Do you sometimes wish to escape the luxury and experience a simpler life? The one just like the old times where you indulge in local experiences, eat home-cooked food, learn about nature, go for short hikes and stumble upon unperturbed waterfalls? If you’ve nodded yes to that, then pack your bags and head to Native Place, a quaint hamlet near Pune.

Lake close to native place
Walking around the gorgeous lake near Native place’s guesthouse

About the property

Native place is a beautiful guest house nestled in Kamshet and blessed with gorgeous surroundings with a Vadivali lake and the mountains. The guest house has a very cosy and homely vibe and you’ll feel like you’re visiting an ancestral home full of warmth, comfort and plenty of natural beauty around.

You wouldn’t find any room service, Tv or ACs in the rooms and you can only dine-in at the common spaces. However, it’s a place where you’d meet people as strangers and leave as friends, where you can walk to the close-by lake or learn about various plants and witness a variety of birds fly past you. It’s a place where your phone might not find network, but your soul would be very well connected to nature. A perfect place for that long due digital detox.

Views from native place rooftop
(c)raoastrid_ Sunset views from the rooftop.

Stay options

The guest house design complements its earthy surroundings. The rooms are colourful, have high ceilings, large windows that allows fresh air and light.

There are different kind of rooms at this property. Such as Lake Front Room, Sun Room, 4 bunk zones (Dorms) as well as tents. (Tents and Dorms are provided with comfortable mattresses, sheets and pillows, and has a separate area of restrooms.)

Along with that, the guest house has many lovely areas to chill and unwind.

The vibe of this place is friendly and hospitality is impeccable. It’s like living with a family on a huge farm.

Lake front room at native place
(c) Native place lake front room

Things to do at Native place

There are tons of things to do at Native Place. For a little adrenaline rush, you can go on treks, try rock climbing, rappelling, paragliding or even book classes for paragliding (requires a group of six-eight adults).

You can also engage in bird watching, stargazing and learn about natural plants and remedies.

Visit the lake to take a stroll or swim, enjoy the breathtaking sunsets, or explore Buddhist caves nearby.

Tip: Book this place around meteor shower that can be witnessed from the terrace or during the fireflies season, for a magical experience.

Birdwatching at native place garden.
(c) Native Place Crimson Sunbird in the Gulmohor tree.


Native place offers delicious home-cooked buffet-style meals to its guests that have unique local flavours. Many of the ingredients are grown in their garden. All meals have fixed timings and served in the common dining area.

Fresh organic produce from the garden
(c)Raoastrid_ Fresh produce from Native place garden – Tondli Bhatt

Cost of the various rooms

  • Dorms, bunks and tents price is Rs 2,500 per person
  • For standard lake view room and sun room cost Rs 6,500 for two people
  • For nirvana cottage Rs 7,500 for two people
  • Prices are inclusive of all the meals.

These rates only apply to Indian nationals. Foreign nationals need to enquire on the website.

Native place is best for

Friends, families, nature lovers, photography enthusiasts or people looking for a digital detox. Writers can visit to get their creative juices flowing.

It’s for anyone who likes to be surrounded by green landscapes.

How to reach

From Pune, the Native Place is about 60 km and takes about an hour and a half to reach. Travelling by a private car is the best option.

Check out Native Place’s Website for more information and booking by clicking here

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