Yoga in India is always an experience. Basunti, in the heart of a beautiful wildlife reserve, makes it special. Whether you have been travelling in India or just want to escape the bustle of everyday life, a week of yoga at Basunti is the perfect way to unwind, relax and reclaim yourself...>>>

Painting Holidays

There is nowhere more memorable to paint than India. As Mark Twain wrote it is ” the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the world combined.” To read more >>>


Basunti offers a fantastic opportunity to fish for the legendary Golden Mahseer in a beautiful lake (which is part of the Maharana Pratap Sagar nature reserve), surrounded by spectacular nature and snowmelt rivers in the foothills of the Himalayas. >>>


Accommodation at Basunti combines the best of modern Indian design with European plumbing. With day time temperatures usually in the high 70s and above for 10 months of the year, Basunti’s accommodation is built for outdoor living with large, wide thatched verandahs on three sides. >>>

Basunti is an idyllic private lakeside retreat in the foot hills of The Himalayas, situated in the state of Himachal Pradesh in North India and surrounded by the waters of the Maharana Pratap Sagar. It sits at the heart of a wildlife reserve and has been developed sympathetically in accord with the local environment.

Set in beautiful tropical gardens with orange, mango, lychee and peach trees, Basunti’s spacious residences provide comfort combined with spectacular views. Basunti has its own open air, thatch-roofed shala that is ideally suited for yoga, meditation, tai chi and other holistic activities. Explore our website and discover a retreat that offers many relaxing activities including yoga, painting holidays, peaceful walks, bird-watching, fishing, swimming (in the fresh-water lake or the secluded swimming pool) and canoeing. It all adds up to a lifestyle that is peaceful, easygoing and informal. “So laidback, it’s almost horizontal” is how Harpers & Queen described the rural atmosphere at Basunti.

We primarily cater for small, selective parties with priority given to organizers or teachers who wish to run their own retreats, centred on a variety of activities – yoga, meditation, painting, photography, creative writing, film appreciation and angling, to name but a few.

Local places of interest, suitable for day trips from Basunti or tour extensions include the rock temples of Masroor, the Kagra Fort, Bathu Temples, Pragpur,  Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj and the city of Amritsar.

If you wish to inquire about hiring the resort for your own group, or join any of our retreats, or inquire about staying at Basunti, please contact us on

Special thanks to Annabelle Butterworth, Romi Noy and Maya Kalev and all friends, teachers and guests who contributed photographs for this site, and together with our dedicated staff, have made Basunti what it is.


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