six years of experience in real estate and hospitality industry, Madhulika has gained practical knowledge by working alongside professionals and using various opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge in real-life situations.
She brings style, creativity, and warmth to everything she does by combining her operational knowledge and skills with the dynamic insights of the rest of the team to provide a valuable contribution. She holds a Bachelors and Masters degree from the Delhi University. She has also done PG in Tourism and enjoys travel, experimenting in kitchen & loves outdoor sports.
As the co-owner of Thakran Farms, Yudhister is responsible for managing the animals and birds. He understands the importance of nurturing every living being on the farm, while suggesting the activities that guests can perform to suit their individual interests.
Yudhister works closely with Nakul and Madhulika to suggest, establish, and monitor progressive changes, while additionally handling any issues with the local villagers. He lives at farm most of the time with his beautiful pug dogs.