Post the success of its first edition, the upcoming edition of Pravaas, a journey of collective discovery curated by Cymbal and Chef Prateek Sadhu, promises a delightful experience—this time, with a multi-sensory experience that combines music, food, and more amid the tranquility of Kasauli. By Bayar Jain
Launched last year, Pravaas—translating to ‘journey’ in Marathi—stays true to its name. Curated by Nakul Mehan, Aaryaman Scindia, and Chef Prateek Sadhu, these mindfully-crafted local experiences aim to inspire through refreshing discoveries in order to create timeless memories and take its participants—capped at 200 guests—on a journey of collective discovery. Each edition is a multi-sensory experience that traverses through unknown regions, bringing to life immersive experiences centred around the convergence of music, food and more. This year, for its second edition on May 13 and 14, expect to immerse in a similar soul-enriching journey once again.
This time, Pravaas will kickstart at Amaya, a sustainable retreat set amid 20 acres of a private pine forest in Kasauli. Designed by architect Bijoy Jain, Amaya seeks inspiration from its surrounding villages. Built without the use of cement and entirely by hand, this retreat fuses together modern and ancient lifestyles, giving its guests a chance to disconnect and reconnect with each other, the habitat, and themselves.
Converging native experiences, music journeys, and culinary curations, these multi-sensory experiences and journeys form an integral part of Pravaas.
Kasauli’s heritage can be discovered through soulfully-crafted native experiences. Immensely research-driven, these experiences will give guests access to discover the undiscovered. One such journey will be The Toy Train Express. With this, guests will be able to soak in the cantonment town’s historical journey through a classic train ride and disembark at a station wafting with smells of Himachali cuisine. Here, Chef Prateek Sadhu will serve his quirky take on the state’s flavours via a pop-up.
Sustainability takes centre-stage in the musical journeys at Pravaas. The stages, where the performances will take place are built using natural features of the location and crafted using locally-sourced elements. Take the sunset cliff stage, for example. Here, forward-thinking artists such as Dualist Inquiry (Live), LIfafa, Tech Panda X Kenzani, Amaya, Alboe, Okedo, PIa Collada and Sanyas-I will perform near the limestone pool located near the sunset cliff— in turn creating a truly immersive experience of the regional landscape. At the Simba uproar stage, also set up in a pine forest, a coexistence of natural landscapes and electronic artists will create an intimate, special experience like no other. The lineup includes FILM, Hamza Rahimtula, Jay Pei (LIVE), KaleeKarma, Schlick, Kohra, Unnayana, Paloma, Vaaru & Vridian.
Limited to 100 guests, the culinary journeys at Pravaas will enable diners to indulge in terroir-inspired menus conceptualised and prepared by Chef Prateek Sadhu. The three-pronged experience is designed to let guests taste the chef’s experimental food philosophies. While the Forager’s Table—prepared using foraged ingredients and local techniques, and served at Amaya’s boutique restaurant—will showcase experimental interpretations of hyperlocal cuisine, The Chef’s Tuck Shop will focus on Himachali street food for those who disembark at Barog Station. The Himachali Dhaam—a traditional feast celebrated in Himachal Pradesh—will also be set in a pine forest for a collaborative dining experience with the native community.
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