We call it a Se(h)gal Love Story. You can call it something less cheesy, but the sweet elements remain: an affable family of four – the Sehgals – a quintet of dogs, mustard fields and a big box of jalebis.
Get written into the story of Windsong, a young bed & breakfast in Amritsar, where six rooms named after rivers in Punjab wait impatiently for visitors. The bungalow opens for business in October, but they’re taking reservations now.
Fifteen minutes from the main city, Windsong sits in the thick of a field, and depending on what time of year you visit, its offerings will be different: rice now, wheat in the summer and mustard in the winter. We know you’re planning to make a Raj and Sim-run for it.
The Windsong property also includes a big green swimming pool and a greener garden, a tiled terrace and rooms with private sit-outs. Guests can sign up for yoga and culinary classes, as well as gastronomy tours conducted by the Sehgals, who seem to be the star attractions on the property.
Mom and dad, Ritika and Vivek Sehgal’s hobbies include cooking, gardening and gardening while drinking wine, and guests are welcome to sign up for these. Breakfast is cooked with locally sourced ingredients and served with a side of folk tales a la Ritika.
We’re told that their 20-something year old daughter Prerna is your go-to girl for local delicacies – gossip and food. If you’re planning a Golden Temple orPartition Museum visit, stay here and she’ll promise to take you on her favourite gastronomy trail: Monu Kulcha for Amritsari Kulcha; Jagira Fish for Amritsari fried fish; Sharma Sweets for jalebi and gulab jamun; Ahuja Sweets for lassi and phirni; Kanha for gud ka halwa.
If you don’t want a gud girl’s guide to Amritsar, her brother Jai is an equestrian enthusiast, and is happy to give you a lesson at the barn next door.
Yay or neigh?
Getting there: Windsong Boutique BnB; visit www.windsongboutiquebnb.com; email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 9780907878, rooms start at Rs 6,000 per night including airport transfers and breakfast.
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