Before traveling to India we weren’t quite sure what our volunteer roles would be at Basunti but we soon settled into a gentle routine. Before the guests arrived we took the opportunity to get to know the place and the lovely Basunti team. We dug up beds of ginger and potatoes ready for the groups […]
Making the decision to come to Basunti as a working guest was one of my finest decisions – if I say so myself. Being taken away from the cold dark snowy nights, dreary rain and grey skies you can imagine it was a hard choice. So upon arriving in India and making the journey […]
Our second day at Basunti and it’s 8.30am, a temperate mist hangs over the garden but the stretch of mountains to the North are clear and crisp. The birds are washing themselves enthusiastically in the baths and Sumna pads across the veranda with warm chapatti’s and omelets for breakfast. It’s already 23 degrees when […]
This was supposed to be about the Gaddi Shepherds, who arrived back to Basunti three days ago, after an absence of nearly two years. I was hoping to get some photographs of them in traditional dress, leading the mixed flock of goats and sheep across the meadows. Went down this morning to find the […]
Decided to harvest the two beds of Chillies in the garden, as the evenings are starting to get quite cool and it is a good time to cut the plants back before mulching them in for the winter. Had a really good crop this year, with over six Kilos of Red Chillies and about […]
By Su Sareen.
This is our second time at Basunti and it was wonderful to be back… it’s a joy to be in such a special place.
By Gill Mitchell –
Basunti, to me, is like a fine wine that improves with age. I have returned to Basunti three years running. The first time I thought it was perfect, the second even more perfect, and the third it was just something so special it is beyond words. Sadly, I am a […]
Andy Fish and Andy arrived after a very successful fishing trip in the Barot and Tirthan valleys, Himachal Pradesh. A tally of over eighty wild Brown and Rainbow Trout, caught in five days, made for two very happy fishermen. As the water levels have started to drop in the lake, they decided to try […]
We arrived late afternoon to Basunti, an oasis of peace and tranquillity after a tiring journey. The next day we found that the monsoon season had yet to finish, but this did not dampen our spirits, as we practiced our yoga in the comfort of the Shala. The afternoons were brighter and very hot, […]
The monsoon seems to be coming to a close, as we have had no rain for the last five days and every morning starts with bright blue skies and stays hot and sunny. The pool at this time really comes into its own, nothing like an evening swim with a chilled glass of white, while […]