Winter has come to a close down here at Basunti, although it still snows occasionally on the low Himalayan peaks above Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj. The Gaddi shepherd is camping with his large flock of goats and sheep with their lambs on the meadows below; it must be still cold up on the mountains and […]
Turmeric in the foreground, Arbi in the middle and Okra at the back.
My favourite is the Arbi, you can eat the root, which looks like a knobbly potato, but I think it is rather tasteless. Its real glory is the leaves. You take the leaf and lay it flat then cover it with a […]
Basunti’s next painting retreat will be lead by Dorothy Morris. This is a 14 day painting holiday, suitable for professional and amateur artists, who will have the opportunity to draw onto Dorothy’s experience in painting and batik making techniques, together with touring and exploring different parts of North India.
The Tour: You will be […]
I arrived at Basunti in the dark, straight from Amritsar airport and yet to see any of India in daylight. I was warmly welcomed by Izzy, co-owner/creator of Basunti with her husband Dave, who showed me to my lovely room. I then crashed into bed without a second thought for where I was. When I […]
This old man appeared out of the mist last night with over two hundred sheep and goats. He had just walked all the way from Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, and is going to spend the next six weeks camping on the meadows below Basunti, where he can be seen from the yoga […]
This seasons carrot chutney is ready to be cooked; 20kg carrots, 6 kg onions, 6kg tomato, half kilo fresh green chillies, 400 grams garlic, 400 grams ginger, one kilo […]
Although I know my downward dog from my one-legged king pigeon pose, I’m relatively new to yoga.
Yet even almost breaking my nose while attempting a handstand wasn’t enough to take away the enjoyment of attending a 10-day yoga retreat in the Himalayan foothills.
Lucille Nesbitt-Comaskey, Jann Singh, Dorothy Morris and Allison Rudd-Mumford will be exhibiting their paintings of India.
We had the pleasure of hosting the artists – they stayed at Basunti in 2014, as part of a painting retreat and some of their resulting work will be exhibited.
The exhibition will take place at […]
Finally got around to doing the proposed trip to the well. Decided to go by the land route, as the weather has been really unpredictable and it was not safe to take a canoe out.
My truck driver friend Rajinder, heard that I was going to his neck of the woods and insisted that I […]
March & April marked the start of our yoga season with new teachers joining the growing family of teachers who are returning on a […]