Janhavi

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Janhavi, comes from a family of the erstwhile zamindars of Oudh (Uttar Pradesh) in northern India. She nurtures her 145-year-old ancestral home Abbotsford, in the Kumaon hills. It was here that her magical childhood was spent. A film maker, an author of her graphic novel on Mahatma Gandhi " Tales of Young Gandhi" published by Harper Collins, with a deep passion for photography, she has successfully entered the hospitality business by turning this family house into an exclusive boutique countryside home stay. It is here that she draws most of the inspiration reflected in her life and work.

China Peak 2010
China Peak 2010

“My intention is to make Abbotsford estate a tiny hub for people who have a certain sensibility towards nature, art, culture, literature, music, photography, and food in the form of my quaint alfresco Café called Café Chica’. “ The growth has been organic."

Forest Trail 2009
Forest Trail 2009

Myself, my mother Kanta Prasada with a guest from England

Treak to China Peak  2011
Treak to China Peak 2011

With Phillippa Kaye from Hotels Under 100

Trek to Ramgarh 2013
Trek to Ramgarh 2013

"And then we left for the cities for further studies and build careers. But I kept coming back to do my photography, to write my graphic novel on Gandhi (releasing in November by Harper Collins), to ideate how can I make this property more inclusive and accessible to people who appreciate history, nature, books, birds and the bees."

Forest Trail 2015
Forest Trail 2015

Walk from Nainital to Kilbury via China Peak 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Forest Treasures
Forest Treasures

“Over the years I have found a synergy in my multifaceted work space be it my media company Srijan Media (SMPL) or my NGO – Youth 4 Gandhi Foundation or my Cafe – what strings all this on a common thread is my value system for positive transformation, empathy, sharing, altruism, sustainability and peace."

Chef Shreyaa Summer 2015
Chef Shreyaa Summer 2015

Shreyaa's Kitchen at Cafe Chica with Chef Shreyaa Shah from Teri Garwal who again is not only our next door neighbor from Mary Villa but we go back 3 generations as friends of the Prasada's.

Chica 2011
Chica 2011

Cafe Chica name after my #Pug. Every summer Chica visits Abbotsford to look into matters of the Cafe ;)

Care for some local catch
Care for some local catch

Lachi - a fatty fish - great for grills!